Tansley Lecture

Eminent ecologists are chosen every two years to give the Tansley Lecture at our Annual Meeting

Those who are invited to speak may pick any ecological subject and may publish their paper in one of our journals. The Tansley Lecture alternates with the President’s Lecture which is given by our President at the end of their first year of office.

Tansley Lecture presenters to date include:

23. A. Agrawal 2020
Plant evolution and genetic diversity through a successional cycle

22. A. Austin 2018
What Makes Leaves Rot? An Exploration of Novel Controls on Litter Decomposition in Terrestrial Ecosystems

21. J Pemberton 2015
Long-term Studies of Individuals – past, present and future

20. S Ellner 2012
Rapid evolution: from genes to communities, and back again?
Published in Functional Ecology 27: 1087–1099. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12174

19. D Wall 2011
Integrating Soil Biodiversity into Terrestrial Ecosystem Science

18. I Baldwin 2009
Using Transformed Native Plants to Study Ecological Interactions

17. G Daily 2007
Aligning Economic Forces with Conservation

16. P Vitousek 2005
Ecosystem science and human-environment interactions in the Hawaiian archipelago
Published in Journal of Ecology Volume 94, Issue 3, Date: May 2006, Pages: 510-521

15. W Sutherland 2003
Predicting the ecological consequences of environmental change: a review of the methods
Published in Journal of Applied Ecology Volume 43, Issue 4, Date: August 2006, Pages: 599-616

14. C Korner 2001
Carbon Limitation in Trees
Published in Journal of Ecology, Vol 91, No 1 (Feb., 2003), pp 4 – 17

13. S Pacala 1999
From Individual Plants to Global Change: Understanding the Local Causes of Large-scale Ecosystem Function

12. JA Raven 1997
The Twelfth Tansley Lecture, Small is Beautiful: The Picophytoplankton (in Essay Review)
Published in Functional Ecology, Vol. 12, No. 4. (Aug., 1998), pp. 503-513

11. PH Harvey 1995
Phylogenies for Ecologists (in The Eleventh Tansley Lecture)
Published in Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 65, No. 3. (May, 1996), pp. 255-263

10. L Partridge 1993
Genetic and Environmental Manipulations in the Study of Life Histories

9. T Fenchel 1991
What Can Ecologists Learn from Microbes: Life Beneath a Square Centimetre of Sediment Surface
Published in Functional Ecology, Vol. 6, No. 5. (1992), pp. 499-507

8. RM Anderson 1989
Populations and Infectious Diseases: Ecology or Epidemiology?
Published in The Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 60, No. 1. (Feb., 1991), pp. 1-50

7. OL Lange 1987
Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis: Performance of Poikilohydric Lichens and Homoiohydric Mediterranean Sclerophylls: The Seventh Tansley Lecture
Published in The Journal of Ecology, Vol. 76, No. 4. (Dec., 1988), pp. 915-937

6. EO Wilson 1985
Causes of Ecological Success: The Case of the Ants
Published in The Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 56, No. 1. (Feb., 1987), pp. 1-9

5. GE Likens 1983
An Experimental Approach for the Study of Ecosystems: The Fifth Tansley Lecture
Published in The Journal of Ecology, Vol. 73, No. 2. (Jul., 1985), pp. 381-396

4. PA Colinvaux 1981
Towards a Theory of History: Fitness, Niche and Clutch of Homo Sapiens: The Fourth Tansley Lecture
Published in The Journal of Ecology, Vol. 70, No. 2. (Jul., 1982), pp. 393-412

3. RT Paine 1979
Food Webs: Linkage, Interaction Strength and Community Infrastructure
Published inThe Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 49, No. 3. (Oct., 1980), pp. 666-685

2. H Ellenberg 1977
Man’s Influence on Tropical Mountain Ecosystems in South America: The Second Tansley Lecture
Published in The Journal of Ecology, Vol. 67, No. 2. (Jul., 1979), pp. 401-416

1. H Godwin 1975
Sir Arthur Tansley: The Man and the Subject: The Tansley Lecture, 1976
Published in The Journal of Ecology, Vol. 65, No. 1. (Mar., 1977), pp. 1-26