Sarah Hasnain, PhD candidate at Queens University, has won the first ever Muskoka Summit on the Environment (MSE) Research Award. The award, in the amount of $7,500, supports graduate student environmental research within Muskoka in fields related to environmental science, resource studies and/or policy.
“I am very humbled and honored to be chosen for this award,” said Hasnain when she received the news. “The funds provided by this grant will allow me to conduct field research in the Muskoka Watershed and help stakeholders manage lakes that have been invaded by the spiny water flea,” she continued.
The quality and originality of Hasnain’s proposal, that uses native species to address the spiny water flea invasion in Muskoka, resulted in her winning this award. The winner was announced at the 2014 MSE “Environment vs Economy: resolving the dichotomy” on May 8th in Bracebridge.
The Muskoka Summit on the Environment featured six internationally known speakers and attracted over three hundred people to discuss the environment/economy nexus.
The MSE Award was made possible by fundraising efforts of the Summit organizing committee and Friends of the Muskoka Watershed. “We plan to continue to support applied research in Muskoka by offering this award at each Summit,” said Norman Yan, Chair of Friends of the Muskoka Watershed. The next Muskoka Summit on the Environment is in 2016.