Eminent Ecologist 2018: David Wardle (part 2)

The Journal of Ecology editors are delighted to honour David Wardle in our continuing Eminent Ecologist series. David has put together a special Virtual Issue of some of his excellent contributions to the journal and has written a series of blog posts reflecting on his work. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 on the Journal of Ecology blog. SWEDISH…

David Goodall Obituary (1914-2018)

Eminent ecologist David W. Goodall passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 104. David was well known for his work in plant community ecology, notably through major advances in statistical methods to analyze vegetation patterns. His friend, Peter Minchin (SIUE, USA) kindly proposed to write some words about David’s research over his long…

Tropical peat swamps: Restoration of endangered carbon reservoirs

University of Göttingen press release According to current knowledge, the land biosphere absorbs 30% of the CO2 produced by humans and thus contributes significantly to reducing global warming. Tropical peat swamp forests are among the most important terrestrial carbon reservoirs, but they are increasingly being cleared. Data on their regenerative capacity have so far been…

Spotlight on an endangered herb: Hypericum cumulicola

For Endangered Species Day 2018, Pedro Quintana Ascencio and Eric Menges have written a blog post about their recently published paper on the population dynamics of Hypericum cumulicola, an endangered herb across a range of landscape drivers. We are convinced that limited spatial replication and short study intervals can hinder our ability to adequately understand and predict population dynamics.…

Seeing the woods through the saplings

Erika Berenguer and colleagues recently had a paper on human-modified tropical forests published in Journal of Ecology. Erika tells us more about her paper below… Walking through an undisturbed Amazonian forest is one of those unique experiences – the abundance of sounds, colors, and smells can be overwhelming. Underneath towering trees, smaller trees in line with…

When and where does dispersal limitation matter in primary succession?

Kobayashi Makoto and Scott Wilson recently had a mini-review article published in Journal of Ecology about dispersal limitation and primary succession. Makoto tells us more about the article in his blog post below. Ultimately, primary succession starts with the dispersal of propagules on to new substrate (Photo 1). However, little is known about where and…

How to resist plant invasion? It is all about traits!

In this video podcast, Luisa Conti explains how ‘Functional trait differences and trait plasticity mediate biotic resistance to potential plant invaders‘, which is also the title of her recent paper published in Journal of Ecology.  Luisa’s video can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel (English subtitles available).   Luisa Conti is a plant ecologist. She…

Plant-pollinator networks in the tropics

Camila Souza and colleagues recently had their paper on plant‐pollinator networks published in Journal of Ecology. Read more about the paper in the blog post below. Many plants depend on pollinators for reproduction, especially in the tropics. The interaction between plants and pollinators in a community form complex networks which may change in structure across…