Saturday, April 30, 2016

Call for Experts - IPBES

Our Ref: EM/2016/22

Dear IPBES Member States and Observers,

 Following the outcome of the fourth session of the Plenary (Decision IPBES-4/1, section III, para. 3, and section IV, para.5) and in line with the agreed procedures for the preparation of the Platform’s deliverables, Governments and other relevant stakeholders are invited to nominate experts to participate in:
  1. the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Deliverable 2c);
  2. the workshop to further scope the thematic assessment of the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (Deliverable 3biii).
In addition, following decision IPBES-4/1, section I, para.1, Governments and relevant institutions and organizations are invited to nominate fellows to:
  1. the IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme, to participate in the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
The IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme targets early career experts who wish to gain experience by participating in the work of IPBES. More information on the IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme and nomination process can be found here.

Member States and Observers are invited to disseminate this call for nominations widely to relevant institutions and organisations. Nominations from a broad range of organizations/institutions are encouraged. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators are expected to give their consent to the time commitment required from the candidate, as appropriate.

All nominated individuals (nominees) need to be available to attend the meeting to which they are applying to be experts.
Meeting dates:
  • The First Author Meeting for the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will be held in August 15-19, 2016 in Bonn, Germany (Experts and Fellows);
  • The scoping meeting for the thematic assessment of Sustainable Use of Biodiversity will be held August 2-4, 2016, Bonn, Germany (Scoping Experts).
Importantly, nominated experts should have expertise in one or more disciplines within natural science, social science or humanities, represent or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems, or be policy experts and practitioners. We strongly encourage nominations to reflect this broad range of expertise which is needed for both assessments.

In particular, for the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, we are seeking experts with an interdisciplinary, international and/or global background and experience. Governments and organisations nominating experts are therefore encouraged to promote this multidisciplinary approach, which is fundamental to the success of IPBES. For the scoping meeting for the thematic assessment of Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, we are seeking experts that have expertise in integrative approaches to human-nature relations, in ethics, trade, as well as in the relevant institutions and governance.

The nomination process of experts will follow these steps:
  1. Nominees will be invited to fill out an application form and attach their curricula vitae through the dedicated web portal (
  2. The application form will automatically be sent to the nominating Government or Organisation (Nominator) indicated by the Nominee with an email, which will provide a link to a nomination form inviting the Nominators to approve and submit their nominations.
  3. Nominators and Nominees will  receive an acknowledgement message once the nomination form confirming the nomination has been submitted
Interested experts (nominees) are requested to fill out their application form no later than 05 May 2016. Nominators (governments or organisations) should submit approved applications by 15 May 2016 at the latest. Early nominations ahead of the deadline are encouraged. Experts interested in being nominated are encouraged to contact their IPBES National Focal Point ( or organisational contact point as they may be operating under their own timeline.

I look forward to your positive response to this letter and for your continued support towards the implementation of our work programme in 2016.

Yours sincerely,

This document has been signed electronically and contains no handwritten signature

Sir Robert T. Watson
Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Our mailing address is:
IPBES Secretariat

UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
Bonn 53113

Friday, March 18, 2016

Call for Nominations - International Biogeography Society - Student at Large (2017-2019 term)

Call for nominations (Student@Large)

One of the best ways for students to foster their academic development is to broaden their horizons in every possible aspect. Participating in scientific societies is certainly a way towards such horizon broadening. The International Biogeography Society (IBS) gave me this opportunity as board member representing students in all decision-making. Indeed, being able to speak out as part of my research field has convinced me on the importance of being actively involved within the larger apparatus of scientific development. This opportunity also made me more aware than ever about the relevance of networking with other scientists in order to contribute to the advancement of my research field. Such contribution should come from all members, new and old, early career and leading scientists. Students, the future of any research field, represent a fundamental part for that contribution to be valuable in the short and long term. 

I would like to invite all IBS student members to consider applying for the Student at Large position of the IBS governing board for the 2017-2019 period. This is a great opportunity for those interested and motivated students seeking to contribute to the advancement of biogeography and to get involved in organizing and promoting the IBS activities that can benefit all members, especially their fellow students. The IBS Student at Large not only represents student members at the IBS board but also serves as part of different committees within the board in order to promote student recognition, involvement and assistance. More details on the IBS-S@L position can be found below.

