Press release: Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

University of Antwerp press release Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking. Higher plant species richness is not always sufficient to reduce ecosystem vulnerability to climate extremes, as…

What’s a tree worth?

This year for National Tree Week we have a guest blog post from the Treezilla team. Treezilla is a citizen science platform that has been devised by The Open Science Laboratory. Its aim is to map every tree in Britain which will provide valuable information for researchers, conservationists and other organisations. In 2017, trees in…

Is this stool taken?

Michiel Veldhuis tells us more about his recent paper on the role of large herbivores and dung beetles in the redistribution of nutrients in the African savanna. You can also see some videos taken by the authors, available below and also on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel.  Animals move around through the landscape and can therefore…

It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree

Colorado State University press release With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research published in Journal of Ecology shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events – the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of…

Brazil: biodiverse and ready to explore

Brazil offers great opportunities for plant ecology and the chance to understand the huge diversity of ecosystems that exist there. The country is home to an incredible number of plant species (32,109 according to Zappi et al. 2015) with around 57% of them endemic. In the heart of the country is the Amazon rainforest which…

Tropical seaweed beds weather the storm

Zoe Loffler tells us about her recently published article in Journal of Ecology… Severe storms and cyclones can have devastating effects on coral reefs, breaking and dislodging corals. Recovery from such events can be prolonged, especially in instances when the reef is overgrown by large fleshy seaweeds. But how do cyclones and storms affect the abundance…

BFBI – Sorbus torminalis

Peter Thomas (Keele University) is the author of our latest Biological Flora of the British Isles article. Below, Peter tells us more about Sorbus torminalis… Why would anyone be interested in knowing everything about a minor British tree? A new article has been published in Journal of Ecology on the Wild Service-tree (Sorbus torminalis). Usually a…