Attending ESA in New Orleans?

Nature Research will be at ESA in New Orleans - with hats!

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We will be attending the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in hot and wet New Orleans next week.

I will be there representing our growing number of online communities, and will be joined by Simon Harold from Nature Ecology & Evolution, and Jung-Eun Lee from our new Nature Research journal Communications Biology

We will be attending talks and mingling throughout the meeting, and would love to meet up with some of our community contributors and members. Let us know if you are attending by commenting below, or emailing

We will be at the Springer Nature booth on Monday afternoon with free Nature Ecology & Evolution hats (you know you want one!), so please come and say hello and tell us what you think of our community site - or indeed anything else.

We hope to see you there!

The Nature Ecology & Evolution hat is kindly modelled by Luíseach Nic Eoin.

Ben Johnson

Head of Communities & Engagement, Springer Nature

I gained my first degree in virology from the University of Warwick and a PhD in influenza virus immune evasion from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK. My research interests then moved on to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels, and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London. I joined open access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an Acquisitions Editor and then Associate Publisher, and was responsible for launching new journals, including Microbiome, Zoological Letters, and Movement Ecology. I have been Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature since 2016, running our online community blogs, and a Consulting Editor at Nature Medicine since June 2020, handling COVID-19 papers. I am based in our London office.

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