We welcome all submissions for oral presentations and posters for the 2016 CSEE meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 7-11, 2016. Each oral presentation slot will be 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes for questions. Poster dimensions will be specified in the future, but will generally follow the typical conference poster size.

Contributors are invited to submit a title and keywords as part of their conference registration at Abstracts are not required. Please note the early bird registration deadline is May 13, 2016. Contributors will be notified of a decision prior to the early bird registration deadline. Full refunds will be granted to any participants whose contributions are not accepted into the program. Talks not accepted into the program will automatically be considered for poster presentations.

We look forward to a conference filled with a diversity of ecology and evolution focused research!


We are thrilled to be hosting the 11th annual CSEE/SCEE meeting at Memorial University in St. John's Newfoundland!

Rather than a traditional conference theme, this year we have more of a conference sentiment, captured by a line from the Ode to Newfoundland: “From windswept land to spindrift swirl". Our goal is for conference program to address questions in ecology and evolution that transcend systems, and we encourage contributions from a diversity of study species and systems.

We sincerely look forward to introducing the Society to our beloved Rock in the North Atlantic. Newfoundland, and St. John's in particular, is a popular tourist destination, due in equal part to its rich and unique historical, cultural, and natural characteristics. Field trips and social events associated with CSEE 2016 will capture the flavour of the culture, biodiversity, and geological history of Newfoundland. Prepare yourselves to see whales, puffins, and gannets, stroll past colourful row houses, listen to fiddlers, and sample the unique, traditional foods of Newfoundland. You may even see a 575 million year old fossil or two.

With its distinct geography, St. John's is a tourist destination for North American and European tourists. There are regular direct flights from most Canadian hubs, e.g., Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax. Reasonably priced direct transatlantic flights from St. John's to major hubs in the EU, e.g., Dublin and London, makes CSEE 2016 an opportune meeting place for collaborators from both sides of the pond.

Public Lecture

We are excited to announce that Dr. Chris Darimont, will be giving a public lecture on Thursday, July 7. Chris leads the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria where his team's research integrates marine and terrestrial systems, science and community, and in Chris' words “nature, people, and place”.

Dr. Darimont's approach will be public-friendly. Speaking often at large venues, he likes to weave in personal stories, include arresting images, and challenge audiences with provocative content. Be sure to take in this kick-off event where you will be captivated by Dr. Dairmont’s presentation.

Human Super Predators

"When people think of predators, they often think of wolves, or sharks - maybe spiders. Few would identify our own species as a predator? Chris Darimont will argue that not only do humans function as predators but also that their impact is one of a 'super predator' - a predator of predators, a predator with the largest menu list on the planet, and a predator especially impactful in the oceans.

Dr. Darimont will cover the few but seminal pieces of research over the last century that has called for a re-examination of human activities, not from a 'fisheries' or 'wildlife management' lens, but rather from an ecological and evolutionary lens. Work covered will include his group's own grizzly bear-salmon-human project in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest as well as their recent meta-analysis and synthesis on 'human super predators' published in *Science* earlier this year. The new perspectives offered in this work will describe how humans have essentially freed themselves from the limitations imposed on other predators in nature, and focus on humanity's efforts to impose new limits via management.

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors including CIEE for their contribution toward Dr. Darimont's travel, and Canadian Science Publishing and The Telegram for their Gold Sponsorship.


Dr. Elena Bennett, McGill University
Friday, July 8

Elena Bennett is an ecosystem ecologist interested in social-ecological systems and the resilient provision of ecosystem services. She has won awards for undergraduate teaching, graduate mentorship, and for promoting sustainability on campus and in her local community. She is a 2016 recipient of an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural and Sciences Engineering Research Council, Canada.

Dr. Mark Vellend, Université de Sherbrooke
Saturday, July 9

Mark Vellend is a plant ecologist interested in ecological and evolutionary responses of populations and communities to environmental change. He has developed a general theory of community ecology, described in a forthcoming book, “The theory of ecological communities” (Princeton University Press, 2016), and is a 2016 recipient of an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural and Sciences Engineering Research Council, Canada.

Dr. Judy Myers, University of British Columbia
Sunday, July 10 - President’s Lecture

Judy Myers, outgoing President of CSEE, studied insect ecology and biological control at the University of British Columbia for over 40 years. Her research group has focused on the role of viral infection in the population cycles of tent caterpillars and the ecology and control of invasive plants. She has an ongoing interest in the challenges for women in science.

