The 21st issue of the CSEE Newsletter is now available! It is full of important news, including information on CSEE council elections, the upcoming 2017 CSEE meetings in Victoria, information for students and postdocs, etc.
Friday, February 3, 2017
CSEE response to US executive order on immigration
The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) expresses its deep concern over the recent Presidential Executive Order that prevents citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from travelling through or to the United States.
Scientific progress depends on the open exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge through international research collaboration, field work, conferences, and workshops. The ban imperils these activities for many researchers, including those working in or working with colleagues in Canada, whether they are students, professors, or practicing scientists in industry, government, and non-governmental sectors.
CSEE embraces principles of diversity and tolerance that are vital to the success of Canadian science and society, but intolerance can create real threats. Recent events reconfirm the truth of Nobel Laureate Lester B. Pearson’s words, “Misunderstanding… arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.”
We support calls from organizations, like the Royal Society of Canada and Ecological Society of America, that this travel ban should be ended. CSEE suggests that our members work with their home institutions and in their communities to accommodate those who have been, or will be, displaced by this order.
Jeremy Kerr, President
Isabelle Côté, Vice President
Miriam Richards, Secretary
Yolanda Morbey, Treasurer
Melanie Jean, Graduate Councillor
Alison Derry, Councillor
Julie Lee-Yaw, PDF Councillor
Chris Eckert, Councillor
Jill Johnstone, Councillor
Andrew Simons, Councillor
Mark Vellend, Councillor
Jeannette Whitton, Councillor
Jeffrey Hutchings, Past President
Judy Myers, Past President
Spencer Barrett, Past President
Doug Morris, Past President
About CSEE: The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) is a non-partisan group of practicing ecologists and evolutionary biologists at all career stages throughout Canada.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is launching its next call for proposals under its Discovery Frontiers program. This round of funding will focus on Biodiversity and Adaptation of Biosystems. Funding available is $1 million per year for four years. Letters of Intent are due on April 17, 2017.
To learn more about this call, visit the NSERC program website.
Nominations are being called for the ECI and IRPE Prizes 2017 in Terrestrial Ecology. The Prizes carry endowments of €6000 and €3000 (euro), respectively.
The closing date for nominations is March 31, 2017.
Nominees for the Prizes must be top performers in the field of Terrestrial Ecology.
The prizes were established in 1986 by Prof. Dr. Dr. Otto Kinne and are awarded in the fields of Marine, Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecology in annual rotation.
The International Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize is awarded to an ecologist distinguished by outstanding and sustained scientific achievements. The prize both honours the recipient and requires her or him to serve science and society by authoring a book taking into account the aims of the International Ecology Institute. The International Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) Prize honours a young ecologist (not older than 40 years) who has published uniquely independent, original and/or challenging research representing an important scientific breakthrough, and/or who must work under particularly difficult conditions.
Further details and lists of the previous prize winners can be found on the following webpages:
Call for Nominations: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/call-for-nominations/
International Ecology Institute (ECI): http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-home/
CSEE Biodiversity and Conservation Committee
Environment and Climate Change Canada posted a suite of draft policies related to the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The public consultation period on these policies is open until March 31st 2017. A working group comprising CSEE members Jeannette Whitton, Jeremy Kerr, Scott Findlay, Sarah Otto, Jeff Hutchings, and Arne Mooers authored and submitted a policy critique which is available as a pdf here.
While noting that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has recognized some of the problems and has taken initiatives to address them through the proposed policy suite, their analysis identified a number of limitations in the proposed policy suite that they judge will continue to reduce the efficacy of SARA.
To follow up, contact Jeannette Whitton, chair of the CSEE Biodiversity and Conservation Committee.
Please send proposals to the ASN Regional Society Liaison Committee Chair Rebecca Kimball (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb. 15, 2017.
The CSEE invites PhD candidates who 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 present their doctoral research in our special Graduate Student Award Symposium.
Scope and Criteria
This award aims to showcase excellent student research from across Canada. 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 promote diversity in terms of gender, field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply. However, priority will be given to students who are near thesis completion and who are able to present their work in a way that is of interest to a wide audience.
Applicants must be registered as a student at a Canadian institution at the time of application and be a member of CSEE. Applicants should be within one year of submitting or defending their thesis by the May meeting. Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Victoria in May and to present their work at our Graduate Student Awards Symposium. Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award but still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to reapply.
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. Letters of support should be submitted separately to the same email address. The application deadline is February 20, 2017.
Other Important Information
Successful applicants are expected to present their work in a 30 minute talk at 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/ 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 ups will also be acknowledged during the conference.
CSEE congratulates Minister Kirsty Duncan on the announcing the search for Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA). The CSA will advise the Prime Minister, the Minister of Science, and Cabinet about emerging science and technology issues, and act to defend science integrity. President Jeremy Kerr and colleagues in CSEE will continue to work closely with the Minister to support efforts to strengthen science in Canada and bring discoveries closer to Canadians.