Robert Peters Award

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2021 Peters Award Recipients/Récipiendaires de l'année 2021

Madison Bell and Matthew Duda

This year, the Peters award committee was pleased to offer two awards to students who were first authors on outstanding papers in the field of limnology: Madison Bell (University of Ottawa), and Matthew Duda (Queen’s University). Both studies are pushing the boundaries of limnology and paleolimnology and helping to prove the breadth of applications across diverse disciplines.

In her paper, Madison Bell developed a new line of inquiry for lake sediment studies by using accurate mass quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry coupled to ultra-performance liquid chromatography to characterize the molecular composition of organic matter in sediments across northern Canada. These results indicate that organic composition in lake sediment cores are useful to track changes in ecoregions through time, including shifting treeline, as well as other climate-induced changes to the northern Canadian landscape.

Matthew Duda published his influential paper that uses limnology and paleolimnology to explore the long-term population trends in the world’s largest Leach’s Storm-petrel colony. The results of these analyses provide ornithologists and wildlife managers the much-needed long-term context to understand natural population variability prior to human industrialization.

We want to heartily congratulate both winners this year, and look forward to hearing them speak about their work as invited talks at SCL/CCFFR in 2021!

Full references:
Bell, MA, DP Overy, and JM Blais. 2020. “A continental scale spatial investigation of lake sediment organic compositions using sedimentomics” Science of the Total Environment. 719:137746.

Duda, M, GJ Robertson, JE Lim, JA Kissinger, DC Eickmeyer, C Grooms, LE Kimpe, WA Montevecchi, N Micheluitt, JM Blais, and JP Smol. 2020 “Striking centennial-scale changes in the population size of the threatened seabird” Proceedings of the Royal Society London B: 20192234.

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Robert Henry Peters

Robert Henry Peters (1946-1996)

McGill University (1974-1996)

His life & career:
Kalff, J. 1996. Obituary for Robert Henry Peters. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 53:1692-1694.
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Pace, M.L. and P. delGiorgio. 1996. In Memoriam Dr. Robert H. Peters. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 142:1.
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delGiorgio, P., Y. Prairie and M.L. Pace. 1997. Robert H. Peters honored with ASLO’s citation for scientific excellence. ASLO Bulletin 6(1):23-25. (Copyright 1997 by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.)
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Downing, J.A. 1997. In Memorium: Robert Henry Peters (1946-1996). ASLO Bulletin 6(1):25-27. (Copyright 1997 by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.)
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This award recognizes the best aquatic sciences paper published in the preceding year by a Canadian student or a student working in Canada. The student must be an undergraduate or graduate student, and must be first author on the publication.

A paper can be considered for the Peters’ Award if it is published within the time period of one year prior to the deadline for nominations, and the first author is a student or has recently graduated. A paper is considered “published” once it is posted on-line by the journal or appears in hardcopy, whichever occurs first. A single body of work may only be considered for nomination once.

The nomination consists of a submission of the paper, typically from the student’s supervisor. Nominations may be accompanied by a cover letter (not to exceed one page, single-spaced, 12-pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins) outlining the quality, importance and impact of the paper.

The value of the award is $500 and a complimentary one-year membership in the Society, to be presented at the annual meeting of SCL/CCFFR where the student must present a summary of their paper.

Timelines: A call for nominations will be made annually in spring, with a nomination submission deadline set for June 15th. The evaluation committee will evaluate nominations and announce a recipient by early fall of the award year.

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Past winners

2020 - Kyra A. St. Pierre
2019 - Marie-Eve Monchamp
2018 - Matthew Guzzo
2017 - Jaime Summers and Daniel Grégoire (two recipients this year)
2016 - Matt Bogard
2015 - Sophie Chiasson-Gould
2014 - Dominic Vachon
2013 - Zofia Taranu
2012 - Jennifer Korosi
2011 - Henry F. Wilson
2010 - Adam Jeziorski
2009 - Jason Venkiteswaran
2008 - Mark Graham
2007 - Greg Silsbe

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