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 not-for-profit society publishes ecological research in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, increases awareness and understanding of ecological principles and promotes sound ecological planning and management of the natural and human environment. The society also aims to foster collaboration and communication among ecologists. The New Zealand Ecological Society encourages high standards both within the profession of ecology by those practicing it, and by those bodies employing ecologists.

The Society has over 550 members, and membership is open to all with an interest in ecology. There is a small membership fee, with discounts for unwaged members (including students) and members of the Ecological Society of Australia.

The New Zealand Ecological Society is funded through income from member subscriptions, publications, donations and its investment portfolio. It is an independent organisation that receives little outside funding. 


  • 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, grants 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

NZES mentoring scheme

The NZES mentoring scheme provides an opportunity for members to build networks and develop their careers. We’ve been running it for several years now, and the feedback has been very positive. Each year, around March-April we put out a call seeking participants to act as mentors and mentees. Mentees must be NZES members (see members-only area for further information - note, you will need to log in), but anyone with experience in ecology can act as a mentor. If you would like to register your interest in advance, please email Kate McAlpine: secretary@newzealandecology.org.

Become a member

Support us 

  • Donations made by members, sponsors and members of the public help us do our job better. The New Zealand Ecological Society is registered with the Charities Commission, so donations over $5 qualify for a tax credit. Click here for more details.