CANCELLED: Species & Ecological Processes: Taxonomy & Traits in the Workings of Nature

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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Organiser: BES Aquatic Ecology Group
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CANCELLED DAY MEETING 09:30–18:30 Friday 29 May 2020

Lake Kinney
© Florian Fuchs

Unfortunately due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the decision has been made to cancel this event. We apologies for any inconvenience and do hope to reschedule in the future. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

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 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)

This is a joint event, sponsored by the British Ecological Society, Linnean Society and Freshwater Biological Association. The FBA are sponsoring 20 free student places - first come, first served. The conference will be held in the iconic meeting rooms of the Linnean Society at New Burlington House, under the gaze of famous portraits of Darwin and Wallace, founders of evolutionary and ecological biology. There are limited places, so don't miss out and register now!

Lightning talks: If you would like to present a 5-minute lightning talk, please send a short abstract to Dr Julia Reiss ( by 10 April 2020. Abstracts should be a max of 200 words.

  • Dietary requirements: We will have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at lunch but please add any other specific dietary requirements when you register.

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