University of Navarra Fellowship Programme
The School of Sciences of the University of Navarra wants to support excellent researchers in preparing their applications to join us through the MSCA Fellowship Programme.
In June 2017, we will carry out a two-day meeting with researchers interested in submitting an application to the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF 2017) in September with the aim of spending between one and two years with us.
The selected candidates will be invited to Pamplona to attend the meeting, get to know the Host Institution, and spend some time with their supervisors. Within the sessions there will be an open day with one of the Spanish National Contact Point and evaluators of Marie Curie Actions.
The Biodiversity Data Analytics and Environmental Quality (BEQ) group offer a position on human pressures and conservation status of European freshwater fishes.Open
The Ecohydrology Working Group of SIL invites members of SIL and other persons interested in the topic of the announced symposium to attend the International Symposium “Ecohydrology for the Circular Economy and Nature-Based Solutions towards mitigation/adaptation to Climate Change” which will take place on 26-28 September 2017 in Lodz, Poland.
This Symposium is jointly organized by European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, World Meteorological Organization, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change u/a UNESCO, Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Key Laboratory of Reservoir Environment CAS, University of Lodz, International Society of Limnology (SIL) and International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) u/a of UNESCO.
The Organizing Committee aims to provide a forum for experts from all over the world to exchange ideas and state of the art regarding Climate Change mitigation/adaptation, from the perspective of Ecohydrology, Nature-Based Solutions and Circular Economy”
Visit our website:www.isehcnc.com
Or follow us on Twitter: @ISEHCNCOpen
Update on SIL Publisher
The announcement about Taylor & Francis (T&F) becoming SIL’s new publisher stimulated many queries. Below is a summary of the main points:
1. SIL members will be exempt from page charges when publishing in Inland Waters. The first author has to be a SIL member, other authors “don’t count” towards the discount. If the first author is not a member, he/she will be invited to join SIL and enjoy the exemption. Non-members will be charged by SIL a flat rate of USD 75/page. This new arrangement begins with issue 7(1) of Inland Waters.
2. SIL members (first author only) will be eligible for a substantial discount, of nearly USD 1000, on publishing their Inland Waters articles as Open Access. The discount is on the regular charge by T&F of ~ USD 3,000 per article.
3. The entire set of SIL Proceedings from all past congresses (1922 – 2010) will be digitized in the near future and made available on-line to all SIL members.Open
Annual membership fees for students
March 2017 is the last chance for students from developed countries to enjoy the USD5/year membership dues rate.
From 1 April 2017, student members from developed countries will be charged USD10/year. The annual dues for students from developing countries will remain USD5/year.
All will have to pay for three years at once still.
Do encourage students at your vicinity to become SIL member NOW!Open
SIL has new publisher
SIL has a new publisher! Starting January 2017, Taylor & Francis will be publishing Inland Waters and SILNews.
There are several major advantages to this change:
(1) SIL members will be exempt from page charges when publishing in Inland Waters (whereas non-members will be charged).
(2) Manuscripts to Inland Waters will now be handled through Editorial Manager, a user-friendly on-line manuscript processing software, replacing the system used until now.
(3) Being published by a major commercial publisher means that Inland Waters will now have a much wider distribution with over 2000 additional libraries. This larger audience will contribute to improving the journal’s visibility and impact.
(4) Here comes a most important benefit: All volumes of the former SIL Proceedings, the Verhandlungen and the Mitteilungen will be digitized in a searchable format. Within a few months these huge but currently mostly inaccessible volumes will become available on-line for free viewing and downloading to all SIL members. This immense database of knowledge, starting with Volume 1 of the Proceedings published in 1922, will soon be available to all of us, with easy sorting by author or title. Non-members will be charged for this access.
To accommodate these changes SIL had to revise the criteria for who is a SIL member. While in the past you would continue to be a member if you didn’t pay dues for up to 3 years, this will not be possible in the future. From now on, only those who pay their annual dues will be considered members that are eligible for the above benefits. It is therefore time to pay your dues for 2017, either through your National Representative, to the SIL Office, or directly on the SIL website.
Note also that the next 2 months is the last chance for students from developed countries to enjoy the 5 USD/year membership dues rate. From 1 April, student members from developed countries will be charged 10 USD/year. The annual dues for students from developing countries will remain 5 USD/year. All will have to pay for 3 years at once still. So, do encourage students at your vicinity to become SIL member NOW!Open
SIL election results
It is with great pleasure that we announce the newly elected students/early career members of the SIL Executive Committee.
