World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Society of Canadian Limnologists / Société canadienne de Limnologie has signed on to a world climate statement along with 110 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm. The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of human-made climate change to fish and aquatic ecosystems. Unless urgent action is taken to reduce emissions, scientists predict catastrophic impacts to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries and human health and global economies. Please read the full statement here: World Climate Statement

SCL and CCFFR Joint-Statement on Black Lives Matter and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Please find below the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) and Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) joint-statement in response to racial injustice and systemic racism. If you would like to see tangible actions on EDI take place in our societies, please contact the EDI Joint-Committee Co-Chair Cecilia Barouillet <> for information on how to get involved.

CCFFR and SCL believe Black lives matter. The current BLM movement resonates here in Canada as racism, harassment and discrimination remain pervasive, and continue to harm the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Scientific societies are no exception. Fisheries and the aquatic sciences, like other scientific disciplines, are and have been dominated by white faces and voices. As scientists we can and must do more to fight structural and societal injustices. CCFFR and SCL stand with other societies in condemning systemic and individual acts of racism within Canada and globally. We wish to take this opportunity to pledge our commitment to being Allies to our BIPOC members: colleagues, early-career researchers, and students. We will actively share in the fight against racism and intolerance by listening, learning, using privilege to create inclusive spaces, and calling out microaggressions and barriers to fair and equitable treatment. It is time we acknowledge inequities, uncover and reveal the damaging biases, and embrace the changes we need to make. That we have not done so in the past is a grave injustice we seek to right.

To our BIPOC colleagues: this statement is part of a broader commitment to making the societies ones that are supportive and responsive to the needs of our marginalised members whose ability to participate fully in our discipline, scholarship and teaching is limited by systemic and structural forces. CCFFR and SCL have a joint dedicated equity, diversity and inclusion committee. Our goal is for our BIPOC members to feel heard, accepted, and safe; and to acknowledge, confront and correct any inequities we discover within CCFFR and SCL. We commit to identifying and implementing actions that will help to achieve this goal. This will not be the last message from us – correcting the inequalities in CCFFR-SCL will take time to do properly, and we will be dedicating ourselves to these efforts as an ongoing, long-term commitment.


Pour CCFFR et SCL, Black lives matter (les vies Noires comptent). Le mouvement BLM résonne ici au Canada comme étant une preuve que le racisme, le harcèlement et les discriminations sont toujours omniprésents et continuent de nuire aux vies des Noires, Peuples Autochthones et Personnes de Couleurs (BIPOC). Les sociétés scientifiques ne font pas exceptions. Les sciences halieutiques et aquatiques, parmi d’autres disciplines scientifiques, sont/ ont été dominées par des blancs. En tant que scientifiques, nous pouvons et devons combattre ces injustices structurales et sociales. CCFFR et SCL s’engagent, avec d’autres sociétés, à condamner le racisme systémique et individuel (REMOVE S) au Canada et plus largement à l’échelle mondiale. Nous nous engageons à être les Alliés de nos adhérant(e)s BIPOC : collègues, chercheurs/chercheuses en début de carrières et étudiant(e)s. Nous nous engageons à participer activement dans la lutte contre le racisme et les intolérances en écoutant, en apprenant ; utilisant les privilèges pour créer des espaces inclusifs, ainsi qu’en luttant contre les micro-agressions et les barrières – marqueurs d’un racisme systémique – vers un traitement plus juste et équitable. Il est temps pour nous de reconnaître les inégalités, de découvrir et révéler les préjugés/biais néfastes et d’accepter et de s’ouvrir aux changements que nous devons mettre en place. Notre manquement dans le passé est une grande injustice que nous aspirons à corriger.

A tous nos collègues BIPOC : cette déclaration fait partie d’un engagement plus large qui vise à transformer nos sociétés afin qu’elles soient plus solidaires et qu’elles répondent aux besoins de nos adhérent(e)s marginalisé(e)s, pour qui la capacité de participer pleinement à nos disciplines scientifiques, bourses et enseignements est limitée par les barrières systémiques et structurales. C’est dans ce but que le comité d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion de CCFFR et SCL a été créé. Notre but étant notamment que nos adhérent(e)s BIPOC se sentent écouté(e)s, accepté(e)s et en sécurité, ainsi que de reconnaitre, affronter et corriger les inégalités présentent dans nos deux sociétés. Nous nous engageons à identifier et mettre en œuvres les actions et changements nécessaires afin de concrétiser ces objectifs.

Ceci ne sera pas notre dernier message. Lutter contre les inégalités présentes dans nos sociétés CCFFR et SCL de façon efficace et adéquate prendra du temps, mais nous nous engageons à assurer la pérennité et continuité de cet engagement.

Issue 15 of The Current is running!

At long last, our latest issue of The Current is available! You can access it here or by clicking on the graphic in this post. This issue of The Current is special for a couple of reasons. First, for regular readers of The Current, you will notice a significant facelift in terms of layout. This is due entirely to our Francophone student representative Cecilia Barouillet taking the reigns on this issue and doing all of the design and heavy lifting to get it out. Cecilia deserves all the credit for making this issue happen, as it would have never come together without her, and I'm sure you'll agree she's gone above and beyond to give the newsletter a fresh feel. THANK YOU Cecilia!!!

The second reason this issue is special is because it's attracted a ton of member contributions, which is awesome! This is what this newsletter is for- a chance for YOU to let your society know what is happening in Limnology in Canada! I look forward to just as much in the next issue!

Enjoy your most recent snapshot of what's happening in Limnology in Canada.

SCL responds to proposed Partnership Program funding at NSERC

While many of the proposals in NSERC's new Partnership Program funding stream may be beneficial over the current mix of funding that fits under this purview, there are some changes which deeply concern Canadian scientists and especially those of us in the Aquatic Science community. You can find our submission to NSERC here. If you are a Canadian researcher, we encourage you to write to NSERC directly and make your opinion regarding the proposed changes known.

We are pleased to see that NSERC has already recognized this feedback on it's website, and look forward to their ongoing consultation on this matter.

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: