Career Opportunity /  12 March 2023

Proposals wanted for Innovation in Practice

The Innovation in Practice edition of Methods in Ecology and Evolution is still seeking proposals about conservation technology

Deadline: 12 March 2023 - the deadline has passed.

Proposals for the Innovation in Practice edition of Methods in Ecology and Evolution close this coming Sunday on 12 March 2023. 

Many of your conservation tech projects will be a perfect fit for this journal, with the BES website saying the following about potential topics for proposals:



This joint special feature with Ecological Solutions and Evidence and Methods in Ecology and Evolution will not only highlight the application of new technologies to help with pernicious applied problems, but also reflect on the promise and potential pitfalls of new emerging technologies.

Examples of types of contributions may include (but certainly not limited to):

  • Innovative use of smartphones to collect data (e.g., LIDAR forest mapping, tracking the use of urban greenspace)
  • CRISPR-CAS9 and gene drives for managing endangered or invasive species
  • Development and deployment of new AI algorithms for identifying species from images (e.g., mapping invasive species from Google Street View images).
  • Advancement of remote sensing tools to identify species or ecological processes (e.g., assessments of pathogen outbreaks in forests).
  • Tapping into user-contributed image databases to track natural processes (e.g., Crowdsourcing phenology assessments using Flickr images)
  • Descriptions of new R packages or other software releases that provide value to applied conservation
  • New machine-learning algorithms (e.g. mapping colonization and establishment of non-native species)
  • Identifying biases in data and methods for overcoming them (e.g. digitized museum-collection data)
  • Improving diversity and inclusion in conservation science (methods or solutions)

More specific examples for Ecological Solutions and Evidence:

  • Review articles that evaluate how new technologies are being implemented or the policies supporting or limiting their use (e.g., policy frameworks directing the development and application of new biotech tools to manage invasive species).
  • Perspective articles on the broader implications of technology development and use (e.g., ensuring equitable benefits from new ecosystem management technologies).
  • Practice Insights articles by practitioners sharing their perspectives and insights on the use and deployment of new technologies

More specific examples for Methods in Ecology and Evolution:

  • Applications articles describing and sharing worked examples of software packages (in R, Python or Julia) useful for monitoring, measuring and analysing conservation and restoration data
  • Practical Tools articles introducing new smartphone-based platforms for collecting and assimilating measures of biodiversity


Visit the BES Journals page for Methods in Ecology and Evolution to learn more and begin your proposal.