INTECOL 2017 – One week in China: Insights from Marc Cadotte

As advertised in a previous blog post, the international conference of ecology INTECOL 2017 was held last week in Beijing, China. This year’s conference theme was Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World. Marc Cadotte, Senior Editor of Journal of Applied Ecology, attended the conference and wrote a nice blog post for the EEB and Flow blog, in which…

Plant Trait Dimensions: the Phenotype as an Integrated Network

In the video podcast below, Julie Messier presents the findings of her recent study, accepted for publication (currently in early view) in Journal of Ecology, and titled ‘‘Interspecific integration of trait dimensions at local scales: the plant phenotype as an integrated network“. This study was part of Julie’s PhD project that aimed at exploring the limits of a trait-based approach…

Volume 105, Issue 5

Volume 105 Issue 5 of Journal of Ecology is now online! The September issue consists of 25 papers across a variety of different topics including plant-soil interactions, ecological-omics, plant-climate interactions and dispersal. Articles include a mini-review about the multifunctional legacy of plant traits and an essay review on moving-habitat models for climate change ecology. There…

“Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world”: Reflections and reactions to ESA 2017

Journal of Ecology was well represented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America with Senior Managing Editor Andrea Baier on the BES stand in the convention hall, and several Associate Editors joining me for a board meeting and dinner, in prowling the halls, networking, and attending and giving presentations. I survived…

When are traits functional?

A trait is any aspect of an organism that defines it with respect to a concept. A trait may be color, when examining heat absorption; accent, in the case of humans when attempting to approximate nationality; specific leaf area (i.e., area to dry mass ratio of a leaf) when interested in investment in photosynthetic machinery…