Announcing the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) HQP Support Grant

In partnership with NSERC and Trent University, the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) has established a pilot (2017-2018) competitive grant program to support research activities of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)1 at the IISD-ELA research station in northwestern Ontario (  The Support Grant will help to defray all, or a portion of, IISD-ELA research station Facility Fees for HQP. IISD-ELA Facility Fees cover the cost of housing, meals, laboratory space, and field equipment (boats, motors, ATVs, snowmobiles, etc) for researchers while working at the IISD-ELA field station in northwestern Ontario. Current fees range between $99.50 and $142/d depending on the length of the stay (

HQP Supports Grant are intended to increase numbers of HQP conducting research at the IISD-ELA research station and increase the accessibly of IISD-ELA to HQP that could not otherwise obtain support for the IISD-ELA Facility Fees.  HQP Support Grants are NOT designed to defray IISD-ELA Facility Fees already budgeted within existing grants, but they can be used to increase the number of HQP or the duration of on-site research above those budgeted for in existing grants.

Grant applications must originate from and will be awarded to Principal Investigators.  Facility Fee support will be provided in the form of credits at the IISD-ELA facility and are not transferable among Principal Investigators.  Facility Fee credits may not be carried over from one research year to the next. The IISD-ELA anticipates awarding a total of up to $30,000/year of credits for the 2-year pilot program.

Initial applications for the 2017 field season are due on June 21, 2017.  Later applications may be accepted if the full grant budget is not allocated following this first intake.  Applications for the 2018 field season are due on March 31, 2018. Applicants are asked to provide the following materials:

  1. A one page summary of the proposed research;
  2. A curriculum vitae for the Principal Investigator (a current NSERC Form-100 or CCV is acceptable), including contact information;
  3. A brief budget justification including requests for Facility Fee support (number of days, HQP and anticipated timing). Based on demand and available funds, the selection committee may offer to provide funding to meet some or all of an applicant’s request. Please indicate the minimum number of days of Facility Fee support that could be utilized.
  4. A description of external support for research being conducted at IISD-ELA, including funds provided for Facility Fees. Where Facility Fees have been budgeted within an existing grant, please provide a clear justification of the need for additional personnel or duration of research.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the research proposal
  2. Availability of alternative research funds for work at the IISD-ELA
  3. Researchers and HQP new to IISD-ELA
  4. Research conducted outside of the May-August peak period

1 NSERC defines HQP as graduate, post-graduate and advance undergraduate training (e.g. Honours theses).

Please send applications and direct inquiries to Michael Paterson (

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),

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 (Subject: Peters Award) by this years' deadline of Sept 26.  

Details on the award, past winners, and the nomination process are here:


Abstract submission and early registration open for #CCFFR2017!


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:

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!


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 ( 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!

Do we have some long-weekend reading for you!

Issue 9 coverThat's right, another issue of our newsletter is hot off the press.

Here's a bit about what you can learn in the upcoming newsletter:

  • Jerome Marty, our President provides an update on some of our recent initiatives;
  • A touching tribute to the late Ken Shortreed courtesy member Dan Selbie;
  • Learn about the Lake known as the Prairie Jewel;
  • Things you otter know about lake monsters;
  • Updates on the society, past and upcoming conferences;
  • Cool things our members are getting recognized for;
  • Limnoseminar: need we say more?
  • Learn about some student members in the Student Spotlight;
  • Want to know what Limnology field courses are available? We've got you covered;
  • And of course, recent citings, letting you know what your fellow members are publishing.

Thanks to all our contributors to this issue, and we hope you enjoy it!

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