Dr. Kathy Martin, University of British Columbia
Sunday, July 10

Kathy Martin is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and a Senior Research Scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Kathy has always held a fascination for how species persist and cope in extreme and challenging environments. She conducts research on population ecology and life history variation of alpine and arctic songbirds and grouse across elevation gradients, and in relation to climate variation. In 1995, Dr. Martin began an experimental study to determine the community structure and function for forest birds and their responses to local and regional disturbance events, specifically for the cavity nesting community. The Nest Web model she developed for cavity nester community organization has been adopted globally for studies of cavity-using vertebrate communities. Dr. Martin conducts research on tree cavity-using birds and mammals throughout the Americas.


We have nine symposia planned for this year's meeting:
  1. The potential for genomics to inform wildlife management and conservation
  2. The world beneath our feet: Soil ecology in Canada
  3. Ecological insights from terrestrial mammals in Newfoundland
  4. Ecological and evolutionary impact of harvesting
  5. Theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology
  6. The interplay between ecology and evolution in spatially-structured landscapes
  7. The realities of assessing predation risk
  8. Ecology and evolution of animal personality
  9. Senior graduate student symposium


  1. Society for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today Thursday morning (~9am-1pm). No cost, lunch provided.

    Each year our symposium includes a series of panel discussions on a theme chosen to help women navigate the process of moving from their post-graduate work into a satisfying career. Due to a wide variety of factors (biological and sociological), academic women, particularly in the sciences, tend to find the transition from their post-graduate work to a career a difficult one to navigate. As a consequence, women tend to be less well represented in careers in the sciences. Our symposium is designed to give women the tools and necessary support system with the ultimate goal of addressing this gap.

    Our 2016 theme is “Gender diversity policy: the progress, the promise and the challenges ahead”. Continuing with the tradition of accounts of successful women in ecology and evolution, we will have a series of prominent scientists speaking about progress with regard to developing awareness of the science of gender equity. The goal is to impart support and knowledge about the progress made and current initiatives in achieving gender equity to scientists-in-training through the sharing of information and networking opportunities. We also strive to provide a safe space to discuss and learn about issues with finding balance and developing confidence in order to foster increased enjoyment during their careers. We have designed the symposium to include time to discuss the material in the presentations, as we have learned from past years that this is one of the best ways to learn from our panelists, audience members, and their experience.

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  2. Mixed Models in Ecology Thursday afternoon (~1-5pm). No cost.

    Mixed models consist of both random and fixed explanatory variables, in the analysis of experimental and observational data. Mixed models have an uneven history in their application to observational studies in ecology-- sometimes rigorous but too often patently wrong. This workshop will focus on key concepts, learned through a series of examples executed in both code based ( R) and GUI based (Minitab, SPlus, SPSS) software. The examples will be drawn from lab based experiment, from field based experimental intervention, and from structured observational studies. Registrants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire, which will be used to align the workshop to the interests of participants and their experience with statistical analysis.

    The workshop will be conducted by David Schneider and graduate students who have completed a course in statistics with him. David completed Robert Sokal’s course in Biometry at Stony Brook and since then has won international and university awards in graduate teaching and graduate supervision.

Program Overview

Thursday, July 7: CSEE board meeting, workshops, field trips, opening reception and public lecture.

Friday July 8: Scientific program, Plenary Lecture

Saturday July 9: Scientific program, Plenary Lecture

Sunday July 10: Scientific program, President's Award Lecture, closing banquet

Monday July 11: Field trips

Field Trips


Registration for the 2016 conference is now open.

Registration fees are in Canadian dollars and include 13% HST, the HST registration # is R107690273.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Conference Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland at 1.709.864.4003 or Kim Simms

Your Registration will include:

  • Public Lecture and Registration - July 7
  • Nutrition breaks - July 8-10
  • Lunches - July 8-10
  • All sessions, symposia, plenary lectures and poster sessions - July 8-10
  • Accompanying Guest - Public Lecture & Poster Sessions only

Early registration is available until May 13, 2016; all fees are listed below, including the tax breakdown.

