4th International Summer School on Stable Isotopes in Animal Ecology

When: 14. - 18. September 2020

Where: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW), Germany

Costs: 390€

(includes access to 5 days of lectures and practical course work; also coffee breaks, warm-up BBQ on Monday and free guided tour through Berlin)


Our course is divided into three parts: The introductory part will cover the conceptual and theoretical frame for using stable isotopes in the respective fields. Also, participants will have the opportunity (optional) to present and discuss their own results with the experts and among peers. We have scheduled an ice-breaker BBQ on Monday evening as a warm-up event. The core of the course will see students introduced to the practical steps of stable isotope analysis by familiarizing themselves with stable isotope ratios mass spectrometers (Delta V Advantage) connected to various peripheral instruments such as Flash EA and TC-EA for analysis of C, N and H stable isotopes. Further, we will elaborate on the analysis of non-exchangeable hydrogen in organic matrices and necessary preparatory steps ahead of analyses. The final section of the course is devoted to the statistical analyses of stable isotope ratios. This will cover the use of multivariate statistics, the application of various stable isotope related R-packages (e.g. MixSIAR and SIBER) and introduction to the R-package IsoriX for geographic assignments of animals based on stable isotope ratios.

Tentative list of lecturers (in alphabetical order):

- Yves Cherel (CNRS-La Rochelle Université, France): Stable isotopes in marine ecology

- Alexandre Courtiol (Leibniz-IZW, Germany): Multivariate statistics and use of R-Package IsoriX for spatial assignments of animals based on stable isotope ratios

- Keith Hobson (University of Western Ontario, Canada): General aspects of stable isotope ecology

- Stefania Milano (Leibniz-IZW, Germany): Analytical tools for analyzing stable isotope data (MixSIAR and SIBER)

- Liliane Rueß (Humboldt University, Germany): Stable isotopes in soil ecology

- David Soto (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, U.K.): Stable isotopes in limnology

- John Speakman (University of Aberdeen, U.K.): Stable isotopes in animal physiology

- Ulrich Struck (Leibniz-MFN, Germany): Stable isotopes in paleontology

- Christian Voigt (Leibniz-IZW, Germany): Stable isotope ecology of mammals

- Len Wassenaar (IAEA, Austria): Stable isotopes in hydrology

- Roland Werner (ETH Zürich, Switzerland): Stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes in plants


Please use the following link for registration: https://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/izw_akademie/en/

Registration deadline is August 15th 2020.

Cancellation policy

In case of cancellations, refund of registration fees will be as follows:
- for cancellations made before 15th of August 2020:  100% refund minus 60 Euro handling fee
- for cancellations made after 15th of August 2020:  no refund possible