Forest Ecology

Creating an international community of forest ecologists.


Secretary: Alan Jones
Deputy Secretary: Tom Ovenden
Early Career representative: Marta Pieriste
Blog and social media: BES Forest Ecology blogTwitter and Facebook


The Forest Ecology Group was set up to create an international community of forest ecologists, within and beyond the BES. Head to the blog for rapid and timely updates on Forest Ecology related news and activities. You will also find conference announcements, funding opportunities, job openings, and studentships, as well as calls for collaborations. You can also view, and make contributions to, the SIG’s interactive Forest of the Month map.

Join the Committee

Deputy secretary

This role will focus on helping to develop and run exciting workshops, conferences and other events for the SIG community and attend Committee Meetings. We want to expand what we do, and we’d like you to help!


To help with managing the SIGs event budgets and all things financial! This isn’t a big job, so we’d love for you to come up with ideas of what you think people might want from our SIG and then help us design and run these events. It’s not just counting the pennies!

Blog Officer

Communication channels are the main point of contact between the Committee and our SIG community. This role ensures that the communications going out to the community are relevant, informative, interesting, and helps to promote the activities of the SIG, particularly to advertise upcoming SIG events! We want bigger, better and more exciting content, so this role will oversee our blog and help to generate new and interesting material to put up on our website. From cutting edge research to current topics, this can be an exciting space to bring content from all aspects of forest ecology to the community. Creativity, diversity and exciting ideas all welcome!

If you are interested in any of the roles above please get in touch at 


  • Stimulate discussion on all aspects of forest ecology, in biomes from boreal to tropical, including both natural and managed systems.
  • Share news, best practice and findings among researchers, forestry professionals and policy-makers.
  • Hold and facilitate meetings, workshops and symposia.

Meetings and Events

For all upcoming events please see the events page.