Editor’s Choice: Variation in senescence

The Editor’s Choice paper for issue 5 is a study on the variation in senescence across different strains of duckweed by Patrick Barks and colleagues. Rob Salguero-Gómez, who handled the paper as an Associate Editor, has given some thoughts on the significance of the work. One could say that modern human societies are slaves to the clock.…

Editor’s Choice 106.2

The Editor’s Choice paper for this issue is Woodland resilience to regional drought: Dominant controls on tree regeneration following overstorey mortality by Miranda Redmond and colleagues. Associate Editor Peter Bellingham has taken a closer look at the paper and shares his thoughts below… All but one of the warmest years since 1880, based on global combined land and…

Editor’s Choice 105.4

Nutrient-poor grasslands cover a substantial portion of the terrestrial surface and provide important ecosystem services ranging from forage and livestock production to stabilization of erosion-prone soils. The future of these grasslands under increased drought frequency and severity is difficult to predict, especially given the complex ecological interactions and feedbacks among plants, other organisms, and physical…

Editor’s Choice 105.3 – Signals of climate change

The Editor’s Choice paper for Issue 105.3 is titled; A global test for phylogenetic signal in shifts in flowering time under climate change. Authors Nicole Rafferty and Paul Nabity have written a blog post about their paper… Biological signals of climate change abound. One of the most conspicuous is changes in the timing of life history events,…

Editor’s Choice 105.1 – Elephants trump fire in the Kruger

External disturbances are powerful drivers of community and ecosystem reorganization over most of the Earth’s terrestrial surface. As such, they cause losses of plant biomass, reset succession, modify stocks and fluxes of nutrients, and change trophic dynamics. Furthermore, most ecosystems are subjected to multiple disturbance agents, and these disturbances do not operate in isolation from…