Miroslaw Romanowski Medal


Miroslaw Romanowski Medal

For scientific work relating to environmental problems.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: December  1, 2012

The Miroslaw Romanowski Medal was established in 1994, at the generous bequest of the estate of internationally renowned metrologist Miroslaw Romanowski.

The medal is awarded for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means. The bronze medal and a cash amount of $3,000 are awarded every year if there is a suitable candidate. An annual lecture series for the award recipient is also associated to the medal.

Past Winners

  • 2012 - Catherine Potvin
  • 2011 - Andrew J. Weaver, FRSC
  • 2010 – Donald Mackay
  • 2009 – Stan Boutin, FRSC
  • 2008 – Warwick F. Vincent, FRSC
  • 2007 - Christopher M. Wood
  • 2006 - Richard Peltier
  • 2005 - Robie Macdonald, FRSC
  • 2004 - Derek C.G. Muir, FRSC
  • 2003 - Peter J. Dillon
  • 2002 - Kevin J. Kennedy
  • 2001 - John P. Smol, FRSC
  • 2000 - David R.S. Lean
  • 1999 - Howard Roy Krouse, FRSC (Co-medallist)
  • 1999 - Jerome O. Nriagu, FRSC (Co-medallist)
  • 1998 - Thomas C. Hutchinson, FRSC
  • 1997 - Michel Maldague
  • 1996 - John A.Cherry, FRSC & Robert W. Gillham
  • 1995 - Pierre Legendre, MSRC
  • 1994 - David W. Schindler, FRSC


Catherine Potvin is a world leader—at many levels—in the study of global change biology. Her early research was among the first to show how plants respond to changing temperature, how changing carbon dioxide levels alter plant biodiversity, and how plant biodiversity alters ecosystem function. These research questions that Dr. Potvin helped to pioneer remain ever expanding topics of discussion and study around the world. She also developed and popularized several advanced statistical techniques that remain in wide use today in global change biology and beyond. More recently, Dr. Potvin conceived and implemented the first long-term tropical experiment relating tree biodiversity to ecosystem function. Similar experiments had been performed in temperate regions, but this new arena is critical because the tropics hold by far the greatest diversity of species and the greatest extent of species loss. Currently, Dr. Potvin is a major driving force at local, national, and international levels shaping research, policy, and implementation surrounding the program for "reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries" (REDD). Finally, she is playing a seminal role in training the next generation of environmental scientists through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs administered by McGill and implemented in Panama. Over the last 12 years, these programs have trained more than 330 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students in how to deal with environmental problems facing the tropics. Put simply, Dr. Potvin has a remarkable portfolio of scientific contribution to environmental science, making her an outstanding candidate for the Romanowski Prize.

Andrew Weaver is a world leader in the science of climate dynamics and an authority on computer modelling of past, present and future climate systems. Using coupled models of the Earth's climate system, he has explored the mechanisms that control modern climate and those that controlled climate variability in the geological past. He is an extremely effective spokesperson on global change issues.