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Trent Grad Student Receives Prestigious US Wildlife Conservation Society Scholarship


Kaplan Awards Program Grants Megan Hornseth $14,000 US for Research Project on Canada Lynx

Friday, June 8, 2007, Peterborough

Lynxes in the wildMegan Hornseth, a master’s student in Trent University’s Watershed Ecosystems M.Sc. program, has been awarded the prestigious Kaplan Award from the United States Wildlife Conservation Society for her research on the Canada lynx.

The Kaplan Awards Program (KAP) is a scholarship program that supports the conservation efforts of young biologists working in the field. Specifically, the program is designed to support projects on wild cats with a conservation focus. As a 2007 recipient, Ms. Hornseth will receive $14,000 US to support her research project on the Canada lynx. She will also have the opportunity to apply for additional funding next year.

“Canada Lynx are listed as threatened in the United States, and although they are not protected in Canada, lynx are declining at the southern extent of their range where habitat fragmentation has occurred,” explains Ms. Hornseth, who joined Trent’s M.Sc. program in Watershed Ecosystems in January 2007. “The goals of my research are to identify the southern extent of the lynx range in Ontario, and delineate potential corridors between core and southern populations by developing a habitat suitability model.”

Ms. Hornseth’s project, entitled Canada lynx habitat integrity and prospects for connectivity at the southern range periphery in North America, also studies the movement paths of GPS collared lynx to identify important habitat components used by lynx while dispersing. Within the next six to eight months she will be heading into the field to place GPS collars on Canada lynx in and around Quetico Provincial Park, located near Thunder Bay.


For more information, please contact:
Megan Hornseth, (705) 748-1011 ext. 7438