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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!

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:
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.

2016 Water resources and wetlands meeting

The Romanian Limnogeographical Association (RLA) in collaboration with the German Limnological Society (GLS), Polish Limnological Society (PLS), Danube Delta National Institute Tulcea (DDNI) and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (DDBRA) would like to invite you to take part in the 3rd International Conference “Water resources and wetlands” set to take place between 8-10 September, 2016 in the “Delta” Hotel in Tulcea, Romania.

Deadline for Registration and Abstract Submission - 30 January 2016.

Conference website:

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.


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!