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PALS 2017

The Ontario Quebec Paleolimnology Symposium will be hosted by Brock University, May 24-26, 2017. The Ontario-Quebec Paleolimnology Symposium (PALS) is an annual student-run conference that provides an opportunity for individuals to discuss ongoing studies and research within the field of paleolimnology. PALS was conceptualized in 2006 by a group of researchers from various institutions across Ontario and Quebec. The first PALS was hosted in 2007 by Wilfred Laurier University.

This year, the 10th anniversary of PALS, will be hosted at Brock University, St. Catharines (ON). This is the first time that PALS has ever been at Brock.

For meeting details, please visit their website or follow them on twitter.

 

Limnoseminar: putting limnology on-line

(The following is an excerpt from our most recent issue of "The Current"; download now to read the full newsletter!)

The SCL is hosting a series of monthly online live broadcasts to share research in the field of Limnology. The format is open and freely accessible to all, with all seminars archived on YouTube and linked to on the SCL web page. Content is welcome in both french and english. The series is organized and hosted by Alexandre Poulain (@RedoxRoxDetox, @Limnoseminar).

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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),

earlycareerccffr@gmail.com

2017 nominations for Rob Peters Award open

Do you know a Canadian student in aquatic sciences publishing outstanding work in their field? There's an award for that...

The Rob Peters award is presented annually to recognize the best aquatic sciences paper published the preceding year by a Canadian student, or student working in Canada. We are now accepting nominations which consist of (1) a copy of the paper and (2) a cover letter outlining the quality, importance and impact of the paper.  The award is valued at $500 and includes a one year membership in the Society of Canadian Limnologists.  The award will be presented at the annual meeting of SCL/CCFFR (January 5-8 2017 in Montreal) where the student must present a summary of their paper.  

Please submit your nominations to helen.baulch@usask.ca (Subject: Peters Award) by this years' deadline of Sept 26.  

Details on the award, past winners, and the nomination process are here: http://socanlimnol.ca/awards/robert-peters-award/

 

Abstract submission and early registration open for #CCFFR2017!

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We are happy to announce the call for abstracts and registration for the CCFFR-SCL 2017 meeting in beautiful Montreal. This year there are 14 proposed sessions as well as general sessions, meaning there'll be lots of great Canadian Aquatic Sciences going on over just a few days this coming January.

Abstract submission deadline and early registration is Oct. 17th.

Links for abstract submissions and registration can be found on our webpage which has links directly to the CCFFR website: http://www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/ccffr/ccffrccrp-2017

Check out the website for additional details on deadlines, hotel bookings, planned activities, and the scientific programme.

We welcome all to come to Montreal and share their latest findings in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the 2017 CCFFR-SCL meeting January 5-8, 2017!

Special session deadline for Montreal 2017 fast approaching!

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Do YOU have a great idea for a special session at the upcoming Montreal meeting with CCFFR in 2017? Well, today is your lucky day.

To help build this meeting, we’re looking for special session and workshop proposals from you! Please submit your special session or workshop title, along with a 250 word summary and the list of 5 potential speakers/contributors to Marco Rodriguez via email (marco.rodriguez@uqtr.ca) by June 15th 2016. We especially encourage submissions from researchers in early stages of their career.

Send your submissions today! What are you waiting for? Let's make Limnology a big part of the meeting in Montreal!

Le GRIL : 25 ans en écologie aquatique

Beatrix Beisner1, Bernadette Pinel-Alloul2 et Claudette Blanchard2
1GRIL, Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
2GRIL, Département de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal

[an english version of this post appears in Issue 8 of our newsletter, The Current]

L’année 2015 marque le 25e anniversaire du GRIL – le Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie et en environnement aquatique – vous le connaissez peut-être comme le groupe de limnologie au Québec. Le GRIL est financé depuis 1993 par le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) à titre de réseau stratégique de recherche.

Cependant, la véritable naissance du GRIL a été en 1989 quand il a été formé par des limnologistes enthousiastes de quatre universités : l'Université de Montréal (UdeM), l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), l'Université McGill et de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Depuis les années 1970, Montréal hébergait un noyau de chercheurs en limnologie composé de deux principaux groupes concurrents : celui associé au professeur Étienne Magnin à l'UdeM et celui associé au professeur Frank Rigler à l'Université McGill et auquel se sont joints les professeurs Jacob Kalff et Rob Peters peu de temps après. C’est au cours d’une année sabbatique à l'Université McGill en 1984, et à travailler plus étroitement avec Jacob Kalff, que la professeure Bernadette Pinel-Alloul de l'UdeM a été inspiré pour créer un nouveau réseau de recherche en limnologie. Elle a obtenu 50 000 $ en fonds de démarrage de l’UdeM et a trouvé un allié solide en la personne de Rob Peters pour créer le GRIL. Jacob Kalff, Pierre Legendre et Dolors Planas se sont rapidement impliqués, de même que plusieurs jeunes chercheurs dynamiques : John Downing, Antonella Cattaneo, David Bird, Yves Prairie et Pierre Magnan. Le financement initial du GRIL provenait des quatre universités fondatrices. Le groupe a élaboré sa première demande de subvention à partir de plusieurs discussions bilingues, grandement synthétisées par le talentueux Rob Peters. La première subvention de 150 000 $ a été attribuée par le FCAR (maintenant FRQNT) en 1993, positionnant ainsi le GRIL sur la scène de la recherche canadienne.

Depuis sa fondation, le GRIL a grandi et s’est épanoui grâce aux conseils de trois directeurs : Bernadette Pinel-Alloul de l'UdeM (1989-1999), Yves Prairie de l'UQAM (2000-2008) et Pierre Magnan de l'UQTR (2008-2015). Nous espérons une bonne continuité sous la direction de notre quatrième directrice, Beatrix Beisner de l'UQAM. Depuis les tout débuts, Claudette Blanchard a assuré l’administration du groupe; aujourd’hui, le GRIL est aussi grandement aidé par deux agents de liaison scientifique : Marie-Andrée Fallu (depuis 2006) et Pierre-Olivier Benoit (depuis 2014). Le GRIL a un Comité d'étudiants actif et plusieurs laboratoires analytiques pour les échantillons aquatiques gérés par du personnel de recherche hautement qualifié. Quatre nouveaux établissements membres (INRS-ETE, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Concordia, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) se sont ajoutés aux quatre établissements fondateurs.

Depuis quelques années, le GRIL s’est engagé dans des projets de collaboration de recherche écologique à long terme (sur des lacs sentinelles instrumentés et le lac Saint-Pierre), activités qui sont étroitement alignées avec le GLEON (y compris la co-organisation du congrès GLEON16). Pour faciliter la formation, le GRIL offre des subventions de recherche conjointes pour les étudiants codirigés par ses membres. Le GRIL gère aussi ÉcoLac, un programme CRSNG-FONCER (avec le Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit à l'Université Laurentienne et le Canadian Rivers Institute à l'UNB), qui favorise la formation de limnologistes. Nos membres et notre personnel agissent à titre de consultants auprès de ministères du gouvernement du Québec (Environnement et Ressources naturelles), ainsi qu’auprès de réseaux dédiés à la gestion de l’eau au Québec (p. ex. ROBVQ, ABQ). En plus de faciliter la recherche et la formation à travers notre réseau, la sensibilisation publique représente une grande partie des activités du GRIL. Nous participons à des activités grand public telles que le 24 heures de sciences (partout au Québec), le Festival Eureka! et le Forum national sur les lacs, entre autres. Nous avons également un symposium annuel au cours duquel nos chercheurs et nos étudiants ainsi que deux limnologistes de renommée internationale présentent et discutent de leurs recherches dans un environnement entièrement bilingue et très animé. Une tradition annuelle depuis mars 1991! Vive le GRIL!

25 ans du GRIL en chiffres :

Publications avec évaluation par les pairs : 1663
Livres publiés : 14

Étudiants M.Sc. : 549
Étudiants Ph.D. : 244
Stagiaires postdoctoraux : 128

Inland waters vs. Oceans cage-match: upcoming special issue

From Maggie Xenopoulos, Professor, Trent University and SCL member

We are currently getting organized for a special issue of Limnology and Oceanography to be printed in 2017 on emphasizing the changes and contrasts in biogeochemistry, biodiversity, ecology and/or evolution from limnology to oceanography. We are looking for a broad range of topic areas and approaches across aquatic ecosystems.
Related to this special issues is a Special Session (SS26): “Headwaters to oceans: ecological and biogeochemical contrasts across the aquatic continuum” to be held at the ASLO 2016 summer meeting in Santa Fe. This session will be chaired by a handful of L&O Associate Editors (myself, John Downing, Maren Voss, Susanne Menden-Deuer, Dileep Kumar) and Editor-in-Chief (Robert Howarth).

