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Natasha Gownaris awarded graduate fellowship

May 24, 2011

Natasha GownarisNatasha Gownaris, a second year doctoral student at the Institute, has been awarded a three-year graduate fellowship from the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya, Africa. Her research at TBI will address the impacts of climate change and hydroelectric power development on the fisheries of Lake Turkana and the lives of the people living along the lake’s margins. “I was drawn to Lake Turkana because of the many knowledge gaps on the ecosystem that, if filled, could assist in better management of its resources in the face of future anthropogenic threats,” said Gownaris. “We are very excited for and proud of Tasha for being awarded this prestigious fellowship,” said IOCS Executive Director Dr. Ellen Pikitch, who is Gownaris’ academic advisor.

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