• Introduction
  • Instructors
  • Program
  • Registration
  • Accommodation
  • Supplementary Information

Course overview and announcement

The registration is closed.

Following the success of the FIRST and SECOND EDITION, we are pleased to open the application period for the third edition of the Stable Isotope Course entitled “STABLE ISOTOPES IN ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES” that will take place between 12th-16th November, 2018, in Estación Biológica de Doñana (Seville) and Reserva Biológica de Doñana (Huelva), in Spain. The objective of this course is to develop a conceptual, quantitative, and thorough understanding of principles of stable isotopes and its application to the study of ecology and environmental sciences. The course will focus on the applications of stable isotopes to ecological and environmental studies including a general introduction to the stable isotope biochemistry and ecology, trophic and spatial applications both in terrestrial and aquatic systems.


This course is targeted to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in learning more about the ecological and environmental applications of stable isotopes. Applicants should justify the interest in the stable isotope ecology approach. We seek students and researchers with broad interests who are willing to learn broadly about stable isotope applications. We look forward to receive applications from people with backgrounds in disciplines including animal and plant physiology, ecology and ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, anthropology, atmospheric science, marine science, oceanography, paleontology, forensic science, industry and geology.



These courses are organized by the Laboratorio de Isótopos Estables of the Estación Biológica de doñana (LIE-EBD, CSIC).


Ediciones anteriores: (LINK)


Sponsored by:




logo Thermo


Organising committee

Manuela G. Forero (Chair) Researcher at the EBD-CSIC

Sarai López García, Technician at LIE, EBD-CSIC

Ricardo Álvarez Alonso, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Giulia Crema, Secretary of the course, EBD-CSIC


Albert Soler i Gil

Grup Mineralogia Aplicada i Medi Ambient

SGR Mineralogia Aplicada i Geoquímica de Fluids

Dept. Mineralogia, Petrologia i Geologia Aplicada

Facultat de Ciénces de la Terra

Universitat de Barcelona

C/ Marti i Franques s/n

Barcelona, Spain



Antoni Rosell-Mellél

ICTA-UAB (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology)

Edifici Z-Carrer de les Columnes

Campus de la UAB-08193 Bellaterra


email: Antoni.rosell@uab.cat


David Soto

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

KU Leuven

Celestijnenlaan 200E

3001 Leuven, Bélgica

email: david.soto@kuleuven.be


Antonio Delgado Huertas

Laboratorio de Biogeoquímica de Isótopos Estables

Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra IACT (CSIC-UGR)

Avda. de las Palmeras, 4 18100 Armilla, Granada, Spain

email: antonio.delgado@csic.es


Francisco Ramírez Benitez

Department de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciénces Ambientals

Universitat de Barcelona

Avenida Diagonal 643, 08028, Barcelona, Spain.

email: ramirez@ub.edu


Joan Giménez Verdugo

Departamento de Biología de la Conservación

Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)

Avenida de Américo Vespucio, 26

41092 Sevilla, Spain

email: gimenez.verdugo@ebd.csic.es


Manuela G. Forero

Departamento de Biología de la Conservación

Responsable Científico del LIE

Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)

Avenida de Américo Vespucio, 26

41092 Sevilla, Spain

email: gforero@ebd.csic.es


Sarai López García

Laboratorio de Isótopos Estables (LIE-EBD, CSIC)


Estación Biológica de Doñana, (EBD-CSIC)

Avenida de Américo Vespucio, 26

41092 Sevilla, Spain

e-mail: sarailopez@ebd.csic.es


Ricardo Alvarez Alonso

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Sale representative

email: ricardo.alvarez@thermofisher.com








































The program include theory classes and practice sessions both in Estación Biológica de Doñana (Sevilla) and Reserva Biológica de Doñana (Huelva). Social activities and events are also included.


You can download the full program here: pdf



Required tools and software:


Laptop with ArcGis and R sofware.



Social events:


Cocktail in Seville downtown Monday 13th night tapasand dinner in Matalascañason Wednesday 14thtapas (both activities not included in the course fees)







As indicated in the Application form, applicants should provide an expression of interest (max 150 words) and a short background in stable isotopes analyses and their applications in ecological and environmental studies, and related publications (max 200 words).


