Dr. Monique Dubé has won Canadian Geographic‘s 2011 Environmental Scientist of the Year Award for her contributions to aquatic ecosystem research. Dubé is the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and the leader of a CWN-funded project that assesses the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems.
Dubé’s project assesses the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems. She and her research team are developing a framework to conduct cumulative effects assessments across five Canadian watersheds. The results from this four-year study will be integrated into a decision-support software tool called THREATS — The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System—which will be used by researchers and conservation authorities to better protect and manage water resources.
“Our limitation is not science,” said Dubé at last April’s Munk School event on water management in the oilsands. “We know what needs to be done. But we are being ignored.”