- 1. Camilla Capelli from Italy
- 2. Iestyn Woolway from the UK
Proposed changes to the SIL Statutes
The SIL Executive Committee proposed several changes to the SIL Statutes, as detailed below. It is SIL’s custom to advertise such changes before a congress, then vote to approve the changes at the General Assembly meeting in the congress. The changes proposed by the Executive Committee reflect changes that have already taken place de-facto, but as of today – are not written into the statutes. To summarise these changes:
Clause 4 SIL membership and Dues:
- 1. A new membership category was added: Early Career Member (50% dues of Ordinary member).
- 2. The description of the category of Emeritus Members was re-worded to reflect the current state, with on-line access to Inland Waters replacing the past shipping of hard copies of the Proceedings. The same change was made at other places in the document
- 3. The Student Member category was re-worded to reflect changes that already took place
- 4. A clause was added about members from developing countries having a 50% reduction on dues.
Clause 11 Executive Committee
- 5. Addition of 2 student/early career representatives to the Executive Committee (EC).
- 6. The expansion of the EC from 5 to 7 members led to changing the number of people constituting a quorum, from 5 to 6.
- 7. Since congresses are now conducted at 2-yr intervals, “triennium” was changed to “biennium or triennium”
Item ViI. Congresses
- 8. Clause 18, the following sentence is no longer relevant and was deleted:”
Manuscripts ready for review can be submitted to the Editor before the final General Assembly. The Editor will decide on the basis of its originality and scientific merit whether a paper from the Congress shall be published by SIL.
- 9. A new clause 19 was added: ” Invited Congress keynote speakers are expected to submit their presentations as papers for publication in Inland Waters. All other Congress participants are encouraged to do the same.”
Clause numbers were adjusted.
Please see the Statutes page for a draft copy of what will discussed at the SIL Congress in Torino.Open
Impact factor for Inland Waters increases
Jack Jones, editor-in-chief of Inland Waters reports that its impact factor in 2015 is now 1.776, increased from 1.31 last year. This now places the journal eighth out of 20 titles in the Limnology category – not bad for a fledgling journal. This is an excellent improvement to the status of SIL’s peer-reviewed journal.Open
Elections for 2 student/early career SIL board members
SIL is holding now elections for two new student/early career members to join its executive committee. This is a new move for SIL, never before did the Executive Committee have a chair reserved for young members. Now SIL has added two chairs that are reserved for young members. To exercise your right to vote, look for an email sent to you on 16 June from Denise Johnson, with details on the six candidates and instructions on how to vote. If you do not receive the email, please write Denise at email@example.com and she will send you the information. The deadline for voting is 30 June 2016.Open
Students publish paper as result of SIL course in Brazil
Frontiers in Microbiology has published a paper that is the
outcome of a fruitful practical SIL course that happened in Brazil in
2014. All participants of the course (graduate students, post-docs and
university professors) authored the paper, entitled “High primary
production contrasts with intense carbon emission in a eutrophic
tropical reservoir.” This paper adds to the current understanding of
the interactions between eutrophication and carbon cycling, and it is
one of the first reports on the carbon cycling of Brazilian semiarid
artificial lakes. These systems are present throughout northeastern
Brazil but have been poorly studied so far.
The article is freely available on Frontier’s website:
Student sought for SIL Executive Board
The SIL Nominating Committee is seeking (self-)nominations for a student/early career member of the SIL Executive board, to serve for a period of 2 years (with an option to be re-elected for a second term), and to be elected before the next congress in Turin (2016). Candidates must be SIL members (or have applied to join SIL), holding a PhD studentship, or a post-doctoral or similar position, and have been born in 1981 or later.
Candidates should submit a photograph and a paragraph about him/herself, stating what s/he would like to do for the younger generation of limnologists if elected to the SIL board (one page max, plus the photograph). On this basis, the SIL Nominating Committee will select candidates to be put up for an election by the SIL membership. Members of the SIL Nominating Committee are: Luigi Naselli-Flores (Chair), Carolyn Burns, Paul del Giorgio, Alan Hildrew and Tamar Zohary. Applications should be submitted to the Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 15 May 2016. Elections will be held electronically (by e-mail) at the beginning of June.Open
Inland Waters 6(2), a special issue dedicated to Val Smith, is published all open access
Contents here: Inland Waters 6(2), 2016
Do persistent organic pollutants stimulate cyanobacterial blooms?
Theodore Daniel Harris, Val H Smith
Life on the stoichiometric knife-edge: effects of high and low food C:P ratio on growth, feeding, and respiration in three Daphnia species
James J Elser, Marcia Kyle, Jennifer Learned, Michelle L McCrackin, Angela Peace, Laura Steger
Effects of eutrophication on maximum algal biomass in lake and river ecosystems
Nitrogen, phosphorus, and eutrophication in streams
Walter Dodds, Val H Smith
Differences in phosphorus use between ancient and extant Daphnia genotypes alters algal stoichiometry and abundance
Priyanka Roy Chowdhury
A 21-year record of sub-epilimnetic populations of Cryptomonas spp.
Val Smith, Jude H Kastens
Dynamics of silicon in lakes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, and implications for diatom growth
Lisa Pearson, Chris H Hendy, David P Hamilton
PlanktoMetrix – a computerized system to support microscope counts and measurements of plankton
Tamar Zohary, Mordechai Shneor, Karl David Hambright
Inland Waters 6(1) is published
Contents here: Inland Waters 6(1), 2016
Scaling relationships among drivers of aquatic respiration in temperate lakes: from the smallest to the largest freshwater ecosystems
Ed K. Hall, Don R. Schoolmaster Jr., Andre M. Amado, Edward G. Stets, Jay T. Lennon, Leah Domine, Jim B Cotner
Monitoring by citizen scientists demonstrates water clarity of Maine (USA) lakes is stable, not declining, due to cultural eutrophication
Daniel Evans Canfield Jr, Rooger W Bachmann, Dana B Stephens, Mark V Hoyer, Linda C Bacon, Scott Williams, Mathew Scott
Invasive species induced food-web disruption, alternative regimes, and cyanobacteria dominance in a pelagic food web: a case history
Joseph C Makarewicz, Theodore W Lewis, Joyce A Makarewicz
Invading the invaders: relationships of an exotic branchiobdellidan with its exotic host and environmental conditions
Iván Vedia, Rafael Miranda, Javier Oscoz, Enrique Baquero
Effects of mire-originated dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus on microbial activity in boreal headwaters
Noora Helen Josefiina Räsänen
Cyanobacteria in a tributary backwater area in the Three Gorges Reservoir, China
Yan Xiao, Zhe Li, Jingsong Guo, Jing Liu, Shengjun Wu
Spatial distribution patterns of fish assemblages relative to macroinvertebrates and environmental conditions in Andean piedmont streams of the Colombian Amazon
Ibon Tobes, Sergio Gaspar, Marlon Peláez-Rodríguez, Rafael Miranda
Geese as vectors of nitrogen and phosphorous to freshwater systems
Lisa Dessborn, Rebecca Hessel, Johan Elmberg
Reconstructing a trophic cascade following unintentional introduction of golden shiner to Lake Minnewaska, New York, USA
David C. Richardson
The importance of flooded terrestrial habitats for larval fish in a semi-natural large floodplain (Volga, Russian Federation)
Konrad Górski, Joep De Leeuw, Hendrik Winter, Victoria Khoruzhaya, Vasily Boldyrev, Dmitry Vekhov, Leopold Nagelkerke
SIL student competition winner
With great pleasure we announce the winners of the SIL Student competition:
Third place: shared between two papers that scored the same:
1) Cedric Morana (Belgium)
Morana C, Sarmento H, Descy J-P, Gasol JM, Borges AV, Bouillon A, Darchambeau F. (2014). Production of dissolved organic matter by phytoplankton and its uptake by heterotrophic prokaryotes in large tropical lakes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 59: 1364-1375.
2) Pauliina Salmi (Finland)
Salmi P, Salonen K. (2015). Regular build-up of the spring phytoplankton maximum before ice-break in a boreal lake. Limnol. Oceanogr. 61: 240-253.
Second Place: Francisco Acosta & Richard M. Zamor (USA), for their joint article:
Acosta F, Zamor RM , Najar FZ, Roe BA, Hambright KD. (2015). Dynamics of an experimental microbial invasion. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sc. 112: 11594-11599.
First Place: Jeremy J. Piggott (New Zealand), for his article
Piggott JJ, Salis RK, Lear G, Townsend CR, Matthaei CD. (2015). Climate warming and agricultural stressors interact to determine stream periphyton community composition. Global Change Biology 2: 206–222.
The winners will be awarded their certificates at the Congress in Torino. The winner of the first place, Jeremy Piggot, will give a plenary.
