ArcticNet Student Association

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ASA-APECS Mentor Award


APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) would like to recognize and honor the efforts of their mentors within the polar science community of Canada. This award has been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

Congratulations to Lisa Loseto as the recipient of the 2017 APECS Canada - ASA Mentor Award!

Dr. Lisa Loseto was awarded the 2017 APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award. Lisa’s research has focused on the health of marine ecosystems in the Western Arctic, using beluga and fish as indicator species, and incorporating traditional and local knowledge (TLK) into her research. Throughout her career she has not only worked alongside the northern communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and created friendships with community members, she has truly fostered collaboration between Inuvialuit TLK and research. Lisa’s passion for beluga research stems from the importance of this integral species to the Inuvialuit culture and the way of being. She views the health of the beluga populations as an indicator for health of the ecosystem in the Western Arctic marine environment, as well as the communities and culture that rely on it. Lisa has lead beluga monitoring programs within the Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Area; these monitoring programs not only provide jobs for the Inuvialuit, but also foster communication and teachings on beluga and fish sampling in the areas of local communities. Although Lisa is early in her career, the dedication she has put toward monitoring beluga and the achievements she has made thus far in her career have been recognized by many. Below are just some of the kind words identified in her support letters:

“Lisa is committed to get her sampling done on the Beluga in the ISR so we as Inuvialuit know our food is safe to eat. She has seen our calm, windy and rainy days and has always returned to have the work complete. She connects and gets to know our lifestyle and the ways of our world. Thank you Lisa, if it was not for her we would not know if our food is healthy enough to eat.”
~Verna Pokiak Student Aurora College, Tuktoyaktuk

“She took the time to learn from me. Before she uses her scientific knowledge she asks locals on traditional knowledge and uses traditional ways first, and she combines both to get more accurate results.”
~Andrew Gordon Jr. ARI Technician, Inuvik

“Working with Lisa on the Beluga was invaluable. It was easy to see that she cared about the science/work that she is doing, which made working with her a privilege. Her genuine interest for the people of the Mackenzie Delta region means that Inuvialuit values and science are combined in a meaningful and productive working relationship. In a way, this provides a model on how well a community-based research project could make such a positive impact.”
~Enooyaq Sudlovenick MSc PEI, Iqaluit


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