Bawan Amin in the field with a telescope tracked on fallow deer

Bawan Amin: individual personality is evident from just a few weeks old

Bawan Amin, son of Kurdish freedom fighters talks about his latest publication in Functional Ecology “In utero accumulated steroids predict neonate anti-predator response in a wild mammal” as well the importance of asylum, family, and being able to pursue your passions. At the time of writing, I am about to start the final year of his PhD-research at University College Dublin, Ireland. Supervised by Dr. … Continue reading Bawan Amin: individual personality is evident from just a few weeks old

Rainbow Research: Contribute to our Pride Month Blog Series!

Originally posted on Methods Blog:
We are inviting contributions from LGBTQ+ ecologists and evolutionary biologists for a series of blog posts across the British Ecological Society journals for UK Pride Month, which takes place in June. The series, called Rainbow Research, aims to promote visibility and inclusion of researchers from the LGBTQ+ community with posts promoting them and their research. Each post will be connected to… Continue reading Rainbow Research: Contribute to our Pride Month Blog Series!

International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

Originally posted on The Applied Ecologist:
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

Festival of Ecology – Functional Ecology On Demand Playlist

Attending Festival of Ecology from a different timezone? Have a busy week? Never fear! There are hundreds of on demand talks, posters and activities you can get involved with. Here’s our pick from our own talented team of editor. Put the kettle on and tune in when you’re ready. Talks Effects of temperature on mating behaviour and mating success: a meta-analysis – Natalie Pilakouta Immediate … Continue reading Festival of Ecology – Functional Ecology On Demand Playlist

Nacho Villar in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Nacho Villar: the challenges of experimentally resolving the functional roles of large tropical forest herbivores

Nacho Villar, a post-doc at the Netherlands Institute of ecology, remembers the good times he had at Brazil, the challenges of running an animal exclusion experiment in the Brazilian Atlantic forest and how persistence, hard work and a little of cachaza are the key for a successful research. Frugivory underpins the nitrogen cycle. That’s what our latest work published at Functional Ecology shows. A game-changer for tropical … Continue reading Nacho Villar: the challenges of experimentally resolving the functional roles of large tropical forest herbivores

Jackson Creek, one of the 11 streams I study in south-central Ontario, Canada. © Bianca Nucaro-Viteri from 705 Creative

Sandra Klemet-N’Guessan: Am I a Black ecologist?

Jackson Creek, one of the 11 streams I study in south-central Ontario, Canada. © Bianca Nucaro-Viteri from 705 Creative
Jackson Creek, one of the 11 streams I study in south-central Ontario, Canada. © Bianca Nucaro-Viteri from 705 Creative

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. This post is from Sandra Klemet-N’Guessan, (@SandraKlemet) a PhD candidate in the Xenopoulos lab, Trent University, Canada, where she studies the role that aquatic animals play in the cycling of nutrients in lakes and streams.

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This photo was taken on a field trip I took with Dr. Kristin Winchell in the Dominican Republic at the Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso.

Jhan Salazar: Journeys of an Afro-Colombian Ecologist

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. This post is from Jhan Salazar, a PhD student at Washington University.

Hi, I’m Jhan! I’m an Afro-Colombian ecologist, and I’m a PhD student in Jonathan Losos’ Lab at Washington University in St Louis. My research is focused on exploring the effect that temperature and climate have on the ecology and evolution of tropical lizards. I was born in Puerto Tejada, Cauca (Colombia), and unlike many of my peers, the story of why I became an ecologist and evolutionary biologist started long before I went to university or even to school. When I was five years old, I went to the most beautiful place I have ever been: my parents and grandparents’ hometown. In this small town called Boca de Patía, which is also in the Cauca region, I saw for the first time a forest – a tropical rainforest – and met many of its unique inhabitants: snakes, poison dart frogs, and many other fantastic animals and plants. After being there I started watching as many nature documentaries as I could, which made me wonder why none of the scientists on these documentaries looked like me. 

This photo was taken on a field trip I took with Dr. Kristin Winchell in the Dominican Republic at the Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso.
This photo was taken on a field trip I took with Dr. Kristin Winchell in the Dominican Republic at the Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso.
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