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.
Fernanda Coelho de Souza @fecoelhos is an early career rep of the BES TEG. She is a tropical ecologist and conservationist doing a PhD at Leeds University on the evolution of carbon cycle in tropical forests, working with the RAINFOR group. She is particularly interested on understanding the legacy of evolution on the current patterns of diversity and carbon in tropical ecosystems and whether evolutionary relationships can be used to predict the future of the global carbon cycle and patterns of diversity.
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
Dunia H. Urrego is a co-chair of the BES Tropical Ecology Group.She is a tropical palaeoecologist and palaeoclimatologist, with experience working in Amazonia, the tropical Andes and subtropical Africa. Her current research focuses on human-landscape interactions in western Amazonia and the origin of domesticated crops, the response of Andean forest to millennial-scale climate variability, and climate change communication in Colombia.
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.
Iona Haines is the undergraduate rep of the BES Tropical Ecology Group. She is a biology undergrad student at the University of Bristol. At the moment she is on the committee of the new roots and shoots society (UBRAS) and looking forward to expanding her role as the ecology group’s ‘.