Join us every Thursday for our free online seminar series, Ecology Live!
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.
Or you can catch up later on our Youtube channel.
- 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
- Thu 16 Apr Jane Memmott, BES President – Pollinators: their ecology and conservation
- Thu 23 Apr Kai Chan, University of British Columbia – Transforming Supply Chains to Save Nature: Relational Values and a Community of Heroes
- Thu 30 Apr Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL – Satellite imagery, time series, fusion and land cover mapping: why is this at all relevant to ecology?
- Thu 7 May Tom Crowther, ETH Zurich – Can trade-offs in fungal functional traits help us to understand global biogeochemistry?
- Thu 14 May Holly Jones, Northern Illinois University – Bison impacts on plants and animals in a world-class prairie restoration
- Thu 21 May Enrico Rezende, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Temperature effects in organisms and communities
- Thu 28 May Kate Jones, UCL – How bats changed the world
- Thu 4 Jun Diogo Verissimo, Oxford University – Using culturomics to monitor attitudes towards wildlife at a global scale and in real-time
Ecology Live programming group
Marc Cadote, University of Toronto
Jane Hill, University of York
Pete Manning, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre
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