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28 March 2015

Distinguish Limnologist J. W. G. Lund Dies, Aged 102

John Lund (J. W. G. Lund) died on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at the age of 102. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, 31 March at Ambleside in the Cumbrian Lake District.

A brief account of his life can be found here.

25 March 2015

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.com

19 January 2015

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

19 January 2015

New website launched: Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica – Editio Secunda

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.

6 January 2015

Call for Nominations: ECI and IRPE Prizes

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/

More information is available here (PDF)

You are invited to send nominations to brmoss@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of April 2015.

6 January 2015

SIL Annual Circular 2015 now available.

30 December 2014

Interoceanic Canal in Nicaragua

Dear limnologists,

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.

Limnologists Warn of Impacts of an Interoceanic Canal Across Lake Nicaragua (PDF)

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 (mtbrett@u.washington.edu) and Alan Covich (alanc@uga.edu).

Dr. Tamar Zohary
SIL General Secretary-Treasurer

29 December 2014

New SIL Facebook page


10 December 2014

SILNews #65 has been published

4 November

Volume 4 of Inland Waters (2014, 444 pages) has been published

Table of Contents

It includes 3 plenary lectures from the Congress in Budapest covering topics on morphological analysis of phytoplankton by Luigi Naselli-Flores, impact of climate warming by Martin Dokulil, and the estranged twins – limnology and oceanography by John Downing. The 34 published articles cover a broad range of topics, including nutrient loading, carbon and methane flux, invasive species, radiocesium contamination, paleolimnology, stream invertebrates, hydroacoustic estimates of fish stocks, and numerous others. Nine Articles in 4(3) are publications resulting from the Plankton Ecology Group Workshop in Mexico City (12−18 February 2012); the special editors for that collection were SSS Sarma, Ramesh Gulati and S Nandini. Four Research Briefs were published in 4(4) addressing geoengineering in lakes, biochemical composition of Microcystis, impacts of food quality and quantity on Daphnia life history, and carbon dioxide emissions from dry watercourses. These short submissions are intended to promote communication of emerging issues.

All SIL members now have individual accounts that provide full access to all articles published in Inland Waters. Usernames and passwords were emailed to SIL members on 25 September 2014 from Rosalind Maberly and Karen Rouen of FBA. Tamar Zohary followed with an email to members describing this new system and the benefits of SIL membership, which includes full access to the journal.

The goal of Inland Waters is to foster scientific communication of original work, primarily by SIL members, and especially to provide opportunities for SIL early career scientists to publish. Manuscripts can be submitted any time using the online journal system maintained by the Freshwater Biological Association. Inland Waters is an ‘online first’ journal, publishing papers online consecutively and subsequently in 4 printed issues per year. Inland Waters is listed in Science Citation Index Expanded and Current Contents; all papers from Issue 1 are indexed. The journal contents and citations are tracked by Google Scholar, Scopus, Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts, among others. The current Impact Factor is 1.43, positioning the journal in the top half of aquatic publications. We expect this metric will increase given the interesting material published in Inland Waters.

Jack Jones, jonesj@missouri.edu

David Hamilton, davidh@waikato.ac.nz
Senior Associate Editor

4 November

International SIL Student Competition

The published best paper in limnology coming out as part of a PhD/MSc thesis. The prize will be participation and a plenary talk at the 2016 SIL Congress in Torino, Italy.

3 January

SIL Annual Circular 2014 now available

1 April

SIL Congress Travel Award

7 February

Election of SIL Officers 2013

7 February

SIL Annual Circular 2013 now available

7 February

Transnational Access call to INTERACT Boreal Stations for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 is open 1-28 February

The INTERACT project under EU-FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation. The current TA call is open to Boreal Stations within the INTERACT network, including six stations in Norway, Finland, Russian Federation and Faroe Islands. The sites represent a variety of ecosystems from boreal forests, bogs and other peatlands, wetlands, flood plains and freshwater ecosystems to highlands and fjells, periglacial landscapes and low alpine tundra, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Some key areas of research that fit to the specific stations are mentioned below, but various other kinds of research can also be conducted at all stations:

You can find more information about the stations available in the call by clicking the links above to station descriptions on the INTERACT website. Applications to other INTERACT Stations offering access are not considered eligible in this call, and will be rejected from evaluation.

Transnational Access includes:

  • Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

The call for proposals to the above mentioned stations for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 field seasons is open on the INTERACT website at http://www.eu-interact.org/ on 1-28 February, 2013.

