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
Nick Isaac presents on Butterfly abundance is determined by food availability mediated by species traits
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
Rob Griffiths presents on Soil bacterial biogeography: using landscape scale surveys to predict and interpret local effects of land use change
Session: Generation and maintenance of genetic diversity in tropical forests
Stephen Cavers presents on Understanding genetic diversity in tropical tree species
Session: Long-term monitoring in agro-ecosystems
Marc Botham presents on The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: what can long-term monitoring tell us about the state of butterfly populations on farmland?
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
Sarah Burthe presents on Assessing the vulnerability of the marine bird community in the western North Sea to climate change and other anthropogenic impacts
Session: Conservation Ecology Management and Policy
Suzanna Mason has a poster on Change in rate of range expansion under climate change varies across taxonomic groups
Session: Plant-Soil Interactions and Biogeochemistry
Ben Jackson has a poster on Localized N2O emissions associated with actino rhizal nodules of black alder
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
Sabine Reinsch presents on High resolution of soil respiration measurements help model plant vs soil derived components of soil respiration under warmer and dryer conditions
Session: Ecological Implications of Tree Diseases
Lindsay Maskell presents on Tree diseases: Potential landscape changes
Michael Pocock presents on Monitoring to assess the impacts of tree diseases: integrating citizen science with professional monitoring
Session: Agricultural Ecology
Danny Hooftman presents on Enhancing environmental benefits from Agri-Environment schemes: an optimisation tool
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
Helen Roy presents on Celebrating 50 years of the Biological Records Centre
Jodey Peyton presents on Open Farm Sunday Pollinator Survey: Citizen science as a tool for pollinator monitoring?
Session: Invasive Species
Steven White presents on Modelling the spread of Xylella fastidiosa in Puglia, Italy
Session: Climate Change Ecology
Tom Oliver presents on High intensity land use inhibits the ability of communities to track climate warming
Session: Consumer-Resource Interactions
Sara Ball presents on Size matters: body size determines functional response of ground beetle interactions
Session: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Susan Jarvis presents on Species richness-productivity relationships in UK vascular plants
Good luck to all those taking part!
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British Ecological Society 2014 Annual Meeting
The Opera House in Lille, the capital of French Flanders