Fabricio Villalobos
Student at Large, International Biogeography Society

Represents the Student members of IBS in decision-making by the IBS Board

List of duties:
1. Chairs the Student Travel Award Ad Hoc Committee under the supervision of the Vice President for Development and Awards
2. Chairs the Early Career Biogeographers Committee under the supervision of the Vice President for Conferences and in that role organizes the poster competition and Student Discussion Groups
3 Serves as a member of the Advertising and Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chaired by the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication

Key Functional and relational responsibilities:
1. Represents Graduate Student Members in all decision-making
2. Works closely with the Vice President of Development and Awards to increase Graduate Student Membership in the IBS
3. Works closely with the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication to promote IBS activities

Please send a short email to (subject:  Student @ Large position) by April 8th stating:
  • your institution
  • geographic location
  • years into graduate program
  • why you are interested in IBS and what you feel you can achieve as student at large (max 150 words)
Selection of Candidate for the Position:  Candidates will be evaluated by the IBS nominating committee based on their interest in IBS, and their role. Geographical location, gender and stage in graduate program will also be a consideration in deciding which candidates will be put forward for election.

A total of 4 candidates will be chosen to stand for election, votes being solicited from the entire membership of IBS during the general election in September 2016.

Monday, March 14, 2016

24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association June 28-July 2, 2016

What: 24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association  
When: June 28-July 2, 2016
Where: Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

A pressing challenge for Quaternarists is the development of innovative and robust methodologies and approaches to discriminate how geological and ecological rates and processes in the Anthropocene deviate from the Holocene and other times past. The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting will  address the theme, “Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene,” and kickoff on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with three exciting, all-day fieldtrips addressing ongoing research on Geology and Paleohydrology of the Jemez Mountains; Vegetation, Fire, and Alluvial Histories in the Jemez Mountains; and Paleoindian Geoarcheology in Middle Rio Grande Basin. 

Our meeting’s keynote speaker is the award-winning science writer Andrew Revkin, author of the New York Times blog DotEarth and himself a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Subcommittee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Over two and a half days, our 25 invited plenary speakers (see program) will address different aspects of the “Retooling” challenges.  The remaining presentations will be contributed posters.  All posters will be featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) at strategic times during the technical program and with 3-hour poster sessions each afternoon. After the meeting adjourns at noon on Friday, July 1, we are offering a guided tour to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque and an all-day Neotoma/Tilia/Bacon workshop at the University of New Mexico on July 2. 

We recognize the educational value of the meeting and strongly encourage students to register and apply for AMQUA Student Travel Grants on our meeting registration page. The 24th Biennial AMQUA meeting is sponsored by the University of New Mexico, USGS and other organizations.

Abstract deadline: April 10, 2016
Abstract notifications: May 1, 2016 (rolling notifications prior to deadline)
Early registration: October 1, 2015 to May 5, 2016
Fieldtrip & workshop registration deadline: June 1, 2016
Hotel registration deadline: May 10, 2016
Late registration deadline: June 1, 2016
Pre-meeting field trips: June 28, 2016
Post-meeting fieldtrip: July 1, 2016
Post-meeting Neotoma workshop (in Albuquerque): July 2, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MEDECOS XIV International Conference - XIII AEET Meeting

MEDECOS XIV International Conference - XIII AEET Meeting

31st January‐4th February 2017

Seville, Spain

“Human‐driven scenarios for evolutionary and ecological changes”

MEDECOS is an international conference organized by ISOMED, the International Society of Mediterranean Ecology, which aims to bring together the scientific community interested in Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs). AEET is the Spanish Ecological Society mainly devoted to terrestrial systems.

This meeting is co-organized and supported by the Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology, the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) and the University of Seville (US).

The main focus of the joint conference is the ecology and evolution of Mediterranean ecosystems and their species, from plants to animals and also microorganisms. By uniting scientists and students whose research focuses on MTEs, we expect to gain insights into the similarities and differences in how MTEs function, change and evolve. The conference will also host a regular AEET meeting, thus more general topics on any aspect of ecology will be also considered. The official language of the conference is English.

A preliminary list of themes includes the following topics:
- Comparative ecology and evolution
- Historical biogeography of Mediterranean lineages
- Current species conservation challenges
- Expanding biodiversity: species interactions, networks, communities and phylogenetics
- Evolutionary and ecological drivers of MTEs as biodiversity hotspots
- Ecophysiology and functional traits
- Ecosystem functioning and services: challenges and risks in a changing world
- Consequences of biotic and environmental global changes for MTEs


We look forward to receiving proposals to organize Symposia. Symposia are one of the key features of the meeting. They are encouraged to address the eight general topics of the conference, but any subject of broad ecological interest or incorporating novelapproaches will be welcome.  In the interest of broadening participation, each participant may only submit one proposal. Time allocated to each accepted symposium will be 90 minutes. A symposium consists of one keynote talk and shorter oral presentations.  Symposia will be open to any contributor whose presentation fits the subject area. Symposia will accept oral contributions until the allocated time is filled.  Interested organizers are asked to submit his/her proposal before March 31th, 2016 to (See instructions at

