Throw Another Plant on the Barbecue: Testing the Effects of Plant Invasion on Community Flammability!

Dr Tim Curran and colleagues have written a blog post about their recently accepted paper ‘Community-level flammability declines over 25 years of plant invasion in grasslands‘… It is widely recognised that plant invasions result in changes to fire regimes, in some cases even leading to reduced fire frequency and fire intensity. In our study, we show…

Ducks disperse more than duckweed

Adam Lovas-Kiss (University of Debrecen), Andy Green (Doñana Biological Station) and colleagues recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled “Endozoochory of aquatic ferns and angiosperms by mallards in Central Europe”. Andy tells us more about the paper below. People are generally very keen on mallards and other ducks, especially feeding them in…

Retention or Loss? Ecosystem Nitrogen in an Alpine Meadow

Dr Buqing Yao tells us more about his recently accepted paper titled ‘Ecosystem nitrogen retention is regulated by plant community trait interactions with nutrient status in an alpine meadow‘. Ecosystem nitrogen retention is a crucial function that underpins productivity and ecological processes. However, there is currently no scientific consensus as to the key ecological factors…

Why Yellow-cedar does not expand despite available habitat?

John Krapek (University of Alaska Fairbanks) and Brian Buma (University of Alaska Southeast) recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled ‘Limited stand expansion by a long-lived conifer at a leading northern range edge, despite available habitat‘. John tells us more about the paper below. Yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis, Cupressaceae), a culturally and economically important…

The dynamics of kelp forests

Cathy Pfister (University of Chicago) has recently had a paper published on kelp forests in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. She tells us more about her paper below… In the decade or so before WWI, Germany had a near monopoly on an essential resource: potash mines that supplied fertilizer (as well as gunpowder) globally. The possibility…

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…

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…

BFBI – Serratula tinctoria

Dr Richard Jefferson is the author of our latest Biological Flora of the British Isles article. Below he tells us more about his paper on saw-wort which was published in volume 105, issue 5 of Journal of Ecology… