Welcome to the Small Mammal Cycles Conference (SMCC) 2024 website !
As many agreed over recent discussions, we are long overdue to meet altogether to talk about population cycles ! Now that we can officially say that Charles Elton's seminal work published in 1924 is 100 years old, the organizing committee thought that it would be a great opportunity to gather as many as we can of those people that have worked and are working on small mammal cycles. We are happy to organize this Small Mammal Cycles Conference here within the walls of the Canadian Museum of Nature (240, Mcleod street, Ottawa (Ontario) Canada). You can visit our Museum's website here: http://www.nature.ca .
The conference starts on the January 31st, 2024 at 9 AM and will end on the 2nd of February at 6 PM (followed by a banquet). Save the dates and make sure you come visit us with your warmest winter coat !
The SMCC 2024 will be a mix of traditional slideshow presentations with plenaries by guest speakers and short talks given by participants, but we will also allocate a significant amount of time to brainstorming sessions so we have time to discuss, debate and generate ideas. Our objective will be to push everyone's creativity to predict what ecologists of the near future (2050?) will witness and what we should do today to help them have the tools to understand what's happening (e.g. how do we keep doing long-term monitoring? Is the effort and costs still worth it?), and to have the right ecological information for management.
(Updated November 6th, 2023)
We will have the chance to have four guest speakers who have greatly contributed to the study of population cycles.
University of Helsinki, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Pathogens as drivers of population cycles - revisiting the disease hypothesis
University of Alberta, Faculty of Science, Biological Sciences
Five snowshoe hare cycles and counting: Some answers and many questions
University of British Columbia, Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics
Rethinking the predator-prey relationship: Multiple predators, seasonality, and the rate of global warming
Laval University, Department of biology
Are lemmings prey or predators? They are prey, indeed
Tentative schedule (Eastern Standard Time; EST)
First day (January 31st, 2024)
- 9:00 - 12:20 : Plenary #1, followed by topical sessions, first set of lightning talks (room: Hatch Salon)
- 13:20 - 16:40 : Plenary #2, followed by topical sessions, second set of lightning talks (room: Hatch Salon)
- 17:00 - 22:00 (in person only) : Poster session and dining cocktail (room: Rotunda)
Second day (February 1st, 2024)
- 9:00 - 12:20 : Plenary #3, followed by topical sessions, third set of lightning talks (room: Hatch Salon)
- 13:20 - 17:00 (in person only) : Brainstorming workshop (General idea: We have a century of literature, so what should we expect and do over the next half-century?) (room: Hatch Salon)
- 16:30 - 18:00 (in person only) : Poster session (room: Rotunda)
Third day (February 2nd, 2024)
- 9:00 - 12:20 : Plenary #4, followed by topical sessions, fourth set of lightning talks (room: Hatch Salon)
- 13:20 - 17:00 (in person only) : Panel discussion, followed by workshop #2 (we'll also do a wrap-up of the conference) (room: Hatch Salon)
- 17:00 - 18:00 (in person only) : Poster session. (room: Rotunda)
- 18:00 - 22:00 (in person only) : Banquet, with some animation ! (room: Hatch Salon)
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners of this event.
Registrations are now open until January 5th, 2024 ! Fees include access to the conference, coffee and snacks, lunches, and food during the dining cocktail of the first evening. We will not offer breakfasts. Diner on the second day of the conference will be on your own and a banquet is planed for the last day. Fees for the banquet will be charged only to those that will confirm their presence for that evening.
A receipt will be sent to you once you have registered. Alternately, we will be happy to offer a certificate of attendance/participation once the conference is finished. Please, let us know if that is your case by writing to email@example.com.
Submissions are now accepted. You have until December 15th, 2023 to submit a presentation. The conference is designed to have a single room for presentations to keep everyone together. We will welcome a limited number of oral presentations and will prioritize presenters who have substantial results from well-advanced projects (i.e. presentations with preliminary results will be given low priority). We are planning for 20-minutes talks, including questions, during the topical sessions. Based on the tentative schedule above, we will host 20 short talks during the conference. We will also hold poster sessions and each presenter will be invited to give a lightning-talk (3 minutes) to invite participants to visit their poster. Smaller projects and those with preliminary results are invited to submit a poster with a lightning talk.
Advice for planning your trip to Ottawa, Canada
For participants travelling by bus, train, or car, traffic near Ottawa is relatively light compared to other large Canadian cities. We strongly recommend travel by VIA rail, and then by taxi for the smoothest travel.
For participants who need to travel by plane: In Ottawa, public transit is not the most efficient when comparing to other large Canadian cities as we still rely mostly on buses. However, it is planed that the brand new train connecting the airport to downtown Ottawa (close to the Museum) should open in November, and thus available in January. We hope you will be able to use the brand new train for the smoothest travel, but in the meantime, we recommend to travel by taxi or by Lyft/Uber once you landed in Ottawa (see options here: https://yow.ca/en/parking-transportation/ground-transportation-options .
For non-American international participants, we do not have a specific airline to suggest, but we strongly suggest that your flight goes directly to Canada (and have stopovers in Canada instead of the United-States) for the smoothest trip. Toronto and Montreal are typical stopovers before flying to Ottawa.
Generally, the earlier you reserve your ticket, the cheaper it will be.
We are still unsure if we will have a deal with a specific hotel to recommend as is sometimes done for conferences. Prices are often better through third-party reservation websites (e.g. Trivago, Expedia) than the deals we get from bulk reservations. Like everywhere else, prices have increased since the pandemic but they are still reasonable in Ottawa. Overall, it is best to reserve early as prices generally increase over time.
Ottawa may be one of the safest among the large cities in Canada. It is a highly multicultural city and people are highly educated. There is substantial 2SLGBTQ+ community resources (https://capitalpride.ca/community-resources/). Some areas of the city may be less safe due to poverty and drug use, but crime levels remain low even in those areas. It is the capital of Canada and demonstrations may happen in the streets near the parliament, which is near the Canadian Museum of Nature. Demonstrations are usually very peaceful.
On behalf of all the team, we can't wait to welcome you in Ottawa!
Dr. Dominique Fauteux, research scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature
Dr. Pierre Legagneux, professor, Université Laval
Dr. Angélique Dupuch, professor, Université du Québec en Outaouais
We are supported by these amazing students and professionals :
Gabriel Bergeron, Ph.D. student, Université Laval
Ariane Bisson, Research professional, Canadian Museum of Nature
David Bolduc, Ph.D. student, Université Laval
Camille Gaudreau-Rousseau, Ph.D. student, Université Laval
Dr. Mathilde Poirier, Post-doc, Université Laval
Stéphanie Tessier, Collections manager, Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature240, McLeod Street Ottawa, ON Canada, K1P6P4
October 30, 2023 - 08:00 until January 5, 2024 - 23:30
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