Transnational Access is available to user groups, where the group leader and majority of group members work in an institution established in a EU Member State or Associated State. The maximum amount of access per user group is 90 person-days, including previously granted INTERACT TA. You can find the eligibility rules and application instructions, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

For additional information, visit the INTERACT website at or contact WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela@oulu.fi, or WP4 leader Kirsi Latola, kirsi.latola@oulu.fi.

28 March 2011

Inland Waters, Issue #1 is released

3 August 2010

Inland Waters: Journal of the International Society of Limnology

25 February 2010

Tables of contents for the Proceedings of the 30th Congress (Montréal, Canada)

21 January 2010

SIL Annual Circular 2010 now available

3 February 2009

SIL will host a Symposium on the theme of Global Change and Freshwater Environments, in Nanjing, China, on 24-27 October 2009.

3 February 2009

SIL Annual Circular 2009 now available


The SIL Working Group on Wetlands has planned a session on Impact of invasive aquatic plant species on wetland functions at the EWRS Symposium on Aquatic Weeds, 24-28 August 2009 in Finland, cosponsored by SIL through its working Groups of Aquatic Macrophytes and Wetlands. SIL members are particularly encouraged to contribute to the session and attend the Symposium. See the symposium information under links, meetings on this website.

4 February 2008

New SIL brochure (PDF format)

4 February 2008

SIL Annual Circular 2008 now available

13 September 2007

Letter to Members from SIL General Secretary-Treasurer, Morten Søndergaard (PDF format)

10 September 2007

General Secretary's Report, SIL 30 Congress, Morten Søndergaard (PDF format)

22 July

Proposed SIL Changes

Among the items of business that the International Committee and the General Assembly will consider at the Montreal meeting, the following are most important in they have the most lasting consequences and require some thought and discussion. (Items 1-8 from the agenda.)

  1. The name of the society, presently designated “Societas Internationalis Limnologiae” or “International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology,” will be changed to “International Society of Limnology.” For historical continuity, the acronym “SIL” will be retained. (statutory change)
  2. SIL will no longer require members to pay dues through a National Representative. All members can pay dues directly to the SIL Administrative Assistant. The election of National Representatives will continue, as will the International Committee composed of National Representatives. (statutory change)
  3. SIL will permit the use of electronic ballots for elections. Ballots will be sent to a teller who is not a member of SIL. (statutory change)
  4. The SIL Executive Committee will create an official journal for SIL, to be received by all members of SIL in good standing with respect to dues in any given year. Papers from congresses can be submitted to the SIL journal, but will be published or rejected according to editorial judgment. Papers prepared independently of congresses also will be accepted for consideration.
  5. SIL will cease publication of the Proceedings as of the next Congress. SIL will distribute copies of abstracts for papers that are accepted for presentation at future SIL Congresses. Proceedings of SIL 2007 will be published, but with transition to a journal format. (statutory change)
  6. SIL will increase dues by 10% for the upcoming triennium.
  7. SIL documents will be prepared in English. (statutory change)
  8. SIL will encourage the organization of one non-congress meeting between congresses

22 July

Election Results

Results of the recent election are as follows:

President: Brian Moss
General Secretary-Treasurer: Morten Søndergaard
Editor-in-Chief: Jack Jones
Executive Vice-Presidents: Judit Padisák, Ellen Van Donk
Executive Vice-President from Developing Country: Brij Gopal

Everyone agrees that we have elected a very capable executive board. Our thanks to the Nominating Committee, chaired by Ingemar Ahlgren.

4 December 2006

Election of SIL Officers 2007

20 August 2006

New application form for Tonolli Memorial Award

4 June

Robert G. Wetzel Water Quality Award established,

19 March 2006

Application form for Tonolli Post-Graduate Fellowship in Limnology (PDF format)

19 March 2006

Call for Special Sessions at SIL 2007

19 March 2006

Call for nominations: Ramon Margalef Prize of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

12 January 2006

Final Report of the Futures Committee (PDF format)

3 May

W. Lewis to serve as interim General Secretary and Treasurer

18 April

Robert G. Wetzel dies

New SIL publication:
Limnology in Developing Countries, Volume 4

Presidential Addresses

Gene Likens, Understanding, Using and Protecting Inland Waters of the World, 2007

Gene Likens, Providing Limnological Leadership in Tomorrow's World, 2004

Jack Vallentyne, Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, 1978 (PDF)

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