Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Awards 2018

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.

Eligibility

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.

Materials

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 cseestudent@gmail.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.

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22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseilles, France

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

Themes:

*   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)

*   Education

Early Registration (October 2017 – January 2018)
Academics and others…..260 euros
Students………………….210 euros

Registration (February – June 2018)
Academics and others…..380 euros
Students………………….280 euros

Late Registration (July – September 2018)
Academics and others…..480 euros
Students………………….380 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.

For more information, contact Don Stewart (don.stewart@acadiau.ca), Marie-Helene Rome (marie-helene-rome@univ-amu.fr) or visit the conference website at http://aeeb.fr/18th-ebm-2/

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2017 Student Awards from Victoria

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

Samuel Starko, University of British Columbia – Allometric scaling in kelps:
Size-dependent patterns, covariation, and the importance of habitat
Joseph Burant, University of Guelph – Exploratory behaviour in red knots: A tale of ontogeny
CSEE PhD Excellence and Diversity Award
Tess Grainger, University of Toronto – Multi-scale responses to warming in an experimental metacommunity

Tiago Simões, University of Alberta – Reptile phylogeny and the origin and early radiation of lepidosaurs

 Norah Brown, University of British Columbia – Altered competition under ocean acidification influences species but not community-level response to food supply

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Université du Québec à Montréal -Leaf bacterial diversity mediates plant diversity-ecosystem function relationships

 Evelyn Jensen, University of British Columbia Okanagan- Looking through the bottleneck: Genomic analysis of historical and contemporary population genetic variation in the Pinzon
Island Galapagos tortoise
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Science and Policy for People and Nature call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel

EM/2017/29
20 October 2017
To the attention of IPBES Members; copied to observers

Dear IPBES Members,

I would like to invite nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel by 4 December 2017.

The mandate of all members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel will come to an end at the close of the 6th session of the Plenary, on 24 March 2018.

The Plenary will therefore be invited to elect 25 members, who, in accordance with rule 26 of the Rules of procedure for sessions of the Plenary of IPBES, are to be proposed by members of IPBES for nomination by regions and election by the Plenary.

Nominations should be made by filling out the online form and upload curricula vitae at this address: https://www.ipbes.net/mepnominationform . The attached guidance document provides all necessary information on the nomination and selection process, including information on who is eligible for re-election among the departing members.

I would like to draw your attention to:

  1. the importance of a strong scientific expertise of the nominees in biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  2. the necessity to pay attention to a good balance between social and natural sciences on the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, as well as to gender balance;
  3. the necessity for members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel to commit at least 20% of their time, and quite a bit more at times, which translates to roughly 10 weeks a year, with significant international travel;
  4. the importance for candidates from developed countries to ensure that resources are available to support their participation in two MEP meetings per year, and several other IPBES meetings.

All nominations received will be made available on-line: http://www.ipbes.net/nominations/mep-2017
I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie
Executive Secretary

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The Canadian Council on Animal Care Annual Report 2016-2017 is Now Available

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eileen Denovan-Wright
Chair, CCAC Board of Directors

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