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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Aquatic Science Early Career Award for 2017 CCFFR/SCL Meeting

Application Deadline: October 24, 2016

In 2016 the CCFFR Board identified the need to promote the participation of early career aquatic scientists at the annual meeting.  Following on the success of the Clemens-Rigler travel award in promoting graduate student participation, the new Early Career Award will provide travel support to aquatic scientists who have completed a graduate degree at a Canadian university and are beginning their careers

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are pursuing a career in aquatic sciences and presenting their research (poster or oral presentation) at the CCFFR/SCL annual meeting and are currently:

  • Post-doctoral fellows or,
  • Graduates of a Canadian university who received an MSc or PhD within the past 2 years and are currently not employed in the aquatic sciences.

How much can one expect to get?

The Early Career award was established in 2016 and has no precedent for funding.  Award amounts will be based on available funds to support the award and are anticipated to be approximately $500 (depending on financial needs).

When and how results will be made public?

The committee will meet a week or two after the application deadline, and applicants will be notified by email.

How to apply?

To apply for travel support, please provide the following:

Application information (please provide all information)

  1. Name, full mailing address and email
  2. Current position (e.g. PDF, seeking employment)
  3. Most recent degree: including Department, University, Supervisor and date of graduation.
  4. Amount requested: (brief justification for requested amount, i.e. anticipated costs, additional support available)
  5. Nature of presentation (oral or poster), please attach a copy of the abstract for the presentation in MSWord format.

Information provided will remain confidential. Email addresses will only be used to communicate with the applicant and respondent about the application.

Please send information via email (please use MSWord format for attachments),