We thank all those who contributed to the competition, including all 37 applicants from 17 countries, mentors who wrote recommendation letters, SIL National Representatives who coordinated internal elections at the first stage of the competition, and national committee members who ranked the papers at the National level competition.
But most important – we all owe great thanks to eight volunteers who to examined and ranked the 19 articles participating in the international stage of the competition. All eight are chief editors or co-chief editors of limnological journals, thus experts in assessing the merits of scientific papers. Their identity will be revealed in Torino.
We take this opportunity to announce that the second SIL student competition will begin shortly after the Congress in Torino, where details of this competition will be provided. Its winners will present in the SIL Congress in China in 2018.
Prof. Judit Padisák
Chair, international assessment committee
Dr Tamar Zohary
SIL General Secretary
Save Lake Ohrid
Ohrid SOS, a local citizens’ initiative established to protect ancient Lake Ohrid of Macedonia, is appealing to the limnological community for friendship, support, partnership and participation in an exciting new vision to guarantee the future of this lake. At present, a government-backed, mass-tourism urbanization plan may tear apart Lake Ohrid’s precious ecosystem in the name of economic progress.
However, we believe there is another way: Working together with SIL members and educative/scientific institutions, Ohrid SOS would like to unfurl a smorgasbord of courses, research projects and ecological schemes that can fully entwine the environmental integrity of the Lake Ohrid region within a viable economic framework. This would present a meaningful alternative to the mass-tourism model by creating a strategy for sustainable eco-, knowledge and volunteer tourism, and enshrining scientific discovery within the local financial architecture. Nonetheless, it will only be actioned under the condition that Lake Ohrid’s ecological security is ensured by total protection first.
If you would like to help pioneer this vision by establishing research or learning projects in the Lake Ohrid region, or are interested to cooperate in other ways please contact email@example.com, approach via the Ohrid SOS Facebook page, or refer to our website athttps://ohridsos.wordpress.com.Open
Welcome to PEG 2015 in China
PEG-Working Group on Plankton Ecology, founded in 1974, is among the oldest and most active working groups of SIL. Since its first formal meeting in Olso (1974), PEG has arranged more than 20 meetings including symposia, workshop and training courses. PEG meetings bring together freshwater ecologists working on different aspects of freshwater plankton ecology and offer an open platform for deep discussion and exchange of ideas between plankton ecologists from diverse waters and regions. The next PEG meeting will be held in Guangzhou, China, on 20-24 November, 2015. PEG 2015 will focus on the role of plankton diversity in bloom dynamics. Phytoplankton blooms are on the rise worldwide nowadays, especially in developing countries, adding urgency to the need to understand how blooms form.
For further information about this meeting check our website: http://peg2015.csp.escience.cn
Miss Ningning LIU
Institute of Hydrobiology
Student Travel Awards for the 2016 SIL Congress in Torino, Italy
SIL offers travel awards to students and early career limnologists who would otherwise be unable to participate in the congress, coming from the Wetzel Memorial Fund. Information about these awards and application forms is available here >>> and from SIL 2016 Congress website . Eligible applicants are SIL members that have not received the award in the past. Deadline for applications is 1 November 2015.Open
Argentina Elects First-Ever SIL National Representative
Argentina has just elected its first-ever SIL National Representative. Dr Inés O’Farrell of the CONICET – University of Buenos Aires was elected for this position. We wish her lots of success!
To have a National Representative, a country has to have at least 10 SIL members. Argentina has increased its membership from only 1 in 2005 to 17 currently. This is the largest number ever of SIL members from Argentina. Another country that now has enough members to elect a National Representative is Mexico. Hopefully other countries will follow, by recruiting a young generation of SIL members. Encourage your students to join SIL – their annual dues are only $5/year. And there is a 50% discount on annual dues of early career members.Open
External Quality Assessment Trials Phytoplankton
The State Reservoir Administration of Saxony as a state-owned enterprise in the line of business of the Saxon Ministry for Environment and Agriculture and the Working Committee Drinking Water Reservoirs r.a. (ATT) will conduct a proficiency test of phytoplankton in 2015-2016. This is the seventh international proficiency test since 2007.
