We just came back from SFEcologie 2018 — a great conference in Rennes!
Alix presented her latest work on seasonal dynamic food webs; Coralie had a poster on diversity maintenance in (also seasonal) theoretical competitive communities, and myself a presentation of our empirical analyses of phytoplankton community dynamics.
I really enjoyed Teja Tscharnkte’s plenary on integrating biodiversity services in agriculture.
— Frederic Barraquand (@FredBarraquand) 24 octobre 2018
A particularly interesting feature was his focus on small-scale agriculture: a large amount of field borders and configurational heterogeneity seems to be very beneficial to biodiversity and, in turn, to the services it provides. Perhaps we ought to try to re-establish in Europe some of the smallholder farming that is commonplace in a large portion of the world (and essential to food security in thirld-world countries).
In fact, in his plenary on biodiversity , David Tilman also talked quite a bit about agriculture — and why changing the current model to less meat and less sugar-heavy processed foods might be good for both human and ecosystem health .
Plenty of other interesting talks to listen to. One thing that’s really nice at large conferences such as these: you always learn about new systems by attending a session you did not really plan to go to. In my case, super-diverse tropical spider communities.
Looking forward to the next one! As far as we know, this will be in 2020 and in Edinburgh, as a joint meeting with the BES.