Aquatic Ecology

Freshwater and marine ecology come together


Co-Secretaries: Nessa O’Connor and Lee Brown
Student/Early Career Representatives: Miguel Matias, Billy Hunter, Lydia White, and Marie-Claire Danner
Social media: Twitter and Facebook


2014 saw the group re-launch itself with a stronger emphasis on fostering a dynamic group of individuals able to address the broad range of challenges faced by the aquatic community. The Aquatic Group hosts its annual science meeting around the third week of July each year at Charles Darwin House, London, bringing together established and emerging leaders in aquatic ecology from around the world. It is an excellent forum for meeting people working in similar fields, for socialising as well as for general networking.

Members interested in holding additional conferences, meetings, workshops or field meetings on aquatic topics can apply through the Co-Secretaries for BES financial assistance and support for student attendance. Membership is open to BES members with an interest in any field of aquatic ecology.

Join the mailing list

The group runs an email list that is an open forum for discussion among aquatic ecologists all over the world. Messages posted to the list are automatically forwarded to all members and include research information, discussion and requests, future meeting and job advertisements. To join the list, send an email to Ronni Edmonds-Brown.


  • Bring together all areas of aquatic ecology to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary working
  • Hold workshops and meetings to stimulate discussion, and exchange skills and ideas
  • Encourage and support early career researchers

Meetings and Events

BESAG Early Career Researcher Award

The British Ecological Society Aquatic Group (BESAG) will award this prize to one distinguished early career scientist at its annual meeting. The award will be made in recognition of excellent research to a scientist who is no more than 8 years after the start of their PhD and working on a relevant area of marine and/or freshwater ecosystem science. The primary criterion is excellence as demonstrated by scientific advances detailed in first-authored publications in internationally relevant journals. Applications will be judged by the two BESAG secretaries and the treasurer.

The winner will receive the award at the BESAG annual meeting, which is held each summer between July-September in London. They will be invited to present their research in a keynote speech as part of the annual meeting. Conference fees, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered, and the winner will receive a commemorative plaque.

Self-applications will not be accepted; nominations (of no more than 1 side A4) should be made by colleagues or collaborators. It is expected that the nominator will discuss the application with the nominee, so that a summary CV (maximum 1 side A4) can be provided giving details relevant to the award criteria above. Nominees must have been members of the British Ecological Society for at least 1 year prior to nomination.

Please email nominations for the 2017 round to Lee Brown  before March 1st 2017.

6 April 2017: Aquatic Ecology Group – Temporary Stream Workshop

Building on our 2016 workshop, this event will examine the current status of temporary watercourses, and will consider appropriate approaches to monitoring, management, and restoration.

Follow for conversation on Twitter with: #BESAG_NTU

Registration is now open

14 September: BES Aquatic Meeting
Early-Career Researcher workshop: Statistic & Networking

This workshop is designed for people who want to learn more statistical analysis with R. Time will be set aside for discussion during the meeting and there will also be ample opportunity for networking and a social in the evening.

More information here

15 September: BES Aquatic Annual Meeting
Advances in Aquatic Ecology

Leading aquatic ecologists will present their most recent findings and outline their priorities for future research. Students and early-career researchers are encouraged to present posters and give a “highlight talk” at the meeting.