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.

Join the mailing list

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

Join the Committee – Communications Rep

The Microbial Ecology SIG is looking someone to run our Twitter page and other social media accounts! The person will also feed into the wider SIG work, including contributing to organising events. The person can be at any stage of their career and based anywhere, but critically they need to be willing to regularly post on the Twitter channel. To apply, please send a CV and a short paragraph explaining your interest to microbial-sig@britishecologicalsociety.org . Deadline: 17:00 (GMT) Friday 6 December


  • 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-chair: Dr Rachael Antwis, University of Salford
  • Co-chair: Dr Xavier Harrison, University of Exeter
  • Early Careers Rep: Dr Sarah Griffiths, Manchester Metropolitan University