Welcome to TEG Blog! Here, we bring together news, events, opportunities and articles of interest 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 get in touch via our contact page or e-mail address 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.
Lindsay Banin is the chair of the BES Tropical Ecology Group. She is a plant and ecosystem ecologist based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with research interests focusing on understanding spatial and temporal patterns of ecological functioning, diversity and species’ distributions, with an aim to better predict how environmental (climate, biogeochemical and land-use) changes affect natural ecosystems, and how they can best be conserved. She has a particular focus on the tropical forests of SE Asia.
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.
Aisyah Faruk is the social media rep of the BES Tropical Ecology Group. She is from Malaysia, which is also where she conducted field work for her PhD, studying the impacts of oil palm agriculture on tropical amphibians. She has extensive field experience in Southeast Asia, mainly in her home country and Indonesia. Currently, her role is mainly coordinating seed collecting projects across the Caucasus, as part of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
Stephanie Martin (@forestladysteph) is the Blog Editor for the BES Tropical Ecology Group. Her interests are predominantly focused on tropical plant ecology and taxonomy as well as the impacts of climate change on tropical rainforest ecosystems. She is currently an MRes student on the Tropical Forest Ecology course at Imperial College London, investigating the effects of simulated drought conditions on the physiology of trees and lianas in the tropical rainforests of Australia. She is also active in science communications as a journalist, editor, presenter, and photographer.