This research award was established in the memory of Dr. Laurie Consaul (1960-2012) through the generous annual financial support of her husband Mark Armstrong. Laurie was an internationally recognized plant systematist, and an expert in Arctic plants and the taxonomically-challenging grass genus Puccinellia. During her 22 year career as Research Assistant in the Botany section at the Canadian Museum of Nature, she spent many summers undertaking botanical fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic and gained an excellent knowledge of the Arctic flora. Laurie obtained her PhD in 2008 with her research focused on the systematics of Canadian Arctic Puccinellia. In 2011, after obtaining her PhD for her research on the systematics of Canadian Arctic Puccinellia, Laurie accepted a position as Assistant Pr

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