How can dispersal ecology inform conservation?



While there is a lot of excellent work on dispersal, the translation to conservation is limited. In fact, conservation in policy and practice seems to make very little use of dispersal science, relying on, for example, guesstimates of dispersal distances in a very broad sense. Conversely, dispersal ecology comprises too much of case studies which provide little generalizable information for use in conservation. Thus, the timing is excellent for a workshop on how dispersal ecology can inform conservation, i.e. what does dispersal research need to do to become more relevant to conservation? We therefore invite dispersal researchers, researchers and managers from conservation and policy bodies, and practitioners to join our one-day workshop.

After a short set of invited and offered talks and posters, setting the scene, the aim is to focus on overall discussion & break outs. These will enable us to come up with a draft tangible output addressing applied questions about dispersal, informed by conservationists and policy-makers, determining what the science can do to address them. We expect attendees to come from a broad spectrum of career stages. Attendees will be able to actively participate in the discussions and network with other like-minded ecologists.

Talks and Posters

We are accepting talks and posters for this workshop. When registering, please detail if you would like to also be considered for a short talk or lunch-time poster by providing a title and a short abstract (100 words max.). Abstract deadline is February 20. You will be notified of acceptance by the end of February.


This event has been postponed.