Microbial Ecology

Forum uniting people who study and work in microbial ecology


Secretary: Rachael Antwis
Co-secretary: Xavier Harrison
Events Representative: Sarah Griffiths
Social media: Twitter @BES_Microbial



The field of microbial ecology spans many disciplines and research areas, and plays a crucial role in shaping our world. Microorganisms are increasingly being recognised as key mediators of ecological processes at all levels of organisation, influencing the health and fitness of individuals as well as driving the stability of ecosystems, and as such is one of the fastest growing fields of ecology.

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  • Guide the synthesis of research investigating the role of microbes in organismal and ecosystem function, achieved through regular meetings and workshops.
  • Disseminate the importance of microbial ecology to a wider audience via public engagement events.
  • Engage with researchers working in the field of microbial ecology via a monthly blog written by guest contributors and an online discussion forum.


Meetings and Events

Microbial Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, June 2016

Registration is now open!

Dates: 22nd and 23rd June 2016
Location: Media City University of Salford, Salford
Cost: Free to all BES members



Co-secretary: Dr. Rachael Antwis, Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation, University of Salford
Co-secretary: Dr. Xavier Harrison, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
Deputy secretary and Committee Advisor: Dr. Kayla King, Associate Professor in Parasite Biology, University of Oxford
Events Rep: Sarah Griffiths, PhD Candidate, University of Manchester
Communications Rep: Nim Kibbler, Undergraduate Student, Scotland’s Rural College
Student Rep: Chloé Orland, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge
Student Rep: Andrew Devaynes, PhD Candidate, Edge Hill University
Early Careers Rep: Dr. Kristian Forbes, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki