Microbial Ecology

Forum uniting people who study and work in microbial ecology.


Co-secretaries: Rachael Antwis and Xavier Harrison
Email: microbial@britishecologicalsociety.org
Twitter: @BES_Microbial


The field of microbial ecology spans many disciplines and research areas, and plays a crucial role in shaping our world. Microorganisms are increasingly being recognised as key mediators of ecological processes at all levels of organisation, influencing the health and fitness of individuals as well as driving the stability of ecosystems, and as such is one of the fastest growing fields of ecology.

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To find out about the latest microbial ecology research, news, events, jobs and training opportunities, please email us.


  • Guide the synthesis of research investigating the role of microbes in organismal and ecosystem function, achieved through regular meetings and workshops.
  • Disseminate the importance of microbial ecology to a wider audience via public engagement events.
  • Engage with researchers working in the field of microbial ecology via a monthly blog written by guest contributors and an online discussion forum.

Meetings and Events

For all upcoming events please see the events page.


  • Co-secretary: Dr. Rachael Antwis, Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation, University of Salford
  • Co-secretary: Dr. Xavier Harrison, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
  • Communications Rep: Nim Kibbler, Undergraduate Student, Scotland’s Rural College
  • Events Rep: Sarah Griffiths, PhD Candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Student Rep: Chloé Orland, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge
  • Student Rep: Andrew Devaynes, PhD Candidate, Edge Hill University
  • Early Careers Rep: Dr. Kristian Forbes, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki