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Here, we bring together blog articles, interviews with ecologists and opportunities for the tropical ecology research community.

The aim of the BES Tropical Ecology Special Interest Group (TEG) is to promote and facilitate communication and interaction between tropical ecologists to enable:

  • Transfer and development of knowledge and skills
  • Inter-disciplinary research activities
  • Communication with practitioners and policy
  • Support for early career researchers

Please join us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or sign up to our mailing list for news and updates:

On our blog page, you can also sign up for emails whenever we publish a new post, so you never need to miss out.

Please get in touch via our contact page or email us (tropical@britishecologicalsociety.org) if you would like to contribute blog content or develop a new event. Events can be proposed at any time but funding will be considered in October for the following year.

Committee Members

Christopher Chandler @chrisjchandler is an early career rep of the BES Tropical Ecology Group. He is broadly interested in the dynamics of carbon and biodiversity in tropical forests and how the ecology of these ecosystems may change in response to global environmental change. Currently a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, he is researching lianas (woody vines) and the impact they have on the ability of tropical forests to sequester and store carbon. You can learn more about his research here http://www.envision-dtp.org/people/cohort_3_2016/002903/chris-chandler

Co-Chair: Christopher Chandler (@chrisjchandler) is broadly interested in the dynamics of carbon and biodiversity in tropical forests and how the ecology of these ecosystems may change in response to global environmental change. Currently a research associate at the University of Nottingham.

Co-Chair/Assistant Newsletter Editor: Jorge Ari Noriega is a community ecologist working in functional ecology in the Tropics. He uses dung beetles as an indicator tool to quantify ecosystem services and environmental impact caused by humans. Currently a research associate at the University of los Andes (Bogotá- Colombia).

Social Media (Twitter): Robin Hayward is a PhD student at the University of Stirling & Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, looking at the ways in which tropical rain forests recover following selective logging of valuable timber species.

Newsletter Editor/Website manager: Eleanor Warren-Thomas is a NERC-IIASA Research Fellow at Bangor University interested in trade-offs in biodiversity and environmental conservation. She works on land use models and forest restoration, tropical peatlands in Sumatra, and did her PhD on the effect of rubber plantations on biodiversity in Southeast Asia, using economic and ecological perspectives. She’s also worked in Peru, Honduras and China.

Blog/InFocus Editor: Amelia McKinlay is predominantly interested in the impacts of climate change on tropical forest ecosystems with particular focus on carbon dynamics. Currently, she is studying for an MRes in Tropical Forest Ecology at Imperial College London. She recently returned from a research trip to Malaysian Borneo and is investigating the influence of climate change on forest dynamics and carbon stocks using a forest gap model.

Social Media (Instagram)/Blog/InFocus Editor: Laura Braunholtz is a PhD student at Newcastle University, studying how road infrastructure affects tropical forest structure and mammal communities. She is interested in using novel fieldwork and modelling techniques to understand how human disturbance changes ecological communities, and the wider scale/longer term impacts this might have.

Blog/InFocus Editor: Katie Wood is an experienced conservationist who works to apply ecological findings to policy. She has worked to conserve global biodiversity through her campaigns as Conservation Programs Manager at EARTHDAY.ORG as well as throughout her time at Coral Restoration Foundation as a Reef Restoration Associate in the Florida Keys. She also holds a MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter, where she studied symbiont mediated behavior in cnidarians. In her free time, she is an avid diver and baker.

Blog/InFocus Editor: Christine Joelle Pardo is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. Her project is an interdisciplinary case-study of the species Zingiber spectabile, an ornamental herb from Malaysia that has spread into the understory of tropical rainforests in southern Costa Rica. She is investigating what characteristics make species invasive and how invasive plants can change the rainforest understory. She is also exploring local stakeholder knowledge and perceptions of plant invasions.

See also: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/membership-community/special-interest-groups/tropical-ecology

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