Engaging with Science | Jan 1, 2015 | By Pauline Gerrard, Institutional Development Coordinator

Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) and Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) Conference

IISD-ELA research had a large presence at the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) and Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) held in Ottawa from January 8–10, 2015. A workshop on IISD-ELA was held at the University of Ottawa as a preconference event. It brought together IISD-ELA staff, university researchers and students to discuss continued collaboration on science and education at IISD-ELA. Topics of discussion included future graduate- and undergraduate-level field courses and major project planning. Ongoing and potential future research discussed included eutrophication, nanosilver impacts, hydrological implications of climate change, diluted bitumen impacts and remediation, and Mysis re-introduction. IISD-ELA greatly appreciates the strong support from the individuals who participated in this event and looks forward to continued partnerships and collaboration.

In addition to the pre-workshop, The Experimental Lakes Area was one of twelve overarching themes for the conference and a full afternoon session was dedicated to IISD-ELA research. Presentations were given on a wide range of topics, including the implications of experimental reservoir creation, photoferrotrophy and the role of iron in eutrophic systems, the fate and effects of silver nanoparticles, fish behaviour and success following a range of whole ecosystem experimentation, and whole-lake dynamic models for developing an integrated understanding of aquatic processes. The conference session demonstrated the wide range of research ongoing at IISD-ELA and inspired considerable discussion on current and future work. IISD-ELA congratulates the CCFFR and SCL for a successful conference and was very pleased to be part of the event.