Great meeting in Ottawa!

Another year, another fantastic meeting with CCFFR in Ottawa!

The meeting kicked off early for some with a workshop on the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, discussing progress in the first year as an independent entity, as well as upcoming field courses and proposed experiments.

"The Smoker", which is the annual mixer that officially kicks off the meeting, was fantastic. Lots of great conversation as friends and colleagues come together and meet again.

This year had a strong set of presentations, and started off in fine form with plenary lectures by Martin Krkhosek (Stevenson Lecturer, U of T), Daniel Schindler (Rigler Awardee, University of Washington), our very own Alison Derry (UQAM), Anne Phelps (DFO) and a delightfully insightful and provocative talk by Jake Rice (DFO senior scientist). The regular sessions then went into full swing, with SCL-led sessions on Multiple Stressors, Dynamics of Aquatic Nutrients and Algal Blooms, and the Experimental Lakes Area. In all, 213 contributed talks and 72 posters were presented over three days.

Last, the organizing committee held a "student success workshop" with panel discussions on a range of topics, from getting published, science communication and outreach, scoring that job or next grad position, and working at the interface of science and policy. Judging by the reviews on twitter, this was one of the most talked about sessions at the conference, and was very well received.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to the Local Organizing Committee this year (John Lark, Steve Cooke), and the army of volunteers who made it all happen, as well as the generous sponsors and donors (listed in the program), bot those who exhibited and those who supported the conference in so many other ways.

Looking forward to next year in St. John's! Until then...

Accusations of bias no Smol matter

[The following post will appear as an Opinion Editorial in our upcoming issue of our newsletter, "The Current". Please visit back for the release of the latest issue next week. While you're there, check out some of our past issues as well.]

john_articleThis summer, member John Smol was the focus of some surprising and unusual attention. Freedom of Information requests by journalist Tom Korski had unearthed internal government documents (dated Feb 8, 2013) authored by the then Deputy Minister to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada accusing Dr. Smol of “a lack of neutrality” in his communications around a paper he co-authored with a post doc in his lab (Joshua Kurek) and government scientists at Environment Canada, and bemoaned the level of media attention the paper received.

Dr. John Smol is among the most highly decorated and recognized scientists in the country. A past Rigler Award winner for his achievements in Limnology (1995), Dr. Smol is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada, to abridge a long list of accolades and recognition for his outstanding work as a scientist.

The documents disclosing the accusations, while made internally, are telling of how both the government and industry have aligned their messaging on the issue (click here for the briefing and industry response). Continue Reading

CCFFR/SCL meeting in Ottawa Jan 8-11 2015!

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We are pleased to announce the upcoming annual society meeting in conjunction with the Canadian Conference of Fisheries Research, January 8-11 2015. Abstract submission is now open, and the deadline for submissions is Nov. 3, 2015. Be sure to check back on our website for all the latest details, including registration and the Clemens-Rigler Travel Award, as they become available. We also hope to announce our 2015 Rigler Award recipient prior to the abstract submission deadline this year, so stay tuned. Continue Reading

Hello, World!

old site expWelcome to our long over-due, shiny-new website! We hope you'll enjoy it. We are hopeful that this new presence on the web continues to better facilitate the reach of our society and member engagement.

Some features that we're pretty excited about are:

  • Society blog. We hope to use this to post not just society information, but use it as a venue for guest blogs by our memberships. Want to show of your blogging chops? We look forward to your submission.
  • An updated and integrated membership renewal form, which dovetails with our website. Updating your membership on our website will also make you a member on the site, and will allow us to better facilitate communications, and keep reminders about when your membership is due.
  • Joining on our website will also provide you with the option to generate and personalize your own member profile.
  • A searchable Jobs board where we place all jobs, placements and graduate opportunities sent to us by the membership.

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