We are inviting you to join our efforts to form a new international scientific society whose members share a curiosity and passion or the scientific study of serpentine and metal-enriched ecosystems.

The International Serpentine Ecology Society (ISES) is a scientific society serving a membership that shares a curiosity and passion for the scientific study of serpentine and metal-enriched ecosystems. Serpentine ecosystems are associated with metal-enriched, low fertility soils derived from ultramafic rocks. Serpentine sites occur in isolated patches throughout the globe and are significant biodiversity hotspots that contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Serpentine areas are known for their exceedingly high proportion of endemic species that often possess unique properties adapted to extreme environments. Conservation of these sites is extremely important, not only for their species diversity but also for their value as model systems for the study of fundamental scientific concepts and principles.

ISES is an outgrowth of a series of international conferences that began in 1991. Conceived by pioneers of serpentine ecology, these conferences are an international forum, where scientists from around the world convene to actively learn about, discuss, debate, and synthesize emerging serpentine research. ISES was founded following a recommendation at the sixth International Serpentine Conference in 2006. Currently, ISES has more than 450 members from 45 countries and every continent on the globe except for Antarctica. The mission of the International Serpentine Ecology Society (ISES) is to promote research in the field of serpentine ecology and freely exchange information within the scientific community.

The international conferences and post-conference tours were originally conceived by pioneers of serpentine ecology and have become an International forum to actively discuss, debate, and synthesize international multidisciplinary research. They have offered opportunities for scientists in different fields and from different regions of the world to conduct joint research on geology, soils, plants, microorganisms, insects and their interactions. Presentations, symposium proceedings and associated special journal issues have played a major role in advancing the science and understanding of the significance of serpentine ecosystems.

This website is being developed to provide a powerful tool to ISES. The heart of the society will be the commitment to supporting the continuing success of the International Serpentine Ecology Symposia. The mission of the International Society of Serpentine Ecology is; to advance the knowledge, understanding, conservation, management practices, and public awareness of serpentine and other metal-enriched ecosystems.

Our alms are to:
• Highlight and advocate research, education, conservation, and public awareness of serpentine and metal-enriched ecosystems;
• Identify and address critical global biodiversity and conservation needs related to serpentine and metal-enriched ecosystems around the world;
• Develop a network to facilitate and support research collaborations between scientists from different regions and disciplines;
• Serve as an open resource for sharing Information and coordinating data on serpentine and metal-rich ecosystems;
• Promote and connect multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary science among international communities.

We have ambitious plans for the upcoming years but obviously we cannot accomplish these goals alone. Initially, we need a formal structural framework, we need to organize ourselves, and we need to develop the website. Please help to make ISES a reality and take the time to visit the website www.serpentine-ecology.org to register and become a member. Upon registration you will be able to login and use the Intranet. The website is In a preliminary state and any suggestions, help or material to be used on this website is most appreciated. You can send your comments regarding ISES or the website to the coordinator, Antony van der Ent.

The website contains general information to promote public awareness as well as a “members only” section that contains a wealth of information about serpentine ecology including a library of publications, biological and GIS databases. We invite you to browse the website to learn more!