About the Society

The New Zealand Ecological Society was formed in 1951 to promote the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects. Through its activities, the society attempts to encourage ecological research, increase awareness and understanding of ecological principles, promote sound ecological planning and management of the natural and human environment and promote high standards both within the profession of ecology by those practicing it, and by those bodies employing ecologists.


  • An annual conference comprising symposia, contributed papers and work-shops, field trips and social functions
  • A scientific journal, New Zealand Journal of Ecology, published twice a year, containing refereed articles on both fundamental and applied ecological research
  • A regular newsletter, to inform members of society activities and ecological news, and foster debate on current ecological issues
  • Awards and prizes for New Zealand ecologists and students
  • Preparation of submissions on government policies relating to the NZ natural environment
  • Involvement in ecological education at schools and universities
  • Other special-purpose publications

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