Robert G. Boutlier New Investigator Award


The Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award is to encourage and honor CSZ members within seven years of receiving their first academic or professional appointment. The individual must have made significant contributions to zoology (defined broadly) and to be considered a "rising star" in their field.

Terms of reference


The R. G. Boutilier New Investigator Award is to encourage and honor CSZ members within seven years of receiving their first academic or professional appointment.  Additional time past seven years may be granted by the selection committee for non-sabbatical leaves of absence if adequate justification is provided by the nominator.


A scroll and a cash award or reimbursement of expenses not to exceed $1000. The individual will be requested to make a Plenary presentation at the AGM the year of their selection.

Source of Prize

Funded through CSZ general revenues.

Frequency of Availability

Maximum of one per year. This award will not necessarily be made each year.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations are to be made to the Chair of the Recognition Committee (the Past-President). A nominee must be a CSZ Regular Member in good standing at the time of their nomination.

Nominations can be made either by a Regular CSZ member or by the Chairs of the CSZ Sections. If by a Section Chair, discussions should be undertaken at their May Section Meeting and only one Section nominee per year will be accepted. All nominations will be held for one additional year only. Should a Section want to make a new nomination during this second year, the carry over file will be removed from the competition.

A complete nomination file will be submitted by the nominator, and include:

  1. a letter from the nominator (either an individual or Section Chair) regarding the reasons for the nomination,
  2. an up to date CV of the nominee, and
  3. letters in support of the nomination from no more than three individuals other than the nominator.
Application Deadline

1 October.

Robert G. (Bob) Boutilier


  • Born in Halifax, 1953
  • Died Cambridge (UK) 2003
  • BSc (First Class Honours) 1976 Acadia
  • MSc 1978 Acadia University
  • PhD 1981 University of East Anglia (England)
  • Post-doctoral fellow Max Planck Institute in Germany
  • Gulbenkian Institute (Portugal) 1980
  • Izaak Walton Killam Fellowship, UBC, 1982-84
  • NSERC University Research Fellow, UBC 1983
  • NSERC University Research Fellow, Dalhousie University 1984
  • Assistant, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University
  • Lecturer in zoology, University of Cambridge 1992
  • MA 1995 Cambridge
  • Reader in Comparative Physiology, Cambridge 2000
  • Co-editor, The Journal of Experimental Biology


  • 2002 - Fry Medal of the Canadian Society of Zoologists


  • 1990 - President's Medal in Animal Biology from the Society of Experimental Biology
  • 1996 - DSc, honoris causa, Acadia
  • 2000 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


  • doi: 10.1242/jeb.02113 April 1, 2006 J Exp Biol 209, 1157


  • 2017 - Graham Scott, McMaster University. Living the high life: integrative functional mechanisms of high-altitude adaptation.
  • 2016 - Jay Treberg, University of Manitoba. From environmental challenge to electron transfer efficiency and back again: metabolism at the centre of it all.
  • 2015 - Keith B. Tierney, University of Alberta. How aquatic vertebrates cope with ever changing environments.
  • 2013 - Chris Martyniuk, University of New Brunswick. Generation Omics: Hip or hype for exploration of vertebrate reproduction.
  • 2012 - Suraj Unniappan, York Univiersity. Neuroendocrine regulation of energy homeostasis: nesfatin-1 – from genes to physiology.
  • 2011 - Ryan Norris, University of Guelph. Linking periods of the annual cycle in migratory animals.
  • 2010 - Brent Sinclair, University of Western Ontario.
  • 2009 - Jeff Richards, University of British Columbia.
  • 2008 - Glenn Tattersall, Brock University.
  • 2007 - T. Ryan Gregory, University of Guelph. The evolution of genomes at large.
  • 2006 - Armando Jardim, Institute of Parasitology. Molecular escorts: getting nascent polypeptides to their organelles.
  • 2005 - Martin Grosell, University of Miami. Intestinal anion exchange - a novel aspect of marine teleost osmoregulation.
  • 2004 - Matt M. Vijayan, University of Waterloo. Stress axis in fish: mechanisms of action and inaction.
  • 2002 - Greg Goss, University of Alberta. Of pHish and pHrogs: Regulation of pH in animals