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A Word from the Academy President
Un mot du Président de l'Académie
Spring 2016
Printemps 2016
In this issue of the Newsletter I would like to start a new theme, to highlight the work of some of the Society's major award winners. Election to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada is itself a mark of distinguished achievement, but many Fellows go on to win major national or international awards that recognize the stature of their work on an even larger stage. Read the Message from the Editor

Dans ce numéro du bulletin d'information, je souhaite introduire un nouveau thème mettant en évidence les travaux de certains des lauréats des distinctions de la Société. Être élu membre de la Société royale du Canada est en soi une reconnaissance de réalisations exceptionnelles. Toutefois, de nombreux membres reçoivent par la suite de grands prix internationaux et nationaux visant à reconnaître la stature de leurs travaux de façon plus large. Lire le message de l'éditeur
Featured Articles
Articles en vedette
The Annual Symposium, under the auspices of the Academy of Science, struck a theme wholly concordant with the environmental and intellectual setting of the Royal Society of Canada's 2015 Annual Meeting. From its vantage on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria and its environs encompass many of the characteristics of British Columbia's stunning coastal landscape, estimated to be the most biologically diverse area of a remarkably diverse province. But, as with most things in life, the most readily visible elements of coastal ecosystems are not always the most interesting, dynamic, or impressive. At varying depths beneath the surface waters lies a plethora of marine life, including sponges, corals, kelp, crustacea, plankton, fish, and marine mammals, not to mention the unusual life associated with deep-water features such as hydrothermal vents and subsea volcanoes. Read more
Brian Jones, University of Alberta
My research has focused largely on (1) young successions of carbonate rocks, and (2) hot spring deposits.  My interest in carbonate rocks started as an undergraduate at Liverpool University where Dr. Robin Bathurst, a pioneer of carbonate sedimentology, mentored me.  For my Ph.D., Dr. Owen Dixon (Ottawa University) gave me the opportunity to study the Silurian carbonate successions on Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic.  Subsequent opportunities allowed me to work on carbonate successions of all ages throughout the world.  Given that such studies are rooted on an understanding of modern carbonates, I have, for the last 30 years, focused attention on the analysis of young (< 30 million years old) carbonates found on the Cayman Islands.  Involving numerous graduate students, this multifaceted research has been based on fieldwork, collection of samples, and many different types of laboratory analyses.  The scale ranges from microscopic analysis of individual crystals to island scale modeling of various geological processes.  Read more
The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) has, in recent years, emerged from a period of introspection and rebirth. How can its activities become known to Canadian life scientists and how can Canadian life scientists find common ground and collaborate with IUBS?

The IUBS was established in 1919 as the major organization representing unified biology globally.  It is now, since 2013, the coordinating organization within the biological sciences cluster (of 12 other international unions) of the International Council of Science (ICSU).  Stenseth has been entrusted as the coordinator until March, 2016. Read more

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