Each year, Les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal (the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden)
make a contribution to research by offering two Pehr-Kalm Awards to graduate students at the IRBV and the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre. The 2012-2013 master’s-level prize ($5000) was awarded to Julie Munger (photo on the right), for her project on indicator plant species in sites where hydraulic exchange occurs between peatlands and aquiferous zones. This research, conducted under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, aims to facilitate identification of these exchange zones, which are of great ecological importance. The Ph.D.-level prize ($7000) was awarded to Tahiana Andriananjamanantsoa (photo on the left), who is conducting a study, under the supervision of Luc Brouillet, that seeks to redefine the phylogeny of the Malagasy genus Angraecum by analyzing its morphological and molecular characters and by examining the historical biogeography of the species of this group. His findings will help make it possible to develop a conservation strategy for this endangered genus.
Congratulations to the award recipients, and our sincere thanks to the Friends of the Garden for their support of research at the IRBV.