More information at: or and‐medecos‐xiii.html

Monday, December 14, 2015

Postdoc Position - Massy University, Auckland, NZ

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to the project ‘Synergising ecology and evolution: discovering patterns of functional and phylogenetic diversity of New Zealand's marine fishes versus depth’. Applications close: 19 January (11:45pm, New Zealand Standard time).
Project Overview
Biologists know least about the largest habitat on earth - the deep sea. Fundamental patterns of functional and phylogenetic biodiversity, from coastal waters to the abyss, have never been quantified. Do biodiversity trends in the ocean follow the patterns in alpha and beta diversity seen in the terrestrial environment? New Zealand’s latitudinal range and nearshore continental shelf offers a unique opportunity to address trends in biodiversity and community structure and to disentangle the evolutionary and ecological drivers of these patterns. This project will complement an existing stratified and replicated depth by latitude dataset describing fish community composition. Specifically, this project aims to combine phylogenetic and functional information with knowledge of community composition for the fishes of New Zealand and to understand the ecological and evolutionary drivers of community composition from the sub-tropics to the sub-antarctic, and from the shallows to the abyss. The results of these analyses will have a major impact on the interpretation of the ecology and evolutionary history of New Zealand’s fish communities and biodiversity patterns in the ocean, and will contribute novel methods of analyses for biodiversity research.
Position Overview
We are seeking a motivated and innovative researcher, keen to make their mark in the field of quantitative biodiversity research. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biology and will have experience in phylogenetics, diversification analyses, biogeographic analysis, comparative methods, trait-based analyses, ecological modeling, multivariate statistics, macroecology, and community ecology. Applicants with only a subset of these skills are encouraged to apply. A track record of publication in international journals and relevant statistical, computational and programming skills are expected. The appointed Fellow will conduct phylogenetic analyses of new and data-mined sequence data, and will combine these data with existing community data, and functional trait data to describe biodiversity patterns. The Fellow will contribute to the development of statistical methods to help test explicit hypotheses that will disentangle evolutionary and ecological drivers of diversity and turnover. The Fellow is not expected to have any prior experience in marine fieldwork, molecular genetic benchwork, or ichthyology. The appointee will be encouraged to supplement the primary research goals of the project with their own research objectives, in consultation with the wider research team that includes Prof. Marti J. Anderson (co-Primary Investigator, Chair in Statistics, Massey University), Dr. Clive Roberts (co-Primary Investigator, Head Curator of Fishes, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), Dr. Libby Liggins (mentor/supervisory role, Lecturer in Marine Ecology, Massey University) and a recruited PhD candidate (responsible for functional trait analysis, Massey University). The Fellow will be expected and supported to publish and present their findings to international peers. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
Position specifics
The position is three years, starting March 2016 (a later start date may be negotiated for an exceptional candidate). The Fellow will be based in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (INMS) at Massey University’s campus in Auckland, New Zealand. INMS is a recently formed multi-disciplinary research and teaching Institute incorporating Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. In conjunction with world-class researchers in the closely-linked Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), INMS has special strengths in quantitative biology and ecology, evolution, genetics, mathematical biology, computational science and modelling of complex systems. Massey University is in the north of Auckland, with easy access to the city of Auckland (New Zealand’s largest and most culturally diverse city) and recreational areas such as the harbour, islands, beaches, and forest parks. The Fellow will be joining a dynamic team of researchers working on the frontier of statistics, ecology, and evolution. The Fellow will also work closely with scientists of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Te Papa holds New Zealand’s National Fish Collection and supports an active ichthyology research team.
Enquiries regarding the funded project and specific role of the Fellow should be directed to Dr. Libby Liggins (Email: or Prof. Marti J. Anderson (Email:
Information about the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences can be found at; information about Te Papa Tongarewa can be found at

Friday, December 11, 2015

Call for nominations - MacArthur & Wilson Award

The International Biogeography Society 
Nominations Request 
MacArthur & Wilson Award

The MacArthur and Wilson Award was established by the International Biogeography Society to recognize an individual for a notable, innovative contribution to biogeography. This award targets comparatively early career investigators and has a guideline that recipients should have completed their PhD no more than 12 years before the deadline for nominations. The committee has some flexibility in regard to this criterion, to take account of differing life and career paths.  A pair of collaborators might be considered providing both are eligible by this criterion. The award is made once every two years. Previous recipients include Drs. Miguel Araújo and Daniel Rabosky.

The award will be presented at the IBS biennial meeting in Bahia, Brazil, 9-13 January, 2017.

