As climate changes, species – including humans – are on the move! Notes from Species on the Move conference

Susana Clusella-Trullas
Susana Clusella-Trullas

Dr. Susana Clusella-Trullas is an Associate Professor of Physiological Ecology in the Department of Botany and Zoology and core team member of the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University. Dr. Clusella-Trullas describes for us her experience at the “Species on the Move” conference in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Resolving the conflict between conferences and care duties

Conference season is about to start again. For many this is a chance to present latest research results, connect with peers, and establish new contacts and networks. But what if you’re time-poor? What if you have care duties, or, for other reasons, cannot travel far away or for long periods of time? The goal of this blog post is to give tips and a moral … Continue reading Resolving the conflict between conferences and care duties

ESA 2018: A biogeochemist’s first ESA

by Avni Malhotra

MalhotraI am not sure why, but until this year, I had not attended the Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting. I suspect that some subconscious sense of loyalty to the American Geophysical Union was at play. In any case, excited by my passion for ecology and love of New Orleans, I headed to the 2018 ESA meeting. As soon as I entered the conference center, I noticed a high incidence of plant- and fungi-based tattoo art- I knew I was among friends!

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The 27th International Ornithological Congress (August 19-26, 2018)

The 27th International Ornithological Congress (August 19-26, 2018)

sandercock_smallBrett K. Sandercock reports on the functional ecology of birds from the 2018 congress held in Vancouver, Canada. Brett was also the keynote speaker at a  symposium on grassland birds organised by the British Ornithological Union.

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A personal view on EAB from Bjorn Robroek

From 11 to 14 December 2017, the British Ecological Society, the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ), NecoV (the ecological society of the Netherlands and Flanders) and the European Ecological Federation organized a ‘border-crossing event’ in the historic city of Ghent, Belgium. A full-house, with over 1500 delegates from across the globe delivering about 600 presentations spread over 72 parallel sessions. Ecology Across Borders was a 72-hour period of fantastic science, meeting old friend, making new ones; all in the setting of wonderful and picturesque Ghent.

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International peatland workshop: Carbon Cycling in Boreal Peatlands and Climate Change II – Hyytiälä revisited

by Bjorn Robroek

25 years ago, from September 28 to October 1st 1992, about 50 peatland scientists got together in the Hyytiälä Forestry Station in Southern Finland to discuss the latest knowledge on carbon cycling in peatlands. 25 years later, on September 25 to September 28, 2017, a group of over 80 peatland scientists – including some of the 1992 participants: Harri Vasander, Nigel Roulet, Dicky Clymo, Line Rochefort, et al.­–  travelled (back) to Hyytiälä with a similar set of aims. The conference not only looked back at the first peatland meeting in Hyytiälä 25 years ago, but also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Finland.

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