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Kevin Turner on the Old Crow River
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Laurier PhD student wins Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research

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Laurier student Kevin Turner has received a prestigious Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research.

Turner, who is working on a PhD in geography and environmental studies, is one of six recipients across Canada at the PhD level from this year’s competition.

The scholarship is valued at $40,000 over two years and is awarded through the Canadian Northern Studies Trust program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies.

Recipients are selected based on research time in the Canadian north, relevance of their research to northern communities, and a willingness to communicate findings with the scientific and northern communities.

Turner’s supervisor, associate professor and NSERC Northern Research Chair Brent Wolfe, says the honour is well deserved.

“Kevin’s work is a significant contribution to the field of northern hydrology,” says Wolfe.

Through his research, Turner focuses on using water isotope tracers to characterize the present and past hydrology of lakes in the Old Crow Flats in northern Yukon Territory.

His findings directly address concerns the local First Nation community of Old Crow has regarding the effects of climate change on their traditional territory. Residents have noticed water levels in nearby lakes dropping rapidly.

Turner’s award follows a post-graduate doctoral scholarship from NSERC and a recent lead-authored publication in the Journal of Hydrology.

“Kevin has been very dedicated to his northern research program,” says Wolfe. “He has conducted extensive fieldwork and effectively communicated his findings to the people of Old Crow.”

Turner’s research is also supported by the Government of Canada International Polar Year program, the NSERC Northern Research Chair program, the Polar Continental Shelf Project and the Northern Scientific Training Program.

In early 2009, Turner traveled on a two-week expedition to Antarctica as part of the International Polar Year. 

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