  • Student/Post-Doc Society Member (by May 13, 2016) $181.42 + $23.58 = $205
  • Student/Post-Doc Society Member (after May 13, 2016) $261.06 + $33.94 = $295
  • Regular Society Member (by May 13, 2016) $340.71 + $44.29 = $385
  • Regular Society Member (after May 13, 2016) $420.35 + $54.65 = $475
  • Regular Non-Member (by May 13, 2016) $429.20 + $55.80 = $485
  • Regular Non-Member (after May 13, 2016) $508.85 + $66.15 = $575
  • Single Day Student/Post-Doc (by May 13, 2016) $88.50 + $11.50 = $100
  • Single Day Student/Post-Doc (after May 13, 2016) $106.19 + $13.81 = $120
  • Single Day Registration (by May 13, 2016) $132.74 + $17.26 = $150
  • Single Day Registration (after May 13, 2016) $150.44 + $19.56 = $170
  • Accompanying Guest (by May 13, 2016) $88.50 + $11.50 = $100
  • Accompanying Guest (after May 13, 2016) $106.19 + $13.81 = $120

We have planned additional events throughout the conference which are available to book when you register for the conference, these include:

  • Banquet on July 10 which includes the banquet and a "Party in Macpherson" immediately following the banquet, the cost to attend both is $90.40 ($80 + HST)
  • Party in Macpherson Quad on July 10 immediately following the banquet, this will include cash bar and entertainment $28.25 ($25 + HST)(the banquet is not included)
  • Canadian Section of the Wildlife Society (CSTWS) Annual General Meeting and Social with Silent Auction on July 9 at Bitters Pub, the cost is $10. For more information on the CSTWS Membership please visit their website.

Workshops at CSEE 2016 will include the annual Society for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (SWEEET) and an R-based stats workshop on July 7, and a student/post-doc evening workshop during the conference.

For more information on these opportunities and additional details related to the conference please refer to the website, the CSEE listserve or follow us on Facebook CSEE2016 and Twitter @CSEE2016!

There are also opportunities available for student recognition and financial support for travel to the conference.

These opportunities include:

  • Student award competition for posters and talks Due to the work involved in administering this competition, please enter only if you have substantial results or ideas to report. Please refer to the CSEE webpage for hints on giving good presentations and the judging criteria. Please include a maximum 250 word abstract summarizing your talk or poster and submit to Abstracts are only required for presentations submitted for student awards.
  • New "Excellence in doctoral research award" The recipient will receive a $500 prize and present in a special "Graduate Student Showcase". Priority is given to PhD students within 2 years of completing their degree. Winners are not eligible for the regular talk/poster session.To apply, please submit your application to the CSEE Student and Post-doctoral Councilors at by May 13, 2016 and indicate when you started and hope to finish your degree. The application should include:
    1. A 500 word abstract
    2. Your C.V.
    3. A letter of support from your supervisor or a committee member
  • Funding to attend the annual conference and meeting CSEE supports students traveling to the annual meeting. Due to the high cost of travel to St. John’s, in 2016, CSEE will offer 20 travel grants of $750 each to student members and will also fund 5 post-doctoral members at $750 each. To apply, forward the email confirming your presentation submission for CSEE 2016, a note that you are up-to-date in your CSEE membership and the address of your home University to by May 13, 2016. A confirmation of receipt will be sent. Recipients will be randomly chosen from eligible applicants and informed by e-mail two weeks after early registration has closed. To be eligible for a travel grant you must be:
    1. Member of the CSEE (note if you are a student or post-doc)
    2. Up to date on membership fees
    3. Presenting a talk or poster at the conference
    4. Traveling more than 500 km to the meeting
  • STWS student travel awards Please note this is open ONLY to CSTWS members however CSTWS membership is only $10 and this membership will allow you to participate in this and other offerings. For more information go to this link.

For general inquiries
To complete your registration click here.

Our Sponsors


Memorial University is the host and site of CSEE 2016. Our campus is located in the center of St. John’s and is a short taxi drive, approximately 10 minutes from the airport. We are located adjacent to walking trails, golf courses and other amenities so we are the perfect location for your stay during the conference.

We have arranged a limited number of rooms at various hotels and price points for your stay in St. John’s. As limited hotel rooms are available in St. John’s we highly recommend you book accommodations as early as possible, to avoid disappointment and ensure a space is reserved in your name. You are responsible to book your accommodations and make payment for your room and incidentals.

