Siracusa, Italy

Survivor's Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology

when 25 March 2023 - 2 April 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1750

The fifth edition of The Survivors’ Guide to Stable Isotope Ecology sees our great team of lecturers from all over the world come together again to unlock the secrets of stable isotopes for you. Stable isotopes are a powerful and ubiquitous tool in modern ecology. When used correctly, they can unlock the mysteries of food-webs, species interactions, ecophysiology, and migration patterns across the globe. However, incorrect use can result in expensively compiled, useless datasets. This course will give you the skills to maximise the benefit of the use of stable isotopes in your current or future research.

The course will be held on the scenic island of Ortigia, the historic centre of Siracusa in Sicily, Italy. Course instructors include leading experts in the application of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur to marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, in addition to expertise in the growing field of compound specific stable isotope analysis and the analysis of stable isotope data.

Course leader

Prof. Chris Harrod, Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile
Dr. Brian Hayden, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Dr. Alexia Massa-Gallucci, Ocean Breath, Malta
Prof. Seth Newsome, University of New Mexico, USA
Dr. Tamsin O’Connell, University of Cambridge

Target group

The course is tailored to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in ecology and related sciences with some or no experience.

Course aim

Mornings will be dedicated to field-activities, lab-work and data analysis, with lectures in the afternoons, combining to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the use of stable isotopes in ecology through hands-on experience. In-person participants will have time to work on data analysis with the course tutors - and a little time to explore the beautiful island of Ortigia and savour the Mediterranean setting and the local specialties.

Fee info

EUR 1750: Course fee includes:
Transfers between Catania airport and Siracusa on arrival and departure days
Accommodation in B&B for 8 nights/9 days, within walking distance of center, shared rooms*, breakfast included
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Coffee and tea breaks
Field activities
Internet service at the Exedra Mediterranean Center during opening hours and limited printing service
General liability insurance
Certificate of participation
Exedra Mediterranean Center 24-hour support

*Single rooms available on payment of supplement of 30 euros a night for a total of 240 euros for 8 nights

Course fee does not include:
Travel to/from Sicily
Meals with the exception of those listed above
Personal expenses
Internet service outside of Exedra Mediterranean Center opening hours, except as available in accommodation
Passport or visa fees
In-country travel not outlined in Program Schedule


There are a limited number of bursaries of 500 euros for participants without any other funding, awarded on the basis of merit and need.
The bursary will be discounted from the total cost of the course fee.
Applications by 31st December 2022