Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island, Canada. Closing date: March 2, 2018

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) is pleased to announce a new Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) opportunity. Preference will be given to supervisors who nominate outstanding candidates with demonstrated research accomplishments and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate is expected to conduct original research consistent with the mandate of the BMSC to support high calibre research and provide unparalleled access to the natural and cultural sites where the major scientific questions and challenges of the 21st century persist in the marine sciences, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, comparative physiology, archaeology/anthropology, indigenous studies and the development of research-informed teaching. The PDF will be expected to work full-time at the BMSC, foster interactions within the BMSC, organize a working group retreat and facilitate directed studies in undergraduate student research. BMSC is a shared campus of five Western Canadian Universities (Universities of Victoria, Calgary, Alberta, British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University), but nominations of candidates will be accepted from any supervisors with research programs being conducted at the BMSC.
Application deadline: March 2, 2018

Start date: as early as April 1, 2018.

Salary: $48,000 annually

Research stipend: $5,000 annually to cover station related expenses (e.g., boat time)
The nomination package should include: the Curriculum Vitae of the nominee; free-form proposal describing the research (2 pages), a one-page letter from the supervisor describing the professional development program to be offered to the nominee and the potential contributions of the nominee to training and learning; two letters of recommendation for the nominee.

Application packages should be emailed as a single PDF to the BMSC Research Coordinator <>

Once the nomination package is reviewed and the proposed PDF is approved, an 18-month term position will be offered. Funding permitting, renewal of the fellowship may be approved following an evaluation of progress after the first term.

The BMSC is a world-class teaching and research facility located in traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.  Our campus is situated on 65 hectares in Barkley Sound with access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin. Located in the heart of Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park, the town of Bamfield has a small but exceptionally vibrant community that shares a history of trust and collaboration with the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. The town is also the northern terminus of an iconic Canadian Trail, the West Coast Trail. The stunning surroundings of the rain forest, deserted beaches, uninhabited islands, rugged coastline, and world class diving inspire creativity and discovery.

See for more details.


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


*   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 (, Marie-Helene Rome ( or visit the conference website at


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

Science and Policy for People and Nature call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel

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: . 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:
I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie
Executive Secretary


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.


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