The annual meeting of the British Ecological Society is a little different in 2014: for the first time, it joins up with the Société Française d’Ecologie for a joint conference.
The idea is to bring together ecologists from the two countries to promote exchange and debates and "strengthen cooperation between the French and British researchers of tomorrow". The meeting takes place at the Grand Palais in Lille, the capital of French Flanders, from 9-12 December 2014.
Scientists and students from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology are represented in a number of sessions, giving presentations and showcasing scientific posters on a range of topics including tree health, citizen science, agricultural ecology and climate change. Detailed information on all the talks and posters is available via the event app, although session and speaker names are outlined in the PDF programme.
You can also follow all the chat on Twitter with #BESSfe.
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Session: Macroecology, Biogeography and Landscape
Louise Barwell has a poster on Predicting species distributions at fine spatial scales
Session: Welcome to the dark side - Opportunities challenges and solutions for synthesizing global soil biodiversity
Session: Generation and maintenance of genetic diversity in tropical forests
Session: Long-term monitoring in agro-ecosystems
Session: Ecological Genetics and Molecular Ecology
Rory O’Connor (Phd student with the University of Leeds and CEH) has a poster on Habitat specialism and population genetics in the Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus) and Chalkhill blue butterflies (Polyommatus coridon): Higher specialism is associated with a more fragmented population structure
Thursday 11 December 2014
Session: Forest ecology
Nick Ostle (CEH Fellow) presents on Don’t mess with the moss! Boreal forest floor carbon cycling
Emma Sayer (Lancaster University) working with Lindsay Banin: Are Dipterocarps Different? The role of seedling traits in growth rates in Bornean tropical forests
Session: Infectious disease ecology and evolution
Susan Withenshaw presents on Experimental manipulation of Bartonella transmission within wild multi-host rodent communities
Session: Plant-pollinator interactions
Session: Marine Ecology and Ecosystems
Session: Conservation Ecology Management and Policy
Session: Plant-Soil Interactions and Biogeochemistry
Session: Food Webs, Networks and Complexity
Callum Macgregor (Phd with the University of Hull and CEH ) has a poster on How does light pollution affect nocturnal pollination interactions?
Friday 12 December 2014
Session: Global Change Ecology
Session: Ecological Implications of Tree Diseases
Session: Agricultural Ecology
Elwyn Sharps (Phd with Bangor University and CEH) presents on Agriculture, nest predation and trampling by livestock: Even light grazing of salt marshes causes high rates of nest mortality in Common Redshank Tringa tetanus
Session: Celebrating Citizen Science
Session: Invasive Species
Session: Climate Change Ecology
Session: Consumer-Resource Interactions
Sara Ball presents on Size matters: body size determines functional response of ground beetle interactions
Session: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Good luck to all those taking part!