Aquatic Ecology Annual Meeting

Join the Aquatic Ecology SIG for workshops, keynote presentations and lightning talks on the latest marine and freshwater research.

The 2022 BES Aquatic Ecology Group meeting will take place on 12 – 13 September 2022 at St Catherine’s College in Oxford. Online attendance is available on the second day, 13 September.

The meeting promises a fantastic line-up of inspirational keynote speakers working on both freshwater and marine ecosystems. Our speakers will present on recent findings and future priorities and stimulate interesting discussions. We actively encourage students and ECRs to attend and consider presenting a lightning talk, taking part in practical sessions on mapping in R and academic mental health, and networking with their peers.


A final version of the programme will be available soon. You can find key timings here.

Keynote talks

  • Christian Voolstra (University of Konstanz): Coral reefs and climate change – mitigating the ecological collapse
  • Emma Cavan (Imperial College London): Carbon sequestration by pelagic marine life – plankton, krill & fish
  • Tom Hart (Uni of Oxford): Shifts in phenology in penguins from camera monitoring and citizen science
  • Carolina Trochine (Uni Central de Catalunya): Pond ecosystems for resilient landscapes in a changing climate
  • Elena Litchman (Michigan State Uni): Trait-based approaches to phytoplankton ecology and evolution
  • Cristina Santin Nuño (Swansea Uni): Ecological impacts of wildfires under a warming climate


Spatial Analysis in R for Ecologists (Phil Taylor, UKCEH)

This workshop will focus on the use of R as a Geographical Information System (GIS) and will teach you how to get started with spatial data analysis in the RStudio environment. You’ll learn how to import, manipulate and plot different types of spatial data, perform simple spatial analyses and create engaging map outputs. The workshop will have a learn-by-doing approach and will take a look at some common ecological data and spatial techniques. Your own laptop is required, with R 4.0+ and RStudio installed.

Mental health in Academia: finding the right balance for a healthy working life (Karen Devine, BES)

This workshop will provide a safe space in which to discuss mental health. Through a series of presentations and interactive activities, attendees will consider how they are now, what strategies could be adopted to manage mental health, how these can be tailored to the individual, and how to support those around us. There will be opportunities to share experiences and learn from each other, but attendees will be under no pressure to contribute. Please bring a laptop, if possible, so that you can fully participate in the activities.

Lightning talks

If you are an Early Career Researcher and would like to share your research at the meeting, you can submit an abstract to present a lightning talk. The length of your talk should be three minutes, with an additional two minutes reserved for questions.

To present, please send your title and an abstract of a maximum of 150 words to by 12:00 (BST) Monday 29 August 2022. Please include your career stage and the institution you are affiliated with in the message.

ECR award

We will be awarding free attendance to one Early Career Researcher to join the meeting and give a keynote presentation. The ECR award is kindly provided by Global Change Biology, who will also offer dedicated editor support and advice to the winning ECR when submitting a paper to the journal.

To be considered for the award, submit nominations of self or peer (no more than 1 side A4) and a summary CV (1 side A4) to by 12:00 (BST) Monday 29 August 2022.


Registration has been extended to 12:00 (BST) Monday 29 August 2022. Tickets are available to attend either on both days or day 2 only. Virtual tickets are available to day 2.

In-person registration

Days 1 and 2

  • BES student member: £80
  • BES non-student member: £120
  • Non-member student: £120
  • Non-member non-student: £160

Day 2 only

  • BES student member: £45
  • BES non-student member: £65
  • Non-member: £85

Online registration

Day 2 only

  • BES student member: £25
  • BES non-student member: £35
  • Non-member: £50

If you are interested in becoming a BES member to purchase the BES member rate ticket, you can find out more information and join here. Membership starts from £24, or you can get 12-months free membership if you are an undergraduate, masters, or first year PhD student.