NSERC Discovery Frontiers call for proposals in Biodiversity

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.

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International Ecology Institute (Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany) ECI and IRPE Prizes, 2017

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/

ECI Prize: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-prize/

IRPE Prize: http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/irpe-prize/

International Ecology Institute (ECI): http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-home/

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CSEE members lead engagement with Species At Risk Act regulation updates

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.

 

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ASN Awards for Support of Regional Meetings in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

The American Society of Naturalists solicits proposals from organizers of regional meetings in the fields of ecology, evolution and behaviour. The purpose of these small awards is to promote increased participation in regional meetings that fall along the research interests supported by the ASN and to use this support as a way of recruiting new membership to ASN. The awards typically provide subsidized registration for ASN members at these regional meetings. Please note that these awards are not intended to support workshops. Previous awardees have included meetings such as SEEPEG, SEEC, EVO-WIBO, and OE3C. Organizers of regional meetings should submit a brief proposal describing the research focus of the meeting for which funds are requested as well as details of the meeting such as anticipated number of participants, meeting venue and dates.
Instructions: Proposals should include two components. One should clearly describe the (1) overlap of the regional meeting with ASN research interests, (2) extent that the support would reach out to new audiences to grow ASN’s membership, and (3) potential size of the impact on ASN membership. The second component should include a brief budget justifying the amount requested and detailing how the funds will be used. To standardize the applications, there is a strict one-page limit (US Letter size paper, 1” margins, standard [e.g., Times] 12-point font, and no more than six lines per inch) for each component (i.e., 1 page for proposal, 1 page for budget description and use of funds). We anticipate funding 4-6 awards, typically valued at $2000-$3000.

Please send proposals to the ASN Regional Society Liaison Committee Chair Rebecca Kimball (rkimball@ufl.edu) by Feb. 15, 2017.

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Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Application deadline: February 20, 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.

Eligibility

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.

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. 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.

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Search for Canada’s Chief Science Advisor announced

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.

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Science review panel must tackle barriers to funding, encourage diversity

Policy commentary in “The Hill Times”, the newspaper for Parliamentarians
There is more work to do to reverse a decade of erosion of scholarship and grant support for Canadian researchers and progress toward achieving diversity in academic institutions is unacceptably slow. The fundamental scienc review panel has an opportunity to provide strong advice around improving this situation.
Posted by Jeremy Kerr, current CSEE President
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Monarch Butterflies: Symbol or symptom?

Policy advice in “The Hill Times”, the newspaper for Parliamentarians
The decline of monarch butterflies represents more than just a fading symbol of international cooperation, it is a symptom of broader challenges confronting biological diversity. Evidence-based decisions will be critical to recovering this and other species at risk.
Posted by CSEE president Jeremy Kerr
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Early Career Awards 2017 – call for applications

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 (mark.vellend@usherbrooke.ca).

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

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