The royal treatment: Two Dalhousie scholars bestowed one of Canada’s highest academic honours

- September 6, 2023

Dr. Krista Kesselring, left, and Dr. Stefanie Colombo. (Provided photos)
Dr. Krista Kesselring, left, and Dr. Stefanie Colombo. (Provided photos)

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) added two world-class researchers from Dalhousie to their esteemed ranks. Dalhousie’s newest RSC Fellow is Dr. Krista Kesselring of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. She joins 2,557 distinguished Canadians from all branches of learning elected by peers for making remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.

Dr. Stefanie Colombo of the Faculty of Agriculture joins 400 fellow academics as am RSC Member. This title recognizes individuals who have begun demonstrating leading scholarly, research or artistic excellence within 15 years of completing a post-doctoral program. They are elected for a period of seven years.

“In the realm of Canadian academia, there are few accolades more esteemed than induction into the Royal Society of Canada as a Fellow or Member," says Dr. Alice Aiken, Dalhousie’s vice president of research and innovation. "This honour is richly deserved. The ground-breaking research of Drs. Kesselring and Colombo has significantly advanced the frontiers of their respective fields and deepened our comprehension of the world around us."

Meet Dal’s newest Royal Society of Canada inductees:

Dr. Krista Kesselring

Distinguished Research Professor

Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Department of History

Krista Kesselring has established an international reputation for her explorations of law, violence, gender, and popular politics in early modern Britain. She is an academic leader whose scholarship challenges the way we look at the role of law and social relations of power in the formation of the modern state. Interested in women’s history and the consequences of religious reform, she has recently co-authored a book on the post-Reformation history of divorce and is now examining the regulation of child, early and forced marriage. She is also currently studying England's notorious Court of Star Chamber to explore how changing uses of records, precedents, and evidence impinged upon the pursuit of justice.

Dr. Stefanie Colombo

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aquaculture Nutrition

Faculty of Agriculture

Dr. Stefanie Colombo, Dalhousie University’s Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aquaculture Nutrition, directly impacts Canadian farmed seafood by developing novel solutions in fish nutrition. Aquaculture will exceed wild fisheries in global seafood production by 2030. However, the industry is hindered by the ability to produce nutritious feed at a sustainable cost. Through development of environmentally sustainable feeds, her work is helping minimize aquaculture’s environmental footprint and maximize nutritional benefits for the fish and consumers. She is fundamentally influencing the food Canadians eat, increasing omega-3 content in salmon for the benefit of consumers.


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