We encourage you to submit your abstracts to this session before the upcoming deadline (2 February, 2016).
The abstract session is pasted below.
Please visit the meeting website: https://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/santafe2016/default.asp
Please also forward to your students and colleagues.
We hope to see you in Santa Fe in June.

SS26: “Headwaters to oceans: ecological and biogeochemical contrasts across the aquatic continuum”
This session emphasizes transformations and changes in ecology and biogeochemistry of waters across the continuum of ASLO’s fields: from limnology to oceanography. The session will be the seed for a 2017 special issue of Limnology and Oceanography and is organized by six of the journal’s editors. Abstracts emphasizing intellectual and scientific exchanges across limnology and oceanography; large-scale, emerging ideas; and transformations across inland-water to oceanic gradient will be especially welcome. Some potential topic areas might include nutrient and carbon dynamics, including release, transportation, transformation, and spiraling; food web continua, including functional changes, biodiversity gradients, and P/R; comparisons of the same principles and functions among ecosystems at different points in the continuum; comparison of the same phenomenon or finding among diverse aquatic ecosystems (e.g., acidification, foodweb strength, responses to pollution); and transformation across freshwater to wetland/coastal systems. Reviews, secondary analyses, and meta-analyses taking a comparative approach across systems will also be welcome.

Meeting round-up; #CCFFR 2016

Jerome Marty, SCL President
Twitter: @JmartyMarty

About 240 scientists attended the 69th SCL-CCFFR January 7-9, held in St John's NF this year. The 2 day conference started with 3 great plenary lectures. Julia Baum from U. of Victoria gave the Stevenson lectures on the current state of marine conservation in Canada compared to other countries; in it, she indicated how we clearly have some work to do to better protect our oceans. This message was well-received by Nick Whalen, newly-elected MP from St John's East who registered for and attended the entire conference. The Rigler Award, our society's highest honour, was presented to Bill Taylor from U. Waterloo, who then presented a the Rigler lecture. The lecture gave an overview of methods and limitations of phosphorous measurements in lakes. His lecture helped to remind us that in many lakes, over 70% of phosphorus is contained in fish!

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Left to Right- Matt Bogard (Rob Peters Award winner, 2016); SCL President Jerome Marty; Bill Taylor (Frank Rigler Award winner, 2016)

For the first time, we were able to include a lecture from the student receiving the Peters award in our plenary session (a tradition we very much hope to continue). We have a great generation of up-and-coming aquatic scientists, and this gives them an excellent opportunity to help highlight the research that was selected as the focus of their award. Congratulation Matt Bogart for a great talk on methane production in lakes (even under oxic conditions!). This is now giving pause to all of us deciphering carbon sources to consumers using carbon isotopes...

The usual business meeting of the society was the opportunity to communicate positive and encouraging numbers for the SCL. Our membership is growing, providing a financial stability to allow us to think about new projects and opportunities. Among these discussed was a vote in favor of a student travel award to support participation to the next SIL conference, this summer in Torino, Italy (members can expect an e-mail about this shortly). We are moving forward with the incorporation of the society to more actively allow us to seek funding from a broader range of sources, and also to finally, officially "exist" as a society. Thank you to Alain Patoine (our VP) for collecting information on how to incorporate and to Norm Yan for helping prepare the new wording required for our by Laws as this initiative moves forward.

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The view into St. John's Harbour during CCFFR 2016 this January.

An excellent Science Communication session was also held, and in keeping with the theme, Michelle Lavery (student at UNB Fredericton) created a storify page around the tweets from that session: https://storify.com/jmlavery/ccffr-scicomm-session. You can follow Michelle on twitter at @JMichelleLavery.

Next year the conference will be a big one, led by limnologists : we are heading back to Montreal. Look forward to seeing you there!

(Note: a version of this blog post will appear in our upcoming issue of our newsletter, The Current. Watch for it soon!)