Linking behaviour to populations and communities: how can behavioural ecology inform conservation?

22 Nov - 23 Nov 2018

The most immediate response of animals to human-induced environmental change is behavioural. This can have profound repercussions at the population and community level and is therefore of crucial relevance to conservation. This NERC/ZSL symposium will bring together leading experts in behavioural ecology and conservation to explore how behavioural ecologists can make a difference in support of conservation by relating their research to ecosystem processes.

The meeting will critically assess the role of the behavioural ecological community in addressing conservation priorities so far and aims to inspire future conservation-oriented research and action with real impact. Now is a highly promising time for progress in this direction because of the emergence of strong analytical tools and conceptual advances in behavioural ecology in recent years, developments which have yet to find their way fully into the conservation arena.

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  • Download draft programme of speakers and talks:

PDF icon Programme_Linking populations and behaviour symposium 22-23 Nov 2018 (154.09 KB)

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Attending this event

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  • Tickets

2 days: Full price £160
2 days: Discount price (for ZSL Members/Fellows and students) £80
1 day: Full price £100
1 day: discount price (for ZSL Members/Fellows and students) £50
  • Note that ZSL Fellows/Members discounts will be automatically applied at the payment stage
  • Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments
  • A symposium dinner will be held on 22 November, which needs to be booked separately.  Dinner costs £40 per person.
  • See dinner menu: PDF icon Symposium dinner menu - behavioural ecology 22 November 2018 (54.4 KB)

Call for poster proposals

All attendees are invited to submit proposals for posters to be presented at this symposium.  Poster proposals should be sent by filling in the form below, which should be sent to before Friday 2 November 2018.


Jakob Bro-Jørgensen, University of Liverpool
Daniel W Franks, University of York
Kristine Meise, University of Liverpool

Confirmed speakers

Daniel Blumstein, University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)
Oded Berger-Tal, Ben Gurion University
Ulrika Candolin, Helsinki University
Tim Caro, University of California - Davis
Isabelle Côté, Simon Fraser University
Sarah Durant, Zoological Society of London
Sam Ellis, Exeter University
Jennifer Gill, University of East Anglia
James Herrera, Duke University
Kay Holekamp, Michigan State University
Kavita Isvaran, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Kristine Meise, University of Liverpool
E.J. Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford
Kevin Parker, Parker Conservation
Elizabeth Parlato, Massey University
Bernt-Erik Sæther, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Matthew Silk, Exeter University
Daniel Sol, CREAF, Spain
Colleen Cassady St. Clair, University of Alberta
Joseph Tobias, Imperial College London
George Wittemyer, Colorado State University


  • This symposium will take place in the Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY 

  • Nearest underground station: Camden Town

  • Nearest bus stop: Number 274

  • Please find further information on directions here


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