CEH staff and students presented at two major international science conferences in December. In the now traditional pre-Christmas double header, the AGU Fall Meeting and the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting both took place in the same week.
Ecology Across Borders
This year's BES Annual Meeting was a joint meeting with GfÖ (the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and NecoV (ecological societies of the Dutch-Flemish language region) and is held in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF). Billed as "Ecology Across Borders", it took place at the International Conference Centre in Ghent, Belgium from 11-14 December.
Some 1500 ecologists from around the world are expected to attend for a packed programme of talks, poster sessions, workshops, special interest group events and social activities (including Science Slam, an evening of ecological comedy, creativity and costumes!). Click below to see abstracts from presentations and posters led by CEH scientists and students (in some cases the work was presented by colleagues).
EAB2017 / BES2017 presentations and posters
Tuesday 12 December
Sabine Reinsch presenting on behalf of Bridget Emmett et al: The role of coupled macronutrient cycles for ecosystem service supply at the landscape scale
Anita Weatherby presenting on behalf of Rosemary Hails: Research challenges around Valuing Nature
Abby Wallwork (PhD): Linking functional diversity with soil carbon dynamics in second growth tropical forests (poster)
You are in Gent! Have a chat with Helene Audusseau about bioitic interactions and how they will shape future species assemblages. With exclusive footage of parasitoid in action #EAB2017 - today at 17:15 - Poster N1.3 @CEHScienceNews @ReganEarly @OwenTLewis pic.twitter.com/eCZjJsYYlN— Reto Schmucki (@SchmuckiReto) December 12, 2017
Emily Waddell (PhD): Plant community change and the invasion of fragmented tropical forests (poster)
Fiona Seaton (PhD): Soil water repellency as a strategy for ecosystem resilience (poster)
Sarah Walkington (PhD): Modelling the development of caste-specific gut microbiota in bumblebees (poster)
Matt Greenwell (PhD): Butterfly Genetics Monitoring Scheme: 2020 Pilot Study (poster)
Lisanne van Willegen (PhD): Interaction effects of climate change and land management on the hydrology of dune slack habitat (poster)
Wednesday 13 December
Danny Hooftman (Fellow): Of rabbits and men: drivers of meta-population dynamics of wild cabbage
Jordan Chetcuti (PhD): Landscape connectivity effects on alpha, beta, and gamma diversity (poster)
My poster is now up at M.2.1 #EAB2017— Jordan Chetcuti (@JordanChetcuti) December 13, 2017
Please squeeze into the middle of the row and have a look.
I'm also giving a lightening talk at the end of this afternoon's S40: Population Ecology session in "Bauwenszaal" and I will then take my station next to my poster. Come say high! pic.twitter.com/dplw3pWxwg
Charlie Outhwaite (PhD): It’s not all bad news: A study of UK biodiversity change of over 12,000 species from 34 taxonomic groups (poster)
Susan Jarvis: How much bog is there in Britain? (poster)
Lindsay Banin: Inter-specific and environmental variability in woody functional traits of tropical trees (poster)
Paul George (PhD): Prospecting for pathogens in national soil monitoring programme (poster)
Thursday 14 December
Richard Howells (PhD): Carry over effects of reproduction drive phenology and productivity in an iterperous breeder
Away from the oral and poster sessions, there were a number of special interest group meetings and other activities. On Tuesday, the BES Tropical Ecology Group co-hosted a discussion event on The Art of Science Communication, featuring a contribution from Steve Thackeray discussing some of his science art. The Citizen Science Special Interest Group included a look at wildlife recording apps such as those provided by CEH.
Meanwhile, the AGU Fall Meeting, which is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, took place in New Orleans, Louisiana from 11-15 December. Some 24,000 scientists were expected to attend. See details of CEH contributions below:
AGU17 presentations and posters
Simon Parry was a co-convenor and chair during sessions on Hydroclimatic Extremes: Drought. He is also presenting a poster on Prospects for Groundwater Drought Termination in the UK in 2017-18.
Katie Smith presented an overview from the Historic Droughts team: The hydroclimatology of UK droughts: evidence from newly recovered and reconstructed datasets from the late 19th century to present.
Excellent series of talks yesterday on droughts in UK and @HistDroughtsUK initiative - some interesting work being done on reconstructing and classifying drought events to better understand current and future #AGU17 Looking forward to more awesome science today!— Catherine Champagne (@cathchampagne) December 12, 2017
Katie also presented a poster entitled When to Make Mountains out of Molehills: The Pros and Cons of Simple and Complex Model Calibration Procedures
Come see my poster @theAGU “when to make mountains out of molehills”. Due to a scheduling fail, it’s up twice: today at ED11C-0138 #sciencecommunicaton and tomorrow H23C-1666 #modeluncertainty pic.twitter.com/H3RGTQeVBA— Katie Smith (@katieasmith26) December 11, 2017
How accurate do rainfall forecasts need to be to improve our streamflow predictions? The "Interval of Improvability" can help us answer that question. Want to find out more? Come and see my poster this morning #AGU17 pic.twitter.com/dhOP4F2S7R— Maliko Tanguy (@MalikoTanguy) December 14, 2017
Edward Comyn-Platt: Climate Objectives and Feedback Effects on Future Emissions
Heading to @theAGU meeting next week? Remember, my talk is scheduled on Tuesday 16:15 room 386-387 in @AGUbiogeo session. Slides ready, rehearsing now for tomorrows practice talk. pic.twitter.com/kmegxbng2U— Ashish Malik (@_biogeek) December 7, 2017
Alberto Martinez de la Torre: Evaluation of Dry-Down Processes in Global Models (Hydrological and LSMs) Using Flux Tower Evapotranspiration Data