Why a CIEE/ICEE?

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In this century of global environmental change, Canada faces significant challenges in managing our natural infrastructure. We must accelerate development of knowledge on how our forests, fields, lakes and oceans work if we are to maintain the goods and services they supply.

Canada is extraordinarily successful at creating knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology. Worldwide, it ranks second in publication and citation rates relative to funding. The fruits of this labor contribute significantly to our environmental and economic well being through research on biological pest control, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, bioremediation of pollutants, improved vaccination strategies and genetic engineering, to name but a few. Yet, much more can be gained from this successful research effort.

Individual research groups in ecology and evolution engage in programs of discovery that are motivated by broad conceptual questions. By necessity, however, each group focuses on one or a few biological systems—a species, an ecosystem, a gene, a lineage—whose particularities may obscure underlying generalities. CIEE/ICEE programs bring together top scientists working on diverse systems to pool data and do the higher level analyses that can resolve uncertainties, reveal novel insights, and identify promising new areas of inquiry.

The next generation of scientists will be called upon to addresses critical environmental issues. The CIEE/ICEE works to develop this pool of talent through specialized training programs that bring together students from across the country to learn from world-leading experts.

In short, the CIEE/ICEE accelerates scientific progress through programs that synthesize current knowledge and develop our future leaders.