Nominations are due no later than February 1, 2016. Nominations should consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, an abbreviated CV of the nominee, and pdfs of four key papers published by the nominee, at least two of which should have been published within the last three years. An individual can be nominated for a single paper or a ‘group of papers’ and it is anticipated that such a corpus of work will involve – in the spirit of MacArthur & Wilson’s famous monograph – scholarly collaborations with other co-workers. Nominations should be sent to

Call for Nominations - Alfred Russel Wallace Award

The International Biogeography Society 
Nominations Request
Alfred Russel Wallace Award

The Alfred Russel Wallace Award was established by the International Biogeography Society in 2004 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding contributions by an eminent scholar in any subdiscipline of biogeography. The award is made once every two years. Previous recipients include Drs. Jack Briggs, Jared Diamond, John Avise, Bob Ricklefs, Jim Brown and Dan Simberloff.

The award will be presented at the IBS biennial meeting in Bahia, Brazil, 9-13 January, 2017.

Nominations are due no later than February 1, 2016. Nominations should consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, plus an abbreviated CV of the nominee. Nominations should be sent to

Thursday, October 29, 2015

IPBES comments invited - due Nov 3, 2015

This came in to IBS' IPBES committee, led by Lars Opgenoorth:

Ref: LE/2015-16
Dear Governments and Stakeholders,

Following up on Decision IPBES-3/1 on the Work Programme for the period 2014-2018 (section III.4), which approved a scoping process for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, based on the approach proposed in document IPBES/3/9, a group of experts, selected according to the rules of procedure, met in Bonn on 5-7 October 2015. This group produced a draft scoping report for this global assessment, which you can find here.

We would like to invite you to take part in an open consultative process on this draft scoping report, and to seek your views on the proposed approach, in particular from the point of view of users of this future assessment.

Following this round of comments, the document will be finalised by the experts and submitted for consideration by the Plenary at its fourth session.

Please provide your comments into the dedicated template and send back to no later than 3 November 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
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Our mailing address is:
IPBES Secretariat
UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
Bonn 53113

Monday, October 12, 2015

Postdoc Fellowship Available - Biosystematics - University of KwaZulu-Natal

Biosystematics Research: Postdoctoral Fellowship
KZN Herbarium, Durban

SANBI has been mandated to collect, generate, process, coordinate and disseminate information about biodiversity and the sustainable use of indigenous biological resources, and establish and maintain databases. A postdoctoral position, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is available to conduct and publish taxonomic research on problematic plant taxa of KwaZulu-Natal.

Candidates must have a recent PhD (awarded in the last 5 years) in plant taxonomy and experience in taxonomic research. Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, keen to work as part of a team and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference. Candidates must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence.

The fellowship of R240 000 per year is offered for a period of two years. Running costs to the amount of R15 000 per year are attached to the position.

 Application procedure:
Application to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet (contact for copy). Applicants are required to highlight in their applications how they see their skills being applied to the above-mentioned research area and the types of questions they are interested in addressing. Applications are to include a full CV; certified copies of ID, academic record and highest qualification; two letters of reference (academic); and an example publication.

Send all documents to with ‘SANBI Biosystematics Research Postdoc’ in the subject line.

To discuss details of the project please contact:
Ms Janine Victor, SANBI Deputy Director: Biosystematics Research e-mail: telephone 012.843 5132

SANBI reserves the right not to fill this fellowship.
If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Call for Symposia - 2017 Biennial Meeting of the International Biogeography Society

The International Biogeography Society seeks proposals for symposia for the 2017 Biennial Conference, 9-13 January, 2017 in Salvador, Brazil.  The symposia are an integral part of our meeting as they are in the form of plenary sessions in which all attendees participate.  These plenary symposia provide opportunity for several speakers (typically 5-6) to present cutting-edge work that will have a appeal to a broad cross-section of Biogeographers. Ideally these findings address a current debate or provide synthesis and integration for a selected theme or topic.  Symposia held at previous meetings are available at the IBS website,

Symposium proposals should include  the following information:

-       Name, institution and email of organizers.  Please delegate a single organizer as the point of contact between the organizers and the IBS.
-       Names (institution, email and tentative title) of 4-6 speakers.  Please only list speakers that you have contacted regarding the symposium and indicate their current level of commitment (tentative or confirmed).
-       Title of symposium
-       Session description (focus on the theme and strong justification): < 600 words.

IBS will provide partial financial support for travel of symposia speakers, but we expect that the remainder of expenses will be covered by symposium speakers and organizers. We strongly encourage organizers to convey this information to potential speakers and try to use the partial financial support in an optimal manner. 

Review process.  All proposals will be peer reviewed by external reviewers selected by the IBS board using a score system. 

Submission and questions: Please send proposals for symposia by email to Pedro Peres-Neto (, IBS VP for Conferences.  Deadline has been extended to Dec 1, 2015.