Posted on June 21, 2011
Photo: Liam Richards
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.”
Dr. Monique Dubé has received the 2011 YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award in the science, technology and research category.
Dr. Dubé is an adjunct professor at the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick and the leader of a CWN-funded project that assesses the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems.
With CWN support, Dr. Dubé and her pan-Canadian research team are developing a framework to conduct cumulative effects assessments on lakes and rivers across Canada.
The results from the framework will be compared across watersheds and then integrated into a software-based decision-support tool called THREATS — The Healthy RiverEcosystem AssessmenT System — to be used by researchers and conservation authorities to better protect and manage our water resources.
“We are proud to honour women who are doing so much to strengthen our community,” said Barb Macpherson, executive director of YWCA Saskatoon.
“These incredible women remind us that each person has great potential and our role in this community is to support women and families to reach their potential and rise above challenging circumstances.”
Eleven Saskatoon women were recipients of the prestigious awards for contributions to the community and outstanding achievements in their respective fields.
Congratulations on a well-deserved honour, Monique!
Dr. Monique Dubé
Many of Canada’s rivers are being degraded through urban and industrial development and other human activities. What are the effects of dumping effluent into rivers? How much can these crucial lifelines withstand before they cross a critical line, a point of no return?
Dr. Monique Dubé – Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis at the University of Saskatchewan – has created the Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS) to help answer these questions. This nationally recognized framework and related software can identify when important changes have occurred in the quality of the water in rivers and in the health of the river’s bugs and fish. Her approach also involves a mobile laboratory for use at ‘hot spot’ sites on the rivers in order to track changes over time. The ultimate goal is providing the information essential to forming policies to keep waterways healthy.
Her commitment to keeping Canadian waters the treasures that they are is reflected in the numerous research projects and publications (over 50) she has undertaken. Dr Dubé has also received international recognition for development of bioassays for assessing effects of pulp mill, mine, and sewage wastes on river health, including most recently the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council‘s Synergy award.
Dr Dubé is also committed to teaching and training young scientists so they can make a positive contribution to protecting our environment. She has taught numerous University courses and developed an undergraduate course on water quality assessment, water pollution, wastewater treatment, and issues relating to environmental management and professional ethics. She is currently developing a graduate level course in experimental design and statistics.
Dr Dubé has also been described as an inspirational role model for young women scientists in research. She had two children while completing her Ph.D. and wants to help create a flexible learning environment so others can be equally successful.
In addition, Dr Dubé is known for working with communities, regulators, and industries to develop solutions to local issues. Her focus is on applying science to serving the public good.
Based on submission by Dr. Dubé’s graduate students: Carrie Rickwood, Jason Inkster, Allison Squires and Lauren Clarke.