"My BES POST fellowship was a wonderful experience and a great introduction to science policy"

Fay Collier BES POST fellowship recipient



Secretary: Rich Grenyer


To provide a UK forum to unite researchers who work in, or who are influenced by, macroecology within which we hope to:

  • help set the agenda for macroecology
  • support early-career researchers
  • promote data access and standards
  • facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • showcase methodological advances

Welcome to the new Macroecology Special Interest Group!

We recently held a one-day meeting exploring the links between palaeontology and macroecology. With an emphasis on discussion and networking opportunities, we facilitated new collaborations between palaeo- and neontological macroecologists, and determined the strengths and limitations of integrating concepts, questions and data across timescales. Please see our blog here.

Current / Future Meetings

 July 7 – 8
Annual Meeting
Location: The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College – University of Oxford. Turl Street. Oxford OX1 3DW GB

BES Macro 2016 is the annual meeting of the BES Macroecology (and macroevolution) SIG. We hope you’ll join us for two days of macro-fun! Details of the conference can be found below, or feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions.

Registration is now open!
The deadline for registration is 30th April 2016. We will contact attendees after this to confirm talk slots etc.

Tim Blackburn (UCL) – What has macroecology ever done for us?
Regan Early (University of Exeter) – Climate change biodviersity forecasts are wrong. How can we make them less wrong?
Alex Pigot (University of Groningen) – phylogenetic community assembly.
Derek Tittensor (UNEP-WCMC) – niche-neutral-metabolic models (tbc).
Amy Zanne (George Washington University) – plant macroevolution and macroecology.

Plus one more keynote tbc.

The Annual Shai Meiri Rant (Shai Meiri, University of Tel Aviv)
Practical steps to make your research more reproducible (Natalie Cooper, Natural History Museum)
Student keynote speaker (*to be selected from student attendees*)
Discussions on controversial topics in macroecology
Networking bingo

And of course the usual talks, posters and socialising.

Note that this year we have gone for a slightly different format, so instead of two long keynote addresses, there will be six shorter talks on a range of different topics designed to showcase the diversity of interests in our SIG.

Accommodation in Oxford can be quite expensive, even within the Colleges, and College accommodation is limited. We recommend you book as soon as possible. 

We have reserved 25 rooms at Jesus College that will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. These are £125 for 2 nights (plus booking fee). These rooms can be booked through this page (you need to buy a ticket for registration and a ticket for the accommodation). Once these are gone you can book to stay in College rooms here but note that there are a limited number available for those dates.

There are also a number of Youth Hostels (e.g. YHA Oxford, Oxford Backpackers, and Central Backpackers), AirBnB apartments and rooms, and bookings.com is usually a good place to look for hotels. If anyone is interested in room/apartment sharing feel free to organise this via our Facebook page or Twitter.

We will have slots for talks and space for posters at the meeting. Talks will be 5 minutes long. There may not be enough talk slots for everyone, so priority will be given to early career researchers. Please include a rough title when you register so we have an idea of the balance of topics (you can change it later). Students will also be given the option to put themselves forward for the student plenary talk (20 minutes). Further details of this will be sent to people who apply. We highly recommend putting yourself forward, it’s fun and a great thing to put on your CV.

To cut costs we have not organised an official conference dinner this year. Instead we will book tables at a local pub for anyone who wants to come along on Thursday night. We will be providing lunch, coffee/tea etc. at the conference.


If anyone who wants to stay on Friday night to spend the day exploring Saturday, we can provide details of companies that rent punts. Again feel free to use our Facebook and Twitter pages to find punting companions! We will probably also book a table in a pub for anyone who wants to continue networking on Friday evening after the meeting ends.

Joint meeting Aquatic Macroecology
Friday 30 September 2016

The main focus of this meeting is to foster the integration of macroecological approaches into the study of aquatic ecosystems. Most predictions about how aquatic systems respond to environmental change require a deep understanding of patterns and processes at different scales. A great deal of what is known about the key processes operating in aquatic systems arises from small-scale empirical and/or experimental studies. The growing interest in integrating macroecological approaches to advance our knowledge about aquatic systems makes this an emerging and exciting topic. We anticipate that the meeting will attract ecologists covering a range of different approaches from mesocosms experiments to large-scale surveys of aquatic biodiversity.

The meeting will be a jointly organized by the Aquatic Ecology (BESAG) and Macroecology
(BESMacro) Special Interest groups of the British Ecological Society (BES), with additional support from the Marine Ecosystems Research Programme. #AquaticMacro2016

Registration details coming soon.


BES Macroecology SIG Early Career Researchers Workshop
Location: Charles Darwin House, London, England

Complexity in Macroecology
Location: SOGE, Oxford


To join, simply send an email to LISTSERV@JISCMAIL.AC.UK with a blank subject header and the following text:
Once you’re a member, please join discussion about the group’s direction via macro@britishecologicalsociety.org

Facebook group now live at “BES Macroecology SIG”

Follow us on Twitter @BESMacroecol

Communications Officer: Tom Webb

Committee Members: Rob Freckleton, Sally Keith, Ally Phillimore

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