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The Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution / Institut canadien d’écologie et d’évolution (CIEE / ICEE) is a consortium of Canadian universities with the mission of expanding and accelerating scientific discovery on the natural environment and its contributions to our national well being.

CIEE has made substantial advances towards its goal of become a leader in synthesis research in Canada.  In the last four years alone, CIEE supported eleven thematic working groups, which together assembled 164 top scientists to address some of the most vexing problems at the nexus of ecology and evolution.  Our training programs are equally essential components in the CIEE growth, and have included 15 workshops and short courses which have trained more than 400 evolutionary and ecological scientists.


CIEE seeks candidate for the position of Director 

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; seeks candidates for the position of Director.  Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups.  Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE;  CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature.  The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE's Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre).  The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.


Responsibilities of the Director include:
• INSTITUTE DEVELOPMENT: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
• PROGRAMS: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding. 
• COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH:  The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
• FUNDRAISING: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources.  The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
• BUDGET: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.

The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians.  To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6).  Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled.  Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes:




We are pleased to announce that three new Synthesis Working Groups have been selected for funding by CIEE to be staged on 2017, including:

i. The evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales, led by Stilianos Louca, Laura Parfrey and Michael Doebeli from the University of British Columbia.  This working group is bringing together 11 professionals from five Institutions including UBC, Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, University of California, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ii. Determining marine hotspots in Arctic Canada using tracking data from multiple species, presented by Mark Mallory (Acadia), Marie Auger-Méthé (Dalhousie) and David Yurkowski (Manitoba). This working group will meet 12 participants from 10 institutions including Acadia University, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Carleton University, University of Windsor, University of Regina, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

iii. Functional response of understory plants to climate, soil and disturbance regimes across Canadian boreal forest ecosystems (Co-VITAS), led by Alison Munson, Bright Kumordzi (Laval) and Isabelle Aubin (Canadian Forest Service). This working group, co-funded with the Canadian Forest Service, in bringing together 21 researches from 13 Institutions including Université Laval, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université de Quebec à Montreal , Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, University of Guelph, University of Alberta, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (QC), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (NB), Canadian Forest Service, and the Centre d’écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive (CNRS, France)

We had a great response to the last Call for Proposals and received very interesting applications from across the entire country. A comprehensive and rigorous peer-review evaluation allows us to optimize selection of the most relevant and impactful proposals.  As in the past, the assessment of the proposals was carried out by the members of CIEE’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG). We take this opportunity to thank this-year’s reviewers, Steve Perlman, Dennis Murray, Sean Rogers, Root Gorelick , Anthony Ricciardi and Amy Hurford for their outstanding work.

The quality of most applications was exceptional, but as is often the case, requests for funding exceeded available resources, so several well-regarded proposals could not be supported. By joining CIEE, your institution helps support this exceptional work!

Details on the Grants' Selection Process here  




The CIEE will grow as it adds partners from coast to coast. CIEE achieves its mission principally through funding from, and co-operation among, a consortium of Canadian institutions. Each member university pays annual membership fees assessed on a sliding scale according to their NSERC Discovery Grant program funding in ecology and evolution.  No overhead is charged, so all of the funding obtained from member organizations is used for direct support of CIEE scientific programs, whereas in-kind contributions help maintain staff and synthesis facilities.  As a result, the more members we have, the more activities we can support.
To increase our membership, we are seeking CIEE members’ at all Canadian universities to act as representatives and liaisons to their local administration. Through its membership, your institution will: 1) facilitate access to CIEE’s scientific programs for your faculty and highly qualified personnel, 2) gain a seat on the management board that sets the mandate and direction of the CIEE, and 3) play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ecology and evolution in Canada.  We are always looking for new representatives, so please, do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.



One of the major initiatives of the CIEE during the last year has been the establishment of a College of Representatives to better develop membership and represent our Institute across the country. We currently have representatives in tthirty one Canadian institutions. These individuals or small groups are responsible to promote the goals and activities of CIEE to local faculty and administrators.
If you recognize the importance of having a national centre for synthesis in ecology and evolution, and are interested in acting as the formal CIEE representative to your Institute, please let us know and we would be delighted to provide you with more information.