The role of the SCL:

To offer a forum to discuss, promote, and support
limnologists and their research in Canada.

Official website for the Society of Canadian Limnologists.


Water is essential to all life, and humans have a responsibility to protect and preserve our water resources. Limnology, the study of inland waters, stems from this basic responsibility to maintain water quality for all forms of life that depend on it, and assess its resilience to the pressures we are constantly placing on it. Although freshwater represents only a few percent of all the water on Earth, it represents all the water we drink and all the water suitable for irrigation and growing food on land, not to mention every terrestrial and freshwater species in the world that rely on it for their survival. Canada’s freshwaters are facing multiple threats, including chemical releases from industrial, urban and residential sources, climate change, invasive species, pathogens, algal toxins, and many more. Limnology is a science at the forefront of finding solutions to some of the greatest environmental threats facing Canada and the world. So go ahead, hug a limnologist.

Limnology is the study of inland waters - lakes (both freshwater and saline), reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater - as ecological systems interacting with their drainage basins and the atmosphere. The limnological discipline integrates the functional relationships of growth, adaptation, nutrient cycles, and biological productivity with species composition, and describes and evaluates how physical, chemical, and biological environments regulate these relationships.

The word limnology is derived from the Greek limne - marsh, pond and Latin limnaea - thing pertaining to a marsh. Stated simply, limnology is the study of the structural and functional interrelationships of organisms of inland waters as their dynamic physical, chemical, and biotic environments affect them.

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Why Join the SCL?

Membership Includes These Services

Membership Profile/Community

By registering, members join a growing and active membership of limnologists across Canada.

Newsletter Subscription

Members also will receive periodical newsletters, as well as access to all previously released editions and archives.


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Conference Organization & Participation

Each year we co-organize conferences for our membership, providing opportunities for collaboration and communicating your research.

Annual Awards & Recognition

Each year, we take nominations for awards to recognize the achievements of Canadian Limnologists and their achievements.

Outreach & Advocacy

Our members are frequently recognized in the media, and are invited to provide their insights to our blog.

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SCL and CCFFR Joint-Statement on Black Lives Matter and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Please find below the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) and Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) joint-statement in response to racial injustice and systemic racism. If you would like to see tangible actions on EDI take place in our societies, please contact the EDI Joint-Committee Co-Chair Cecilia Barouillet <> for information on how to get involved.

CCFFR and SCL believe Black lives matter. The current BLM movement resonates here in Canada as racism, harassment and discrimination remain pervasive, and continue to harm the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Scientific societies are no exception. Fisheries and the aquatic sciences, like other scientific disciplines, are and have been dominated by white faces and voices. As scientists we can and must do more to fight structural and societal injustices. CCFFR and SCL stand with other societies in condemning systemic and individual acts of racism within Canada and globally. We wish to take this opportunity to pledge our commitment to being Allies to our BIPOC members: colleagues, early-career researchers, and students. We will actively share in the fight against racism and intolerance by listening, learning, using privilege to create inclusive spaces, and calling out microaggressions and barriers to fair and equitable treatment. It is time we acknowledge inequities, uncover and reveal the damaging biases, and embrace the changes we need to make. That we have not done so in the past is a grave injustice we seek to right.

To our BIPOC colleagues: this statement is part of a broader commitment to making the societies ones that are supportive and responsive to the needs of our marginalised members whose ability to participate fully in our discipline, scholarship and teaching is limited by systemic and structural forces. CCFFR and SCL have a joint dedicated equity, diversity and inclusion committee. Our goal is for our BIPOC members to feel heard, accepted, and safe; and to acknowledge, confront and correct any inequities we discover within CCFFR and SCL. We commit to identifying and implementing actions that will help to achieve this goal. This will not be the last message from us – correcting the inequalities in CCFFR-SCL will take time to do properly, and we will be dedicating ourselves to these efforts as an ongoing, long-term commitment.


Pour CCFFR et SCL, Black lives matter (les vies Noires comptent). Le mouvement BLM résonne ici au Canada comme étant une preuve que le racisme, le harcèlement et les discriminations sont toujours omniprésents et continuent de nuire aux vies des Noires, Peuples Autochthones et Personnes de Couleurs (BIPOC). Les sociétés scientifiques ne font pas exceptions. Les sciences halieutiques et aquatiques, parmi d’autres disciplines scientifiques, sont/ ont été dominées par des blancs. En tant que scientifiques, nous pouvons et devons combattre ces injustices structurales et sociales. CCFFR et SCL s’engagent, avec d’autres sociétés, à condamner le racisme systémique et individuel (REMOVE S) au Canada et plus largement à l’échelle mondiale. Nous nous engageons à être les Alliés de nos adhérant(e)s BIPOC : collègues, chercheurs/chercheuses en début de carrières et étudiant(e)s. Nous nous engageons à participer activement dans la lutte contre le racisme et les intolérances en écoutant, en apprenant ; utilisant les privilèges pour créer des espaces inclusifs, ainsi qu’en luttant contre les micro-agressions et les barrières – marqueurs d’un racisme systémique – vers un traitement plus juste et équitable. Il est temps pour nous de reconnaître les inégalités, de découvrir et révéler les préjugés/biais néfastes et d’accepter et de s’ouvrir aux changements que nous devons mettre en place. Notre manquement dans le passé est une grande injustice que nous aspirons à corriger.

A tous nos collègues BIPOC : cette déclaration fait partie d’un engagement plus large qui vise à transformer nos sociétés afin qu’elles soient plus solidaires et qu’elles répondent aux besoins de nos adhérent(e)s marginalisé(e)s, pour qui la capacité de participer pleinement à nos disciplines scientifiques, bourses et enseignements est limitée par les barrières systémiques et structurales. C’est dans ce but que le comité d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion de CCFFR et SCL a été créé. Notre but étant notamment que nos adhérent(e)s BIPOC se sentent écouté(e)s, accepté(e)s et en sécurité, ainsi que de reconnaitre, affronter et corriger les inégalités présentent dans nos deux sociétés. Nous nous engageons à identifier et mettre en œuvres les actions et changements nécessaires afin de concrétiser ces objectifs.

Ceci ne sera pas notre dernier message. Lutter contre les inégalités présentes dans nos sociétés CCFFR et SCL de façon efficace et adéquate prendra du temps, mais nous nous engageons à assurer la pérennité et continuité de cet engagement.