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!
Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award
The CSEE invites PhD candidates whom are at an advanced stage of their dissertation to apply for our Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Award winners will receive $500 and will have an opportunity to present their doctorial research in our special Graduate Student Award Symposium at the annual CSEE meeting.
Scope and Criteria
This award aims to showcase excellent student research from within the society. Successful applicants will have conducted high-quality research that addresses fundamental questions or is of an applied nature in the fields of ecology and evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims to promote diversity in science (we encourage applicants to refer to the CSEE diversity statement published in the last bulletin), and to balance field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be registered in a PhD program and a member of CSEE at the time of application. Applicants should be within their last year of study (about to submit or defend their thesis) but should not have completed their degree requirements by the time of application (recent degree holders should consider applying for the Early Career Award instead). Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Guelph in July and to present their work as part of the CSEE Graduate Student Awards Symposium (exemptions for parental reasons will be considered on an individual basis). Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award but still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to re-apply.
Applications should include the following sections in the following order:
1) Thesis Summary (500 words maximum): An overview of the different chapters of your thesis and how each contributes to the fields of ecology or evolution (subheadings for different thesis chapters are permitted)
2) Other Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): In this section describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.
3) Select Awards and Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight awards that you have received, talks or posters that you have given and papers published
4) Letter of support from your PhD advisor or a committee member. Letters should speak to the criteria listed above and should clearly state that the applicant is close to completion of their thesis.
Materials 1 through 3 should be submitted as a single word or pdf document with the filename “<lastname>_CSEE_PhDaward” to email@example.com. The letter of support should be submitted directly from the referee to the same email address. The application deadline is April 20, 2018.
Other Important Information
Successful applicants will be scheduled to give a 30 minute talk in the Graduate Student Award Symposium and will not be able to give a separate talk or poster during the conference. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to give a regular talk or poster during the conference but are not automatically assigned a talk or poster slot. For this reason, all applicants should also apply to present at the meeting following the standard conference registration procedure and following the separate deadlines announced for the meeting (this includes indicating interest in being considered for the regular student talk/poster awards). The top five runners up will be acknowledged during the conference.
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.
22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseilles, France
Dates: 25-28 September 2018
Location: CANOPE – Centre Régional de Documentation Pédagogique (CRDP)31, Boulevard d’Athenes 13001, Marseille, FRANCE
* Evolutionary biology concepts / mathematical modeling;
* Biodiversity and Systematics;
* Comparative genomics and post-genomics (at all taxonomic levels);
* Functional phylogeny;
* Environment and biological evolution;
* Origin of life and exobiology;
* Non-adaptive versus adaptive evolution;
* The “minor” phyla: their usefulness in evolutionary biology knowledge;
* Convergent evolution
* Evolution of complex traits (Evo-Devo)
Early Registration (October 2017 – January 2018)
Academics and others…..260 euros
Registration (February – June 2018)
Academics and others…..380 euros
Late Registration (July – September 2018)
Academics and others…..480 euros
Registration fees include coffee breaks, lunches (25th-28th September), 25th and 27th dinners, 26th cocktail and social events during the week-end. Please see Social Events for more information about the week-end.
Student presentation awards
Sean Goodwin, Simon Fraser University – Reduced growth in wild juvenile sockeye salmon infected with sea lice
Shannon Meadley Dunphy, University of Toronto – Population genetics and invasion history of the invasive European fire ant, Myrmica rubra, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kathryn Anderson, University of British Columbia – Calcified herbivore loss may disproportionately drive responses to ocean acidification in natural communities
FACETS Interdisciplinary Research Award
Beverly McClenaghan, Trent University – DNA metabarcoding reveals the broad and flexible diet of a declining aerial insectivore
McGill Hendry Lab NSERC CREATE Poster Award
Katrina Kaur, University of Toronto -Do ant-plant mutualisms drive diversification in ants?
Best poster awards
Tiago Simões, University of Alberta – Reptile phylogeny and the origin and early radiation of lepidosaurs
Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Université du Québec à Montréal -Leaf bacterial diversity mediates plant diversity-ecosystem function relationships
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
CSEE 2018 will be in Guelph from July 18-21. The theme for the 2018 meeting is: Fundamentals in Ecology and Evolution: Now and Into the Future.
Find more information about the meeting here!