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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!)

Announcing our 2016 Award winners!

The Frank Rigler Award is SCL's highest honour, recognizing major achievements in limnology. At the 2016 SCL/CCFFR meeting in St John’s, Dr. Bill Taylor from the University of Waterloo will be recognized for his leadership and influential contributions to Canadian limnology.

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Bill Taylor, 2016 Recipient of the Frank Rigler Award, recognizing significant achievement in the field of Limnology

Bill’s focus on microbial ecology, and on nutrient dynamics, a passion of Rigler, makes this award particularly fitting. Bill’s work has informed our understanding of nutrient dynamics, and associated eutrophication concerns on 4 continents. More broadly, his work has included both the fundamental and applied, on topics ranging from microbes to zooplankton, plants, fish, invasive species and watersheds. Bill has published more than 100 papers, and is noted for his extensive contribution to university service, and student training. He has also served as a member of the International Joint Commission, addressing issues of eutrophication, invasive species, and ecosystem health.
Some of Bill’s most influential work demonstrated that our most commonly used spectrophotometric methods for measuring phosphate concentrations yield vast overestimates of phosphate concentration, and that planktonic phosphorus regeneration is a key to planktonic supplies. We look forward to Bill’s plenary lecture in St John’s.

Matt Bogard, recipient of the Rob Peters Award recognizing the best student paper in Limnology published in the past year.

Matt Bogard, recipient of the Rob Peters Award recognizing the best student paper in Limnology published in the past year.

We are also pleased to recognize Matt Bogard as this year’s Peters Award winner. A PhD candidate at Université du Québec à Montréal will be awarded the Robert Peters Award for best student paper.   Matt’s 2014 paper “Oxic water column methanogenesis as a major component of aquatic CH4 fluxes”, published in Nature Communications (5: 5350 DOI 10.1038/ncomms6350) demonstrates that oxic lake waters can produce methane at high rates, and indeed, oxic production can be a large proportion of lake emissions.  This runs contrary to the classical understanding of methanogenesis as an anaerobic process.  Matt’s work shows that methane production is related to algal productivity, and as such, methane emissions are increased as a result of eutrophication.  His paper integrated large scale mesocosm experiments, whole lake budgets, stable isotopes, and a metaanalysis. Matt will also present his work based on this paper at the meeting in St. John's.

Congratulations to both our award winners!