Scholarships: Jim Grace's SEM workshop, at the CSEE 2018 Meeting 

The CIEE is offering scholarships to participate in Jim Grace's SEM workshop, at the CSEE 2018 Meeting in Guelph, ON.

Graduate students: have your SEM workshop registration fee reimbursed by the Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE)! Draw a path diagram illustrating, in general terms only, any important concept or question in either ecology or evolution. A path diagram shows hypothesized causal relationships between variables: arrows connect the explanatory variable to the response variable, and positive and negative signs indicate the nature of the relationship. Email your path diagram to: by June 1st. Successful applicants will be notified a week after the closing date. In the event of closely-ranked applications, graduate students registered at a CIEE Member Institution ( will have priority.


Scholarships:  Stable Isotope Ecology Course.

The CIEE is offering scholarships to participate in the Short Course on Stable Isotope Ecology at the Univeristy of Regina.

Course title:  STABLE ISOTOPE ECOLOGY: Concepts, Methods and Applications
Instructor: Dr. Björn Wissel1, University of Regina
Course date: Monday, July 30th to Friday, 3rd August, 2018
Application deadline: Monday, April 16th 2018
Course place: Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS2), Regina, Canada

Course fee: $0.00

Course format: Lectures, assigned readings, discussions, laboratory demonstrations and exercises, and short practice of techniques for sample collection and preparation. Classes will be Monday to Friday, 9 - 12 am, and 1:30 - 4:30 pm.

Target group: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. This course is ideal for ecologists and environmental scientists who are new to stable isotopic analysis, as well as more experienced researchers interested in innovative techniques and new applications. Space is limited to 16 participants.

Course emphasis: This course will highlight current and novel uses of stable isotope analysis for different ecological disciplines. The instructor will explain the background to methodologies, outline the underlying principles and assumptions, and point out potential limitations and pitfalls. Specific topics will include: Concepts, notations and history of stable isotope ecology; Principles and laboratory demonstrations of isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS); Techniques for sample collection and preparation; Isotope circulation in the biosphere (C, N, S, H, and O); Stable isotope fractionation; Stable isotope food-web models.

The Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (CIEE) also provides all course materials and analytical supplies. Participants are responsible for accommodation and travel to Regina. CIEE has organized room and board on campus for all successful participants at a reduced rate of C$59.00 per day (room and 3 meals).

Application: Please include a short CV, indicate why the course if of interest to you, and how your own research could benefit from taking this course. Include brief details of your background on stable isotope ecology. All applications will be received via email to:

1 Dr. Wissel is Associate Director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina, and has over 16 years of research and teaching experience using stable isotopes.
2 IECS is a unique 6,500 sq. ft research centre that provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise. The facility includes all equipment required to conduct stable isotope analyses, including Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers (IRMS), Cavity Ring-Down Spectrometers (CRDS), as well as comprehensive field equipment, superb analytical capabilities, advanced cellular analysis capabilities, a numerical analysis facility and database, scientific synthesis centre, and dedicated research science staff.


LTER Synthesis Webinar series

The CIEE is part of a worldwide network of Synthesis Centers called The International Synthesis Consortium and would like to inform you about a webinar series by the LTER Network Communications Office (NCO).

This new webinar series is hosted by the NCO and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). This series highlights the progress of the LTER synthesis working groups ( The webinars will cover the latest ideas emerging from LTER synthesis research, as well as insights on the process. Please join for one seminar or the whole series. All webinars will be the on the second Thursday of each month at 11 am Pacific Standard Time.

For additional information on the webinars, please visit the series web page at:

January 11: The Science of Team Science: Lessons from Synthesis Centers. Stephanie Hampton

February 8: Building Capacity for Increased Interactions between Modelers and Empiricists. Kimberly La Pierre, Meghan Avolio, and Kevin Wilcox

March 8: Stream Elemental Cycling: Global Patterns in Stream Energy and Nutrient Cycling. Adam Wymore

April 12: Scaling-Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity. Forest Isbell and Laura Dee

May 10: Using Long Term Data to Understand Links between Environmental Variability and Metacommunity Stability. Eric Sokol

June 7: Synthesizing Population and Community Synchrony to Understand Drivers of Ecological Stability across LTER Sites (tentative title). Lauren Hallett, Daniel Reumann, and Katharine Suding




The CIEE Directory and Management Board are coordinating a national membership drive. Through its membership, your institution will:

1) facilitate access to CIEE’s scientific programs for your faculty and highly qualified personnel,

2) gain a seat on the management board that sets the mandate and direction of the CIEE, 3) receive priority consideration for CIEE initiatives and funding, and overall

4) play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ecology and evolution in Canada.

We hope that you and your institution wish to join us!

Diane Srivastava and Peter Leavitt
Director and Co-Director, Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution