Both Jackie Dawson (Assistant Professor) and Denis Lacelle (Associate Professor) from the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics have accepted the Early Researcher Award. They are among a group of 11 researchers from the University of Ottawa to receive this award in 2015. The award funds new and promising researchers to build a research team to pursue leading-edge research that is crucial to Canada’s innovation future. Jackie Dawson will receive funding for her project entitled Arctic Marine Use and Transportation (AMUT): Informing Decisions, Governance and Policy, as well as Denis Lacelle for his project entitled Response of Physical and Biogeochemical Processes in Permafrost to Warmer-Wetter Arctic. These researchers are the first from the Faculty of Arts to receive these awards from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.