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…

“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…

Hierarchy of Hypotheses as an organizing tool for research. Report on a workshop

Journal of Ecology Executive Editor David Gibson, Associate Editor Lorena Gómez-Aparicio, and Methods in Ecology and Evolution Senior Editor Bob O’Hara recently attended a workshop “The hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach: Exploring its potential for structuring and analyzing theory, research and evidence across disciplines” August 19-21, in Hannover, Germany. Below they tell us more about this workshop. Set…

Three days of plant ecology in Germany

Journal of Ecology Associate Editors Jane Catford and Rob Salguero-Gómez were both keynote speakers at this year’s PopBio conference. Here is their report… A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of attending PopBio2017 in Halle, Germany. This was the 30th annual conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria…

Insights into the AAET-MEDECOS Conference

  The MEDECOS XIV International Conference and XIII AEET meeting was held last week (January 31st – February 4th) in Seville (Spain). If you could not make it, you can hear all about it in the new blog post below from our Associate Editor, Ignasi Bartomeus. Ignasi has kindly agreed to share his thoughts with you on the…

The RainDrop Project at the BES Annual Meeting 2016: a Focus on Long-Term Drought Experiments

It was a pleasant surprise to see some real plants at the BES Annual Meeting in Liverpool. The Ecological Continuity Trust (ECT), a charity supporting long-term ecosystem experiments, had model calcareous grassland communities on display at their stand, along with two different phenotypes of Festuca ovina. These plants were used in a comparative study with…