Bridging the gap between researchers, practitioners and policymakers

Welcome to the home of applied ecology from the British Ecological Society publications.

Here you can find summaries of research published in Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecological Solutions and Evidence and information from Applied Ecology Resources, as well as topical contributions from the ecological researchers, practitioners and policymakers that make up our global community.

If you have an idea for a post, please get in touch. As well as written contributions, we’re keen to receive visual and multimedia posts. Alongside posts in English, we’re also happy to share translations in languages relevant to the audience of the research.

Who we are

Valentine Seymour
Blog Associate Editor for The Applied Ecologist

Valentine is a Research Fellow and Tutor at the University of Surrey and works with the Ecological Solutions and Evidence and Journal Applied Ecology Editorial Offices to identify, commission, and deliver scientifically robust, high-quality content for The Applied Ecologist blog. Her research interests focus on the interface between human health, policy and the natural environment. @ValentineSeymo1

Catherine Waite
Blog Associate Editor for The Applied Ecologist

Catherine is interested in the integration of remote sensing and field-based data collection techniques to examine tropical forest functioning. In particular, she is interested in the role that lianas play in tropical forest recovery pathways and carbon storage. Currently she is working on developing dynamic global vegetation models to include liana data in order to investigate global carbon storage and forest recovery from climate and anthropogenic disturbance. @ce_waite

Minhyuk Seo
Senior Assistant Editor for Ecological Solutions and Evidence and Applied Ecology Resources

Min develops and helps manage the online resource platform Applied Ecology Resources and provides support to the Editorial Board of Ecological Solutions and Evidence during the editorial and peer review processes. Min also works with researchers and practitioners, helping to communicate their work through multiple channels including blog posts, podcasts, videos and social media. @AER_ESE_BES

Lydia Groves
Publishing Assistant for Journal of Applied Ecology

Lydia coordinates the Editorial Office of Journal of Applied Ecology, including the management of a timely and fair peer review process, providing support to the Journal Editors, and acting as the central point of contact for authors, reviewers, the Editorial Board and Publisher. Lydia also coordinates the marketing, publicity and web-based activities for the journal.

What we publish

Research summaries
Authors of the latest articles published in Journal of Applied Ecology and Ecological Solutions and Evidence share their study with the wider community in this shorter and accessible summary. Beyond the typical research summary, authors may choose to share their research journey with Research stories, answer Q&As or write a Behind the cover post if their photo was chosen as journal cover.

In Focus
Topical posts commissioned and edited by our Blog Associate Editors. These posts will discuss the hottest topics in applied ecology, stimulate dialogue contributing to discussions across everyone involved in ecological research and practice.

Themed Collections
Summaries of research published in Journal of Applied Ecology and Ecological Solutions and Evidence that are part of a journal’s Special Feature or Virtual Issue – a collection of the latest insights surrounding a specific topic in applied ecology.

The Applied Ecologist community
Posts from or about our ecological community, sharing career journeys as well as insights from experience. We take part in key events across the year such as International Women’s Day, Pride Month and Black History Month to raise awareness of and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities across ecology. Watch out for our call for contributions throughout the year or get in touch at any time if you have an idea.

Journal news
Stay up to date on any journal developments including new initiatives, our Editorial Board and prize winners.


The views expressed in posts on this blog are personal to the author and are not necessarily shared by any sponsors or owners of this blog, or any other person or entity involved in creating, producing or delivering it. No such party shall be held liable for any statements made or content posted.

Comments will be moderated before appearing on the blog. We welcome debate but ask that all comments are polite and relevant. We try to moderate comments within a 24-hour period in the working week.

Find out more about our publications

Journal of Applied Ecology publishes novel, high-impact papers on the interface between ecological science and the management of biological resources.

Ecological Solutions and Evidence is an open access journal publishing articles with direct relevance for the management of biological resources and ecological systems. Part of Applied Ecology Resources

Applied Ecology Resources is a new open platform from the British Ecological Society to make sharing and discovering knowledge on the management of environmental resources easier for everyone in the ecological community.

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