CIEE accelerates scientific progress through programs that synthesize current knowledge and develop our future leaders.

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The Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution / Institut canadien d’écologie et d’évolution (CIEE / ICEE) is a consortium of Canadian universities with the mission of expanding and accelerating scientific discovery on the natural environment and its contributions to our national well being.

During the last few years, CIEE has made substantial advances to become a leading promoter and facilitator of synthesis research in Canada.  Since its creation in 2008, CIEE supported nine thematic working groups, five in the last two years, which together assembled 114 top scientists to address some of the most vexing problems at the nexus of ecology and evolution.  Our training programs are equally essential components in the CIEE growth, and included fifteen workshops and short courses in the last four years which involved more than 450 graduate students and academics.



We are pleased to announce that three new Working Groups have been selected for funding in 2016 by CIEE, including:

i.          Canadian protected areas in a changing climate: A cross-ecosystem approach to designing effective networks of protected areas, presented by Dr. Cassidy C. D’Aloia (University of Toronto), Dr. Ilona R. Naujokaitis-Lewis (Environment Canada, National Wildlife Research Centre, Carleton University) and Prof. Marie-Josée Fortin (University of Toronto).  This working group is bringing together 11 professionals from 8 Canadian Institutions including U. of Toronto, UBC, McGill Univ., Memorial Univ., Université du Québec, Environment Canada, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

ii.         Genomic data in ecology, evolution and conservation: the impacts of missing data in genotyping-by-sequencing datasets, presented by Jean-Sébastien Moore (Université Laval) , Anne-Laure Ferchaud (Université Laval) and others. This working group will meet 20 participants from 14 Institutions including Université Laval (QC), McGill Univ. (QC), UBC (BC), University of Calgary (AB), Univ. of Regina (SK), Univ. of Manitoba (MB), Queen’s Univ. (ON), Univ. of New Brunswick (NB),  Dalhousie Univ. (NS), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (St-John’s, NF),  Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Washington (Seattle, US), NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Seattle, US), and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (Santa Cruz, US).

iii.        Diversity and structure of coastal eelgrass communities along environmental and human disturbance gradients, presented by Dr. Julia K. Baum and Dr. Josephine C. Iacarella (University of Victoria). This working group is bringing together 19 researches from 11 Canadian Institutions including Univ. of Victoria, UBC, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO),  Hakai Institute, Seagrass Conservation Working Group, Precision Identification Biological Consultants, Project Watershed Society, Skeena Fisheries Commission, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Gulf Islands National Park, and Pacific Rim National Park.


We had a remarkable response to this Call for Proposals and received 17 competitive applications from across the entire country. The quality of most applications was exceptional, but unfortunately requests for funding exceeded available resources, so several well-regarded proposals could not be supported.  By joining CIEE, your institution helps support this exceptional work!

Details on the Grants' Selection Process here  




The CIEE will grow as it adds partners from coast to coast. CIEE achieves its mission principally through funding from, and co-operation among, a consortium of Canadian institutions. Each member university pays annual membership fees assessed on a sliding scale according to their NSERC Discovery Grant program funding in ecology and evolution.  No overhead is charged, so all of the funding obtained from member organizations is used for direct support of CIEE scientific programs, whereas in-kind contributions help maintain staff and synthesis facilities.  As a result, the more members we have, the more activities we can support.
To increase our membership, we are seeking CIEE members’ at all Canadian universities to act as representatives and liaisons to their local administration. Through its membership, your institution will: 1) facilitate access to CIEE’s scientific programs for your faculty and highly qualified personnel, 2) gain a seat on the management board that sets the mandate and direction of the CIEE, and 3) play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ecology and evolution in Canada.  We are always looking for new representatives, so please, do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.



One of the major initiatives of the CIEE during the last year has been the establishment of a College of Representatives to better develop membership and represent our Institute across the country. We currently have representatives in tthirty one Canadian institutions. These individuals or small groups are responsible to promote the goals and activities of CIEE to local faculty and administrators.
If you recognize the importance of having a national centre for synthesis in ecology and evolution, and are interested in acting as the formal CIEE representative to your Institute, please let us know and we would be delighted to provide you with more information.