Since its foundation in 2007 during the general assembly of the GfÖ in Marburg, the Macroecology Specialist Group can look back to several exciting years with diverse and successful activities.
The primary goal of the Specialist Group is to support the development of macroecological research in central Europe and beyond. It provides a form for scientific exchange about macroecological topics, i.e. about the patterns of biological diversity at large geographical and temporal scales as well as about the underlying processes and mechanisms.
As one of its core activities, the Specialist Group holds annual meetings which may be organized in different formats, depending on the aims and preferences of the local meeting hosts. Among the highlights of the last years was e.g. the conference at the Senckenberg Nature Museum in Frankfurt with about 100 participants and key note lectures by e.g. Catherine Graham (New York), Carsten Rahbek (Copenhagen), Miguel Araújo (Madrid) and David Orme (London). Another very successful event was the workshop “Scanning the horizon of macroecology” in Uder (Eichsfeld, Thüringen) whose findings have been summarized in an already highly cited publication in the journal Ecography (Beck et al. 2012) – a result of the inspiring and productive atmosphere during the Specialist Group meetings. These are also always intended to provide ample space for the discussion if novel ideas or for the presentation of projects by students or junior scientists; the open and cooperative atmosphere of the meetings stimulates this exchange.
Additional activities of the Specialist Group are regular sessions on macroecological topics during the annual meetings of the GfÖ or the continuous exchange via the group’s e-mail list.
Currently, we are looking forward to the next highlight in 2015: Thanks on the close collaboration with the Macroecology Specialist Group of the British Ecological Society (whose foundation in 2012 was also inspired by the success of our specialist group) and the Danish Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC), we will have a joint meeting of the three partners from 14 to 16 June 2015 in Copenhagen (Denmark). Additional information will follow here in due time…
Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese
Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F)
60325 Frankfurt (Main)
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