Ecology Live

Join us every Thursday for our free online seminar series, Ecology Live!

Ecology Live: A new series of online seminars

The British Ecological Society is broadcasting free online talks on the latest ecological research during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Join us for online seminars from a top ecologist every Thursday at 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET / 22:00 SGT.

The next talk in the series will be given by Juliet Vickery of the RSPB, who’ll be giving examples of the organisation’s approach for using science to conserve threatened species and sites around the world.

Ecology Live allows scientists to remain connected to new ideas and discoveries while working from home. The talks are aimed at anyone with an interest in the latest research in ecology and its applications, from undergraduates to working ecologists and research leaders.

The talks take place on Zoom. You need to register and use the Zoom app or desktop client to join the talk, and accept their terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Or you can catch up later on our Youtube channel.

Register here

Scheduled talks

  • Thu 11 Jun Juliet Vickery, RSPB
    Using science to conserve species and sites around the world
    RSPB’s international research works to underpin the conservation of threatened species and sites around the world. I will illustrate our approach using a range of projects from vultures in southeast Asia to seabirds in the south Atlantic and tropical forests in west Africa.
  • Thu 18 Jun Florian Altermatt, University of Zurich
    Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in riverine networks
    Riverine ecosystems contain exceptional biodiversity and are key providers of many ecosystem functions and services. I will show how the characteristic dendritic network structure of rivers, and spatial dynamics in general, are affecting biodiversity patterns and ecosystem functioning, and how a combination of mathematical models, laboratory-based experiments and large-scale empirical data can help to understand riverine meta-ecosystems.
  • Thu 25 Jun Anusha Shankar, University of Alaska
    Spending energy unusually and flexibly: lessons from flying ninja hummingbirds
    With shifting environmental conditions, animals may have to reorganize what they spend energy on to balance energy intake with their energetic costs. We zoomed in on one species – the broad-billed hummingbird – to parse out how much each of the various energy budget components (flying, hovering, perching, torpor) contribute to the daily energy expenditure. We found that they are extremely flexible in allotting energy across components of their energy budget. But what determines how flexible these daily energy budgets are? Attend my talk to find out!

Previous talks on Youtube

Ecology Live programming group

Marc Cadote, University of Toronto
Jane Hill, University of York
Pete Manning, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre