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Welcome to the website of the International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM). We hope to fill these pages with items of interest to the ecological modeling community and provide a forum for our ISEM members. If you have an interest in the modeling of ecological processes, please consider becoming a member of ISEM. Membership also entitles you to a discounted subscription to our journal, Ecological Modelling.  


Best Young Researcher Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Best Young Researcher Award for 2016. The awards were presented at the ISEM 2016 International Conference at Towson University, May 8-12, 2016.

1st Prize - Marianna Taffi

  Bioaccumulation modelling and sensitivity analysis for discovering key players in contaminated food webs: The case study of PCBs in the Adriatic Sea (Ecological Modelling 306:205-215)

2nd Prize - Long Jiang

Biophysical modeling assessment of the drivers for plankton dynamics in dreissenid-colonized western Lake Erie (Ecological Modelling 308: 18-33)

 2nd Prize - A. Watkins

A spatially explicit agent-based model of the interactions between jaguar populations and their habitats (Ecological Modelling 306: 268–277)



We are seeking to fill a post-graduate (BS / MS) research position in Ecological Modeling at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Our research will evaluate different alternatives to recover fish species of high conservation concern in the Middle Snake River.  Primary tasks will involve running fish population models for salmon and sturgeon, combining features of different models (coding and testing), and summarizing simulation results. Candidates with strong quantitative skills and experience with programming in C/C++ and R are encouraged to apply. In addition, a background in the following would be helpful: river or fish ecology, statistics, population genetics, Python, high-performance computing, web-based visualization. Opportunities to publish will be available. The position is for one year, with a high likelihood of renewal for a second year.

Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Big South Fork, ORNL has significant scientific, cultural and natural assets. ORNL is located near the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee, located near thriving downtown Knoxville.

Please apply through the ORISE Zintellect system,  id=ORNL15-45-ESD (post-bs) or ORNL15-46-ESD (post-ms), which will require a CV, transcripts, and names for references and send an email to let us know.  We hope to fill the position by the end of the year.

Dr. Henriette (Yetta) Jager,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

See project descriptions at


Research Position: Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling


The Institute is seeking applicants for an Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling position with an interest in working in coastal and deltaic environments and expertise in one of the following areas: primary production including macrophytes and phytoplankton, fish and shellfish dynamics, biogeochemistry.

Interested persons should submit a brief letter describing research experience and interests, a
resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Lyndsey Mitchell
electronically at  or by mail to The Water Institute of the Gulf,
301 N. Main St., Suite 2000, Baton Rouge, LA 79825.



Mathematical Modelling of Ecological Systems:

University of Toronto, Canada.

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist, who has experience in the field of ecological modelling. Research funding is available for (at least) 2 years, starting in September 2015. Work will be based at the Ecological Modelling Lab, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, a promising publication record, and an interest in ecological research. This position involves a multi-tiered research project aiming to develop a microscopic-to-macroscopic modelling strategy that relates organism stress to large-scale ecological patterns. The project employs molecular-level methods (metabolomics and in vivo monitoring of organism stress) to identify novel bioindicators of zooplankton perturbations from external stressors (eutrophication and contaminants). The results of this analytical/experimental work are used to refine both individual-based and ecosystem-level models. The successful applicant will integrate an ecophysiological plankton model with an agent-based platform.

All interested candidates should e-mail their CVs to Dr. George
Arhonditsis (, contact information for 2-3
referees, and a letter of motivation as soon as possible to initiate the
discussion. Knowledge of C++ or Python programming will be advantageous.


Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios

We seek a post-doctoral scientist for the project “Towards an integrated prediction of Land & Sea Responses to global change in the Mediterranean Basin” (LaSeR-Med), which focusses on integrated socio-ecological  modelling. The duration of the contract is initially one year, with a possible extension for a second year, depending on the initial results. The post-doc will be based within the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The project is part of the Labex OT-Med (

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