The Survivor’s Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology IV- online

Online 12-16 April 2021

The uncertainty caused by the Covid crisis has made a face-to-face course impossible to plan this Spring, however the fourth edition of The Survivor’s Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology is going ahead anyway, and sees our great team of lecturers from all over the world come together again – online – to unlock the secrets of stable isotopes for you. The course will run for four -hour sessions over five days from 12-16 April 2021, using Zoom, shared google docs, Dropbox etc.

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.

Course instructors include leading experts in the application of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur to marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology and archaeology, and in the growing field of compound specific stable isotope analysis and the analysis of stable isotope data. They will be available during ‘open office hours’ outside of the course hours for discussion about individual research.

Online SGSIE IV 2021.docx


Course ID
Stable Isotope Ecology
On-line course
Team Taught
Spring 2021
Lecture, Online, Seminar

The course is tailored to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers with some or no experience.

The online programme includes a combination of lectures, interactive sessions and data analysis to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the use of stable isotopes in ecology. 

The course program will include theoretical and practical applications of stable isotopes to ecology:

  • Spatial patterns of isotopes (i.e. biogeochemical cycling and isoscapes),
  • The use of stable isotopes in trophic ecology (bulk and compound specific datasets),
  • Experimental design and sample preparation
  • Stable Isotopes and their use in physiology,
  • Introduction to data visualisation and analysis in R: (including SIBER, SIMMR, MixSIAR and tRophicposition packages)
  • Interactive sessions with students and tutors to discuss key scientific papers and student’s research projects.

Dates  Monday 12 April – Friday 16 April 2021

Time – 16:00 – 20:00 CEST Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

Number of participants – 20 min-30 max

  • Early registration by 26 February 2021 - 320 euros
  • Regular registration by 31st March 2021 - 350 euros
  • Late registration after 1st April 2021 - 380 euros

Course Lecturers  2021 (to be confirmed):

Prof. Chris Harrod, Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile

Dr. Brian Hayden, Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Alexia Massa-Gallucci, AquaBioTech Group, Malta

Prof. Seth Newsome, University of New Mexico, USA

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

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



Entry requirements

Short letter of presentation

For PhD and Graduate Students, Researchers

Course structure

The course will be a combination of

Online Lectures

Online Workshops

How you study

As well as the online lectures, there will be group projects, articles and data to discuss.

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