Dr. Brock Fenton
Dr. Brock Fenton is a biology professor at York University in North York, Ontario. Fenton received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Toronto in 1969. He then spent 17 years working in Carlton University's biology department. In 1986, he moved to York University to become Chair of biology. He served as Associate Vice-President (Research) at York University from 1994 to 1999.
Fenton, known as York University's "batman", has won numerous awards for his research and teaching dealing with the ecology and behavior of bats. He has written numerous scientific papers and four books: Just Bats (1983), Communication in the Chiroptera (1985), Bats (1992) and The Bat: Wings in the Night Sky (1998). He has done field work on bats in many parts of the world including Costa Rica, Australia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Fenton and his graduate students visit local elementary and secondary schools and make presentations on bats to other groups naturalists, teachers and other groups. He has worked with the National Museums of Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum on bat exhibits. His contributions to increasing public awareness of science were recognized in 1993 with the Gordin Kaplan Award of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies.