The 23rd CSEE bulletin is now available! It is full of important news, including information about the upcoming CSEE elections, the upcoming 2018 CSEE meeting in Guelph, and a lot of other exciting news!
The CSEE Early Career Awards (ECA) recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their careers. The evaluation committee was extremely impressed with the overall quality of applicants for the 2018 awards, so the process was both gratifying and difficult. This year’s recipients of the ECA were Stephen de Lisle (Postdoctoral Scholar, Lund University; Ph.D. University of Toronto) and Patrick Thompson (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia; Ph.D. McGill University). Congratulations to Stephen and Patrick!
Stephen de Lisle
Postdoctoral Scholar (Lund University); Ph.D. University of Toronto
Stephen is an evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how ecological processes drive evolutionary change within and between species. In particular, his research focuses on organisms with separate sexes to understand how and why selection and adaptation differ between males and females of the same species, and how the resulting evolution of sex differences influences both ecological communities and the dynamics of deep-time macroevolutionary diversification. In order to connect process and pattern across these disparate timescales, his research uses a wide range of approaches including ecological field experiments and surveys of wild populations, evolutionary quantitative genetics, and phylogenetic comparative methods.
Postdoctoral Fellow (University of British Columbia); Ph.D. McGill University
Patrick Thompson is a community ecologist who seeks to understand the processes that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in changing environments. His research integrates theory and empirical methods in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to study how changing land scape connectivity, food-web interactions, and adaptation combine to shape current and future communities. By developing and testing theory on how these processes interactively affect how communities respond to environmental change, his work advances our understanding of how communities operate and seeks to inform strategies for preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of global change.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has released the latest CCAC Report from The Chair (vol 3. no 3) that highlights of the Board of Directors meeting in December 2017, as well the CCAC’s recent activities and achievements.
Deadline for receipt of all application materials: 26 January 2018
Award Description: The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their career. Awards will be given to two candidates each year. They consist of a 10-year membership to CSEE/SCEE, $500 cash award, up to $1000 allowance for travel and accommodation to attend the CSEE meeting in Guelph, ON, in July 2018, and an invitation to give a keynote lecture at the annual meeting.
Eligibility: Applicants must be active researchers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology who received their doctorate within five years of the application deadline, not including time taken for parental leave (i.e., one year of parental leave extends the eligibility period to six years post-Ph.D.). Candidates need to be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants, or have completed their PhD at a Canadian University, or be currently working at a Canadian University.
Application/Nomination Procedures: Candidates may apply directly or may be nominated. Established researchers are encouraged to nominate outstanding young scientists. Nominations must contain all of the following supporting materials in the stated order: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of research accomplishments (maximum 2 pages), (3) a 2-page statement of research plans for the next 5 years, (4) three recent publications, (5) names and addresses of 3 referees (including the nominating scientist where applicable) who will provide supporting letters. The 3 letters of reference should be sent separately from the candidate’s nomination package. All nomination materials and reference letters must be sent as PDFs to the chair of the CSEE Awards committee, Mark Vellend (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Time lines: The deadline for receipt of all materials including letters of reference is 26 January 2018. The recipients will be notified of the award in early March and they will receive their award at the following annual meeting.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) has released their 2016/2017 Annual Report. Below is a message from the CCAC Chair:
Dear Member Organizations,
I am pleased to share with you the CCAC Annual Report 2016-2017, “Advancing Animal Ethics and Care Through Continuous Improvement and Collaboration”. This is our second annual report since we created the CCAC Strategic Plan 2015-2020. It reports on the activities and developments pertaining to each of our five strategic goals and how we have built on the work from last year. You will also find a number of plans for the future.
The annual report also illustrates the CCAC’s ongoing appreciation for our dedicated community of volunteer experts, whose work enables the CCAC to bring together the knowledge and experience necessary to advance animal ethics and care in Canadian science. Without your involvement, the CCAC would not be able to bring its mandate to life.
On behalf of the CCAC Board of Directors, I sincerely thank you and your organization for continuing to support the CCAC’s work.
Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright
Chair, CCAC Board of Directors
The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their careers. We are delighted to announce that the recipients for the 2017 awards are Dr. Emily Darling, from the University of Toronto and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Dr. Sean Anderson, from the University of Washington. We look forward to hearing their plenary talks at the CSEE meeting in Victoria.
Congratulations to both recipients, and hats off to all candidates for the very high calibre of their submissions.
Dr Emily Darling
Emily is a community ecologist and conservation biologist who is motivated to understand how human activities are altering coastal and marine ecosystems. Her research focuses on three interrelated themes: quantifying interactions between multiple stressors and the prevalence of ecological synergies, coral life histories and trajectories of community change on coral reefs, and managing marine ecosystems for resilience to climate change. Her work integrates multiple approaches, ranging from literature reviews, meta-analyses, and statistical analyses of long-term monitoring data, to quantitative field experiments and socio-economic surveys to understand the complex ecological dynamics of coastal systems.
Sean is a quantitative population biologist who links theory with data through statistical and simulation models to improve predictions about ecological systems and inform management and policy decisions. In particular, he is interested in how we can estimate population status with limited data and in the role of variance, risk, and extreme events in population dynamics. Because these problems are complex, a large part of his research involves method and software development and is often highly collaborative. His work spans across taxa (e.g. birds, moths, grizzly bears, sea cucumbers, salmon), ecosystems (marine, freshwater, terrestrial), methods (empirical, simulation, theoretical), spatial scale (regional, national, global), and time periods (modern, historical, paleontological).
CSEE is proud to have supported engagement with IPBES, the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, assisting Dr. Peter Kevan as a lead author on the IPBES’ recent report: Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. This report makes critical use of science to which CSEE researchers have contributed, bringing our research contributions into the global policy arena. The full report and the Summary for Policy Makers can be found here.
February 11 was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution marked the day with a series of tweets highlighting the breadth and excellence of research in ecology, evolution and conservation undertaken by Canadian women in academia.
Friday, February 3, 2017
CSEE response to US executive order on immigration
The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) expresses its deep concern over the recent Presidential Executive Order that prevents citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from travelling through or to the United States.
Scientific progress depends on the open exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge through international research collaboration, field work, conferences, and workshops. The ban imperils these activities for many researchers, including those working in or working with colleagues in Canada, whether they are students, professors, or practicing scientists in industry, government, and non-governmental sectors.
CSEE embraces principles of diversity and tolerance that are vital to the success of Canadian science and society, but intolerance can create real threats. Recent events reconfirm the truth of Nobel Laureate Lester B. Pearson’s words, “Misunderstanding… arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.”
We support calls from organizations, like the Royal Society of Canada and Ecological Society of America, that this travel ban should be ended. CSEE suggests that our members work with their home institutions and in their communities to accommodate those who have been, or will be, displaced by this order.
Jeremy Kerr, President
Isabelle Côté, Vice President
Miriam Richards, Secretary
Yolanda Morbey, Treasurer
Melanie Jean, Graduate Councillor
Alison Derry, Councillor
Julie Lee-Yaw, PDF Councillor
Chris Eckert, Councillor
Jill Johnstone, Councillor
Andrew Simons, Councillor
Mark Vellend, Councillor
Jeannette Whitton, Councillor
Jeffrey Hutchings, Past President
Judy Myers, Past President
Spencer Barrett, Past President
Doug Morris, Past President
About CSEE: The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) is a non-partisan group of practicing ecologists and evolutionary biologists at all career stages throughout Canada.
CSEE Biodiversity and Conservation Committee
Environment and Climate Change Canada posted a suite of draft policies related to the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The public consultation period on these policies is open until March 31st 2017. A working group comprising CSEE members Jeannette Whitton, Jeremy Kerr, Scott Findlay, Sarah Otto, Jeff Hutchings, and Arne Mooers authored and submitted a policy critique which is available as a pdf here.
While noting that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has recognized some of the problems and has taken initiatives to address them through the proposed policy suite, their analysis identified a number of limitations in the proposed policy suite that they judge will continue to reduce the efficacy of SARA.
To follow up, contact Jeannette Whitton, chair of the CSEE Biodiversity and Conservation Committee.