Interested parties may register online on the web portal www.planktonforum.eu from 15 June to 30 September 2015.Open
Advanced Course on Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins
Where: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
When: 29 June – 4 July 2015
This course is funded by NILS and CYANOCOST and will provide fellowships for most of the trainees. It will be a good opportunity to disseminate information about this issue and to help educate a new generation of cyanobacteriologists.Open
Ancient Lake Ohrid Threatened
Ancient Lake Ohrid of Macedonia, 288 m depth, on the border between Macedonia and Albania in the Dinaric Alps, is one of the most evolutionarily spectacular and scientifically significant freshwater ecosystems in the world. This lake is facing a ruinous lurch to ecosystem destabilization. Government-endorsed urban plans will concrete over the last of its marshes for roads and tourist hotels, replace local fauna with non-native species, import beaches to lakeshores, and rip out key reed beds, the breeding site of the noteworthy Ohrid carp and nesting place for the mute swan, which may then abandon its role as environmental steward of the habitat. This will take place in the shadows of Galicica National Park, a UNESCO-designated biosphere, where a ski-resort and further roads are set to carve apart yet another ecosystem. All is not lost, however: Ohrid SOS, a local citizens’ initiative, is reaching out to limnologists everywhere to speak with the gravity of their expert voices and put their names to a Declaration demanding the Macedonian government halts these dual ecological catastrophes. It also calls on their wider support, should they be interested and willing. One of the most compelling evolutionary narratives ever witnessed may depend on you. We respectfully urge your signature on the Declaration.
Ancient Lake Ohrid, a limnological masterwork, boasts perhaps the highest rate of diversity of any lake by surface area worldwide. (Ljupco Lepi)Open
Issue 5(2) of Inland Waters has been published
Michael Kehoe, Kate O’Brien, Alistair Grinham, Michele Burford
Primary production of lake phytoplankton, dominated by the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, in response to irradiance and temperature
James H Larson, Michelle R Bartsch, Steve Gutreuter, Brent C Knights, Lynn A Bartsch, William B Richardson, Jonathan M Vallazza, Michael T Arts
Differences between main-channel and off-channel food webs in the upper Mississippi River revealed by fatty acid profiles of consumers
Maria Luiza Fontes, Humberto Marotta, Sally MacIntyre, Mauricio Mello Petrucio
Inter- and intra-annual variations of pCO2 and pO2 in a freshwater subtropical coastal lake
Denise Matias Faria, Luciana Souza Cardoso, David Motta Marques
Periphytic diatoms show a longitudinal gradient in a large subtropical shallow lake
David A. Matthews, Steven W. Effler, Anthony R. Prestigiacomo, Susan M. O’Donnell
Trophic state responses of Onondaga Lake, New York to reductions in phopshorus loading from advanced wastewater treatment
Richard Iestyn Woolway, Ian D Jones, Heidrun Feuchtmayr, Stephen C Maberly
A comparison of the diel variability in epilimnetic temperature for five lakes in the English Lake District
Joao Antonio Lorenzzetti, Carlos Alberto Sampaio Araújo, Marcelo Pedroso Curtarelli
Mean diel variability of surface energy fluxes over Manso Reservoir
Gábor Borics, András Abonyi, Gábor Várbíró, Judit Padisák, Enikő T-Krasznai
Lake stratification in the Carpathian basin and its interesting biological consequences
Jean M. Jacoby, Marisa Burghdoff, Gene Williams, Lorraine Read, Joan Hardy
Dominant factors associated with microcystins in nine midlatitude, maritime lakes
World-Renowned Australian Centre for Water Research Closed
The University of Western Australia announced its abrupt decision to close the world-renowned Centre for Water Research, headed by the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, Prof. Jörg Imberger. CWR is, and has always been, on the forefront of international research in sustainability of freshwater resources. The announcement of closing the CWR produced a big shock wave. The loss will be felt throughout the world and the reputation of the University of Western Australia will suffer. To read more about this issue go to:
You are most welcome to post your own support letter at savecwr.blogspot.comOpen
Issue 5(1) of Inland Waters has been published
Shannon D Bower, Robert J Lennox, Steven J Cooke
Is there a role for freshwater protected areas in the conservation of migratory fish? 1-6
Luke Adam Winslow, Jordan S Read et al.
Does lake size matter? Combining morphology and process modeling to examine the contribution of lake classes to population-scale processes 7-14
Lucy Crockford, Phil Jordan et al.
Storm-triggered, increased supply of sediment-derived phosphorus to the epilimnion in a small freshwater lake 15-26
Peter Brinkmann Kristensen, Esben Astrup Kristensen et al.
