Dr Andrew Beckerman recognised for exceptional service to the British Ecological Society

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Beckerman, from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, on winning the BES Award from the British Ecological Society (BES), for his exceptional service to the Society over the past decade.

Dr Beckerman is among nine distinguished ecologists recognised by the British Ecological Society, whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

The BES Award is made in recognition of exceptional voluntary service to the Society and its community. Dr Beckerman has been an ambassador for the BES for over a decade. His commitment and energy have encouraged many others to follow in his footsteps and become heavily involved in society activities.

Dr Andrew Beckerman is an evolutionary ecologist, exploring how environmentally driven variation in physiology, behaviour and life histories influence the distribution, abundance and evolution of organisms and the structure and dynamics of the communities they form. His key research interests focus on exploring the structure, complexity and dynamics of food webs, the ecology and evolution of phenotypic plasticity, and parrot conservation in Central America and the Caribbean.

Dr Beckerman, said: “It is an honour to receive this award. I have been a part of the society since 1999, serving on council, as Chair of Meetings and in various other roles and committees. I also previously won the BES Founders Prize in 2006.”

“I've been a part of seeing headquarters move, journals forming and growing, meetings expanding and moving to international locations, centenary celebrations and more. By far the most rewarding aspect has been working with the BES executive, several presidents, the membership and authors to promote the wonderful ecological science, the society supports and celebrates around the world.

“Some of my particular highlights have been developing the programme for the centenary meeting with the International Association for Ecology, being part of the decision to run the first meeting off UK soil with the French Ecological Society and being part of the process of launching new journals.”

Founded in 1913, the British Ecological Society is the oldest ecological society in the world. The BES promotes the study of ecology through its six academic journals, conferences, grants, education initiatives and policy work. The society has 6,000 members from more than 120 different countries.

Professor Richard Bardgett, President of the British Ecological Society, said:
“Each year, the BES awards prizes to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contributions of individuals to advancing ecology and communicating its importance for society. I am delighted to offer my congratulations to this year’s winners for their exceptional contributions to ecology.”