The number of participants is limited. Applications will be prioritized by order of reception and Organizing Committee may accept or reject the applications without debate. Once admission has been notified, participants will have 15 working days to make the payment via bank transfer and send proof of payment. Bank details will be provided by the person of contact after admission. The definitive list of assistants be available starting September 15th.


Fees: 270€


Included in the registration fees is the accomodation during the days in the Reserva Biológica de Doñana (accomodation during the first day of course on Monday 12th in Seville is not included in the fees) and food regime indicated in the program, breasfast, lunch, morning and evening tea and coffee and dinner, except the day it is planned to go for dinner to Matalascañas. Information on accomodation facilites could be find here


Transfer from Seville to Doñana and back is also included in the course fees.


Extra activities not included in the course fees are the tapas in the downtown in Seville, the dinner in Matalascañas and lunch in the way bak to Seville on Friday 16th.


Please, for registration fill the application form: and send to Giulia Crema (giulia@ebd.csic.es)








The course will be held at the Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC: c/ Americo Vespucio, 26, 41092, Isla de la Cartuja, Sevilla; España.

and the Reserva Biológica de Doñana: Carretera de Matalascañas s/n 21760. Matalascañas. Huelva (Spain).




Below you will find a short list of accommodations in Seville. No agreements have been taken with hotels; reservation can be done through the hotel’s website or web booking services.


Closer (walking distance):


Hotel Exe Isla Cartuja


Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento











You can find information about how to get to Sevilla by plain and train (here)


During our stay at  Doñana Biological Reserve we will have a range of facilities including housing in four different houses that have a total of 30 slots available. Each house counts with two-or three bedrooms, fully stocked kitchens, and a common room. The food during our stay there will be ordered from a catgering service and personal in the RBD will collect it at the RBD shortly before lunch time. Wi-Fi connectivity will be available at all facilities and across the whole reserve. For additional information Reserve's facilities please read carefully our rules of use. In that link you can also find information on the closest village to RBD, Matlascañas, health facilities, restaurants, supermarkets, etc. Any tramitation for reservation for the use of the RBD facilities during the course will be done by the organising committee.


Giulia Crema

Tlno. +34 95 4466700 ext. 1070

e-mail: giulia@ebd.csic.es



Course readings:




Blackwell West, J.B., Bowen, G.J., Dawson, T.E., Tu, K.P. 2010. Isoscapes. Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping. Springer

Clark, I. & Fritz, P. 1997. Environmental Isotopes in Hydrogeology. CRS Press

Dawson, T.E. & Siegwolf, R.T.W. 2007. Stable isotopes as indicators of Ecological Change. Academic Press

Hobson, K.A. & Wassenaar, L.I. 2008. Tracking animal migration with stable isotopes. Academic Press

Fry, B. 2006. Stable Isotope Ecology. Springer

Michener, R. & Lajtha K. 2005. Stable Isotopes in Ecolgoy and Environmental Science.


Journal papers:

Boecklen, W.J., Yarnes, C.T., Cook, B.A., James, A.C. 2011. On the use of stable Isotopes in Trophic Ecology. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics Vol. 42: 411-440


Parnell, A.C., Phillips, D.L., Bearhop, S., Semmens, B.X., Ward, E.J., Moore, J.W., Jackson, A.L., Grey, J., Kelly, D.J., Inger, R., et al (2013). Bayesian stable isotope mixing models. Environmetrics, 24(6), 387-399.


Parnell, A.C., Inger R., Bearhop, S. & Jackson, A.L. 2010. Source partioning using stable isotopes: coping with too much variation. PLoS ONE, 5(3), e9672 . doi


Semmens, B.X., Ward, E.J., Parnell, A.C., Phillips, D.L., Bearhop, S., Inger, R., Jackson, A., Moore, J.W. (2013). Statistical basis and outputs of stable isotope mixing models: Comment on Fry (2013). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 490, 285-289.


Related web pages:


LIMS for Light Stable Isotopes







Data Analysis Methods and Models for Stable Isotopes



Stable Isotope Network



Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights (CIAAW)



IAEA (Reference products for environment and trade)



Isotopic Reference Materials USGS