10th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotopes Techniques to Ecological studies 2016: Japan

Katie St John Glew



At the beginning of April I was extremely fortunate to attend and present at the 10th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotopes to Ecological studies (IsoEcol 2016) in Tokyo, Japan.

IsoEcol is a biannual conference bringing together isotope ecologists from across the globe, studying different ecosystems and using isotopes to answer a magnitude of ecological questions. I gave an oral presentation titled “Marine animal assignment to UK shelf sea isoscapes – validation and implications for conservation and fisheries policy” where I discussed the process of creating isoscapes (maps of isotopes), geolocating different marine animals to their foraging locations within this environment and outlining the implications and current limitations of this method.

This was a really useful opportunity to discuss my research with world experts and receive advice and valuable suggestions on possible developments and improvements, particularly at this early stage if my career.  It was also a fantastic opportunity to gain further contacts for future research both during and following my PhD.

The conference was not all work; we also had the opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery, with an excellent day trip to visit Mount Fuji and the surrounding countryside. I had the chance to taste amazing Japanese food and experience both the traditional culture and modern quirkiness of Japan.

I had a fantastic time and feel I gained a huge amount of knowledge, advice and useful contacts during my time at this conference. I would like to thank the Challenger Society for Marine Science for awarding me a travel grant and allowing me to experience this amazing opportunity.


My name is Katie St. John Glew and I am a second year PhD student at the University of Southampton. My PhD research is on creating UK Shelf Sea isoscapes, which are maps of isotope values, measured in jellyfish collected around the UK. Using these maps I am developing a method to retrospectively geolocate different marine animals to their foraging locations by looking at the differences in isotope values in their body tissues and the baseline isotopic signature in the isoscapes. Throughout the course of my PhD I will be looking at the benefits and limitations of such techniques and the implications for conservation and fisheries policy.

1st time presenting at my 1st international conference – Marine animal assignment to UK shelf sea isoscapes #Isoecol10 Thanks @challengersoc

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