2024 The Survivor’s Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology

SGSIE 2024 VIth edition

Siracusa, Sunday 10th March  – Sunday 17th March 2024

The sixth edition of The Survivors’ Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology – SGSIE – sees our great international team of lecturers come together again to unlock the secrets of stable isotopes for you.

Stable isotopes are a powerful and ubiquitous tool in modern ecology. When used correctly, they can help to understand the mysteries of food-webs, species interactions, ecophysiology, and migration patterns across the globe. However, incorrect use can result in expensively-compiled, useless datasets. This course will give you the skills to maximise the benefit of the use of stable isotopes in your current or future research.

The course will be held on the scenic island of Ortigia, the historic centre of Siracusa in Sicily, Italy. Course instructors include leading experts in the application of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur to marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, in addition to expertise in the growing field of compound specific stable isotope analysis and the analysis of stable isotope data. 

The course is tailored to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers with some or no experience. Eight intense days will be dedicated to lectures, data-analysis and field-activities, combining to provide the students with a thorough introduction to the use of stable isotopes in ecology through hands-on experience. Participants will have opportunities to discuss their research with the course tutors in an informal and collaborative environment  – and time to explore the beautiful island of Ortigia and savour the Mediterranean setting and the local specialties.

Link to course info : SGSIE 2024 Course Sicily.docx 


Course ID
Stable Isotope Ecology
Palazzo Francica Nava
Team Taught
Spring 2024
Lecture, Seminar, Workshop

The course is tailored to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers with some or no experience. The course-programme includes a combination of lectures, field activities, lab-work and data analysis to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the use of stable isotopes in ecology through hands-on experience.

Dates  ARR. Sunday 10th March – DEP. Sunday 17th March 2024

Program – 8 days/7 nights

Number of participants – 20 min-30 max

  • Course Fee
  • Regular registration by 15 February 2024 : euro 1700
  • Late registration after 15th February 2024 : euro 1850
  • Early Bird Registration with discount by 20th January 2024 : euro 1575

Course Lecturers  2024 TBC:

Prof. Chris Harrod, Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile


Dr. Tamsin O’Connell, University of Cambridge, UK


Prof. Seth Newsome, University of New Mexico, USA 


Dr. Alexia Massa-Gallucci, Exedra Mediterranean Center, Italy: Blue EcoTech, Malta https://oceanbreath.eu/

Dr. Sarah Magozzi, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn – Fano Marine Centre, Italy

Dr. Jose Canseco, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, España

Entry requirements

For PhD and Graduate Students, Researchers
Short letter of presentation
Letter of Support from tutor or supervisor
Letter documenting circumstances if applying for a bursary.

Course structure

The course will be a combination of

Morning: workshops, seminars, field-trips

Afternoons: lectures

How you study

Apart from the lectures, there will be group presentations and projects to complete and workshops for sample-preparation and data analysis.


Thanks to some generous sponsors, we have a limited number of bursaries of 500 euros. Participants who are not in receipt of any sort of funding to support their participation on the course are invited to send a letter outlining their circumstances and a statement from their tutor or supervisor confirming that the institution is not able to support them financially for this course.
The bursary will be deducted from the course fees.
Applications for bursaries should be made by 10th January 2024.

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