Balancing Time, Real Botany, being an AE, and Diversity and Equality initiatives in New Orleans #ESA2018

New Orleans has been an exciting venue for the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America this year (#ESA2018). Delegates were faced with the task of balancing time in sessions and sampling the culinary and musical delights of this vibrant American city. Journal of Ecology Associate Editor delegates enjoyed dinner at Tommy’s following a…

Green sea turtle digging its own watery grave due to invasion of non-native seagrass

Wageningen University & Research press release A seagrass species from the Red Sea is outcompeting the native seagrass species in the Caribbean, where the green sea turtle lives. These iconic turtles are seeing their grazing areas decline, because they have little interest in the foreign seagrass. Wageningen researchers and colleagues from other research institutions discovered…

Apparent predation and plant invasions

Michał Bogdziewicz, Nathanael Lichti and Rafał Zwolak recently had their paper about predation and invasions accepted in the journal. You could read more about their paper in the blog post below. Plants throughout the world are dispersed by scatterhoarding animals, including jays, squirrels and chipmunks, wood mice, the neotropical agoutis and agouchies, and kangaroo rats…

ISEC2018 Conference Report

Last week over 400 ecologists, statisticians and blends of these converged on the University of St. Andrews to present and discuss research at the International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC). ISEC meetings have occurred biennially since 2008. ISEC is a great opportunity for ecologists to hear about the latest developments in ecological statistics and to form…

Press release: What it takes to become a tree in the Serengeti

The Serengeti is ground-zero for nature’s struggle between life and death (consider, for instance, wildebeest versus lions). A new study in Journal of Ecology follows the early life struggles of one of Serengeti’s lesser known, but widely occurring, organisms: Acacia trees. The research focuses on a long-standing ecological puzzle: what prevents savannahs from turning into…

Different “ghosts of herbivory past” for soil microbes

Read more about Karin Burghardt and colleagues’ recently published paper on litter decomposition in their blog post below… Often when dead leaves from a plant fall to the ground and begin decomposing, we assume that all leaves from a plant species are equivalent from the perspective of decomposers. This assumption is even formalized in many models of…

Pollination niches of Euro-Mediterranean orchids

Nina Joffard and colleagues recently had their paper on the pollination niches of orchids accepted in Journal of Ecology. The authors tell us more about their paper below… Plant-pollinator interactions can be seen as part of species’ ecological niches. One of the major challenges in the study of these interactions is to determine what factors underlie…