To reserve a room at the conference rate please contact either of the following properties and indicate you are attending CSEE 2016. All prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to 13% HST and 4% Tourism Marketing Levy unless otherwise noted; check in is 3 pm and check out is noon.

  • Memorial University Macpherson College single room with semi-private washroom $75.00 (taxes included) based on single occupancy. This rate is available until June 1, 2016. Please go to enter the promotion code CSEE16 and other details to make a reservation.

  • Holiday Inn 2 double or 1 King bed $159 and $179 based on double occupancy. This rate is available until June 7, 2016. To reserve please call 1-855-914-1413 or email

  • Courtyard by Marriott St. John’s Standard room $199 based on double occupancy. This rate is available until May 7, 2016. Please call 1-866-727-6636 to reserve.

  • Sheraton Hotel Traditional Queen $204 based on double occupancy. This rate is available until June 7, 2016. To reserve please call 1-888-870-3033 or email

How to get here

St. John’s is the eastern gateway to North America….one of the oldest cities on the continent, the most easterly point in North America, and the capital city of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s (YYT) is easily accessible by air as it is just 3 hours from Toronto, 4 from New York City, and 4.5 from London (UK).

St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is the premier transportation gateway to St. John’s, currently serving approximately 1.6 million passengers annually. On a daily basis, St. John’s International Airport has over 80 arriving and departing flights to and from 12 destinations in Canada, the United States, and Europe (on a seasonal basis), with connections to anywhere in the world. The Airport is only 10 minutes by taxi or car rental from the city center. Six airlines currently offer scheduled passenger service: Air Canada, WestJet, Porter Airlines, United Airlines, Provincial Airlines, and Air Saint Pierre.

The closest travel hubs are Halifax (1.5 hours flight), Toronto (3 hours) and Montreal (2.5 hours). A number of airlines provide direct, non-stop flights to St. John’s including two international destinations. When booking your flight, make sure that you are traveling to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT). Other Canadian cites have similar names, so be sure to use the YYT Airport Designation Code. You don’t want to arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick, for the Conference!

Taxi fares from the airport to the city center are $22-$25. There are no hotel shuttles or public transportation to or from the airport. The airport is served by several car rental agencies, including Avis, Budget, National, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty.

St. John’s Visitor Information Centers are located in the airport terminal, at 348 Water Street, and in the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation.

Domestic, direct, non-stop flights serving St. John's International Airport (YYT)
Departing Airport Airline(s) Aproximate flight duration
Toronto, Pearson (YYZ) Air Canada, WestJet 3.0 hours
Montreal (YUL) Air Canada 2.5 hours
Ottawa (YOW) Air Canada 2.5 hours
Calgary (YYC) Westjet 5.5 hours
Halifax (YHZ) Air Canada, WestJet, Porter Airlines 1.5 hours
International, direct, non-stop flights serving St. John's International Airport (YYT)
Departing Airport Airline(s) Aproximate flight duration
Newark, New Jersey, USA (EWR) United Airlines 4 hours
London (Heathrow), UK (LHR) Air Canada 4.5 hours
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) Westjet 5 hours
Visiting Canada

You may need a VISA to enter Canada. Information regarding who needs to obtain a temporary Visa to visit Canada is outlined at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The VISA application form is available here.

While you're here

One of the oldest cities in North America, St. John’s is a uniquely charming and eclectic destination. Cradled in a harbour carved from 500-million-year-old rock, the city is rich with history, brimming with culture, and sprawling with natural beauty. It is an urban city with a past steeped in tradition. You’ll want to take your time and experience our creativity, enchanting stories, unique customs, and spectacular rugged scenery.

St. John’s is home of two of Canada’s national historic sites: Signal Hill, where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal (although that is not the reason for its name), and Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America.

Visit the Rooms, our public cultural space which incorporates the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives and the Johnson Geo Centre, a geology museum carved into the rock of Signal Hill. While you’re here ensure you take in the St. John’s music scene at the many pubs and taverns along George Street and take advantage of our local cuisine, restaurants and unique customs. We have some of the best restaurants in the world please view this list for more information on local restaurants.

Perhaps you would like to extend your stay and enjoy some of the coast and rugged landscapes of our province. Visit our tourism website for things to do, unique experiences and ways to best capture the beauty of our people and culture.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us.
For further information or to inquire about the conference

Mary Garnier for registration and logistics
CSEE2016NL for program and schedule