The Survivors’ Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology IV

Covid permitting, we are planning to hold the 4th edition of The Survivor’s Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology that we were forced to postpone, in Sicily from Saturday 10th- Sunday 18th April 2021. If it becomes clear that this is impossible, the course will go online during the same period.

The fourth edition of The Survivors’ Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology sees our great team of lecturers from all over the world 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 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. We have added another day to the usual format to give participants more time to work with the course tutors and to allow a little time to explore the beautiful setting of Siracusa and its surroundings.

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Course ID
Stable Isotope Ecology
Palazzo Francica Nava
Team Taught
Spring 2021
Lecture, Seminar

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 10 April – DEP. Sunday 18 April 2021

Program – 9 days/8 nights

Number of participants – 25 min-35 max

  • Early Bird registration by 15th January 2021 - 1450 euros
  • Regular registration by 1st March 2021 - 1600 euros
  • Late registration after 1st March 2021 - 1800 euros

Course Lecturers  2021 (to be confirmed):

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

Letter of Support from tutor or supervisor

For PhD and Graduate Students, Researchers

Course structure

The course will be a combination of


Practical experience


How you study

As well as the lectures, there will be group projects to complete and hands-on practical experience with analysing data, preparing samples, etc.

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