Species and ecological processes – taxonomy and traits in the workings of nature

Join the Aquatic SIG and Linnean Society for a one-day event exploring links between ecology and taxonomy in the face of global change.

A sky view of a coral reef


Ecology and taxonomy have long been natural bedfellows, particularly in the study of biological populations and communities. Ecology’s focus is, however, moving inevitably to ecosystem processes in the face of global environmental changes and demands on sustainable productivity. The link between ecosystem ecology (with its focus on processes and their rates) and species identity and traits is still crucial because the accelerating loss of biodiversity is itself a major aspect of global change. Species may be lost due to human activities, and often the ‘roles’ of species in nature (i.e. the relationship between species and process rates) are lost before we have even appreciated their value.

Both ecology and taxonomy have now been transformed under the ongoing molecular and Big Data revolutions of the past decade, and it is timely to re-evaluate the relationship between the two. Here, we present an exciting range of keynote speakers to set new questions and help shape the next generation of research, especially in areas that are still huge blank canvases.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Mary Power (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Florian Altermatt (University of Zurich and Eawag)
  • Jose Montoya (CNRS: French National Centre for Scientific Research)
  • Julia Reiss (Roehampton University)
  • Markus Weitere (Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research)
  • Anje-Margriet Neutel (British Antarctic Survey)

Lightning talks

If you would like to present a 5-minute lightning talk, please send a short abstract to Dr Julia Reiss. Abstracts should be a max of 200 words.


Please note, this event has been postponed until 2021.

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Organising committee: Alan Hildrew (Queen Mary University, Linnean Society); Julia Reiss (Roehampton University); Guy Woodward (Imperial College London), Michelle Jackson (University of Oxford, BESAG), Bill Brierly (FBA) and Leanne Melbourne (Linnean Society)