The Survivor’s Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology

SGSIE Fifth Edition

Siracusa, 26th March – 3rd April 2022

The fifth edition of The Survivors’ Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology – SGSIE – sees our great team of lecturers from all over the world come together again – in-person, we hope –  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 unlock 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. Mornings will be dedicated to field-activities, lab-work and data analysis, with lectures in the afternoons, combining to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the use of stable isotopes in ecology through hands-on experience. In-person participants will have time to work with the course tutors  – and a little time to explore the beautiful island of Ortigia and savour the Mediterranean setting and the local specialties.

SGSIE V CourseSicily2022.docx

Course ID
Stable Isotope Ecology
Department
Specialist
Campus
Palazzo Francica Nava
Level
Graduate
Instructor
Team Taught
Semester
Spring 2022
Credit
None
Method
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. Saturday 26 March- DEP. Sunday 3 April 2022

Program – 9 days/8 nights

Number of participants – 20 min-30 max

  • Course Fee
  • Regular registration by 15th February 2022 1750 euros - deposit 450 euros
  • Late registration after 15th February 2022 1900 euros
  • On-line option (if in-person course is cancelled) - 450 euros

Course Lecturers  2022 TBC:

Prof. Chris Harrod, Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile

http://harrodlab.net/

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

https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/directory/tco21

Prof. Seth Newsome, University of New Mexico, USA 

sethnewsome.org/sethnewsome/Home.html

Dr Clive Trueman, Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, University of Southampton, UK 

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/research/staff/trueman.page

Dr. Brian Hayden, Science Manager, Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory, University of New Brunswick, Canada www.atomicecology.com

Dr. Alexia Massa-Gallucci, Exedra Mediterranean Center, Italy: Ocean Breath – Greentech solutions, Malta https://oceanbreath.eu/

Entry requirements


Short letter of presentation

Letter of Support from tutor or supervisor

For PhD and Graduate Students, Researchers

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.

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