Riparian forest as a management tool for moderating future thermal conditions of lowland temperate streams 27-38
Anna Visconti, Antonella Cattaneo et al
Do freshwater gastropods avoid the benthic cyanobacterium Lyngbya wollei? 39-48
David P Hamilton, Cayelan C Carey et al.
A Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) for synthesising high-frequency sensor data for validation of deterministic ecological models 49-56
Charles Umbanhowar Jr, Philip Camill et al.
Lake–landscape connections at the forest–tundra transition of northern Manitoba 57-74
Mariana Carolina Teixeira, Mary Pat Budd, David L Strayer
Responses of epiphytic aquatic macroinvertebrates to hypoxia 75-80
Aldoushy Mahdy, Ulrike Scharfenberger et al.
Experimental comparison of periphyton removal by chironomid larvae and Daphnia magna 81-88
Ivan Vedia, Javier Oscoz et al.
An alien ectosymbiotic branchiobdellidan (Annelida: Clitellata) adopting exotic crayfish: a biological co-invasion with unpredictable consequences 89-92
New website launched
On Monday 6 January 2014, Mark J. Wetzel (Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL) and John W. Reynolds (Oligochaetology Lab, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) launched a new website presenting the second edition of Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica:
This web-based Second Edition of Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica [N.O.2]:
- integrates the accounts included in the first volume (Reynolds and Cook, 1976 [N.O.]) with those presented in the three supplements (Reynolds and Cook, 1981 [N.O.S.P.], 1989 [N.O.S.S.], and 1993 [N.O.S.T.]) – together comprising the original N.O. series;
- updates and corrects accounts for the generic, subgeneric, specific, and infra-specific names of oligochaetes (Annelida, oligochaetous Clitellata) as presented in the original series;
- adds accounts for all oligochaete taxa described as new to science since 1993 – including barcode, GenBank, tissue repository, and other pertinent DNA sequencing information;
- expands the Prolegomenon, Gratiarum Actiones, Praefatio, Index Auctorum, Index Auctoritatum, Index Museorum, Glossarium, and References sections of the original series;
- includes translations (into 11 languages) of the Prolegomena and Glossaria of the original series and this second edition;
- presents and expands the Dedicatio sections in the original series, now including biographies and memoria for ‘ancestral’ and contemporary oligochaetologists, and bibliographies of their published scientific contributions;
- provides a forum for Current Perspectives in oligochaete phylogeny, taxonomy, systematics, and nomenclature;
- includes a Using This Nomenclator section, with account examples and instructions for using and navigating this web-based catalogue; and
- includes an annotated list of links to other web-based annelid resources.
The primary advantages of this web-based edition are four-fold: this format allows us to quickly address corrigenda in existing taxon accounts, add account information for newly described taxa as well as for those taxa inadvertently omitted from the original N.O. series, maintain the up-todate status of this nomenclator, and share this resource with all oligochaetologists via this openaccess medium – without cost or other administrative constraints. We encourage the assistance of our colleagues around the World – requesting that they provide us with pertinent information so that we can correct errors and efficiently maintain the accuracy and usefulness of this resource.Open
Call for Nominations
You will probably be aware of the ‘Excellence in Ecology’ series of books that come from the award of a Prize by the Ecology Institute, a Foundation based in Germany. This year the prizes (a senior one and a mid-career one) will be awarded in freshwater ecology. The attached announcement gives the details for nominations. You can find more information on the aims of the foundation and past prizewinners at http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-home/ and http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/eci-prize/
You are invited to send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of April 2015.Open
Interoceanic Canal in Nicaragua
You may have heard on the news that last week the government of Nicaragua has started constructing a new interoceanic canal that will connect the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, to create an alternative to the Panama Canal. Our colleagues from Nicaragua are greatly concerned about the ecological consequences of this canal, and in particular—the likely adverse impacts it will have on Lake Nicaragua—a large, shallow tropical lake that provides drinking water and subsistence to the population around it. More than 100 km of the canal will go right through this lake, meaning that a deep channel will be dug through it and dense traffic of trans-Atlantic ships will travel across it daily.
The scientists of Nicaragua protest that ecological-impact studies must be conducted prior to the initiation of this huge project and have asked for support of the SIL community. Below please find a link to a document they drafted, to be signed by as many limnologists as possible and then sent to the Nicaragua government as a letter from SIL.
So far, 56 people have already signed, including several distinguished names from around the world. If you would like to add your signature to the document—please send your full name, affiliation, and country to Michael Brett (email@example.com) and Alan Covich(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Tamar Zohary
SIL General Secretary-Treasurer