The Next Hundred Years of Ecology
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By Meg Lowman
Teach your children well.
— Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The year 2013 marks the 100th birthday of the British Ecological Society (BES), so the International Congress of Ecology recently met in London to mark this auspicious occasion. Like many scientific professionals, ecologists reluctantly come away from their field sites or computer screens to exchange expertise on new tools, best practices and future priorities. But centennial conferences are once-in-a-lifetime events. What were the concerns of 3,000-plus global ecologists, as they spent a week discussing priorities for the next 100 years?