Ecological Resilience Webinar

Join the British Ecological Society for a webinar on ecological resilience! This online meeting complements a new Special Feature being published in Journal of Animal Ecology, Functional Ecology and Journal of Ecology: Reconciling resilience across ecological systems, species and subdisciplines.

This online meeting will showcase the latest cutting-edge research on the topic of ecological resilience and is being chaired by Pol Capdevila, Rob Salguero-Gómez and Iain Stott. We will hear from four guest speakers (detailed below) whose research will be published as part of the Resilience Special Feature. There will also be an opportunity to ask the panel your questions.

Resilience has emerged as a key concept in ecology and conservation biology to understand and predict ecosystem responses to global change. In its broadest sense, resilience describes the ability of an ecosystem to resist, and recover from, a disturbance. However, the application of such a concept in different sub-disciplines of ecology and in different study systems has resulted in a wide disparity of definitions and ways of quantifying ecological resilience. This webinar and the related Special Feature will provide an overview of how ecologists define, quantify, compare and predict resilience across different study systems.

An eagerness to break taxonomic frontiers within resilience research and integrate across ecological sub-disciplines motivates the Special Feature and this webinar will showcase the exciting work being carried out in this field.


Davide De Battisti

I am particularly fascinated by coastal ecosystems and I have thus decided to focus my research on the mechanisms that maintain the functions and services of these amazing systems. My research focuses particularly on salt marshes and sand dunes, aiming at unravelling how plant functional traits mediate the effect that changes in environmental factors have on key ecosystem functions/services, such as coastal protection and carbon storage. In turn, understanding the environment-traits-ecosystem functioning relationship will allows us to improve our knowledge of resilience in coastal ecosystems.

Kate Pereira Maia

I am an ecologist interested in understanding the drivers of community structure through the use of ecological networks and the consequences of this structure for ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I am currently a post-doc at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where my research focuses on combinations of different structural patterns, on structural transitions and on coevolutionary dynamics. I am particularly interested in applying these theoretical tools to address applied ecological questions. For instance, during my PhD at the University of Bristol, I investigated how the natural history of interspecific interactions affects the structural resilience of different plant-insect networks.

Lucas Medeiros

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) advised by Prof. Serguei Saavedra. I’m originally from Brazil where I obtained a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of São Paulo (USP) as well as a M.S. in Ecology from USP advised by Prof. Paulo Guimarães. My current research focuses on improving our understanding and measurement of how ecological communities and their constituent species respond to different types of perturbations. To this end, I develop theoretical approaches using population dynamics models and nonlinear time series analysis and apply these approaches to probe the resilience of different empirical communities.

Maria Paniw

I am a research fellow at Doñana Biological Station (Spain). My research focuses on how intrinsic (density) and extrinsic (environment) factors, biotic interactions, and individual traits (size or mass) interact to determine population structure and dynamics. Working with long-term data on animal and plant populations, I am particularly interested in how population projections under global change can be improved by accounting for species interactions. This has inspired me to better integrate population and community ecology, and I developing multi-species seasonal population models to better understand global-change drivers of community dynamics.


The webinar will be hosted on Zoom on Wednesday 29 September 2021, 16:00-17:15 (BST).

Tickets for this event are FREE for BES members and £5.00 for non-members.

Whether you are a member or not, you will need to register for this event using the link below. The deadline for registration is 11:00 (BST) on 29 September. 

Register here


The British Ecological Society is a scientific society for all those interested in ecology. Our vision is to advance ecology and make it count. We achieve this by developing ecological science and scientists; improving the quality of education and capacity building; promoting the use of ecological science and building collaborative partnerships. Proceeds from this event will contribute towards these aims.

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