February 11 was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution marked the day with a series of tweets highlighting the breadth and excellence of research in ecology, evolution and conservation undertaken by Canadian women in academia.
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.
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 (email@example.com) by Feb. 15, 2017.
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.
Deadline for receipt of all application materials: 13 January 2017
Award Description: The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their career. Awards will be given to two candidates each year. They consist of a 10-year membership to CSEE/SCEE, $500 cash award, up to $1000 allowance for travel and accommodation to attend the CSEE meeting in Victoria, B.C., and an invitation to give a keynote lecture at the annual meeting.
Eligibility: Applicants must be active researchers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology who received their doctorate within five years of the application deadline, not including time taken for parental leave (i.e., one year of parental leave extends the eligibility period to six years post-Ph.D.). Candidates need to be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants, or have completed their PhD at a Canadian University, or be currently working at a Canadian University.
Application/Nomination Procedures: Candidates may apply directly or may be nominated. Established researchers are encouraged to nominate outstanding young scientists. Nominations must contain all of the following supporting materials in the stated order: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of research accomplishments (maximum 2 pages), (3) a 2-page statement of research plans for the next 5 years, (4) three recent publications, (5) names and addresses of 3 referees (including the nominating scientist where applicable) who will provide supporting letters. The 3 letters of reference should be sent separately from the candidate’s nomination package. All nomination materials and reference letters must be sent as PDFs to the chair of the CSEE Awards committee, Mark Vellend (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Time lines: The deadline for receipt of all materials including letters of reference is 13 January 2017. The recipients will be notified of the award in February and they will receive their award at the following annual meeting.
Download this information as a PDF document: csee-early-career-award-en-2017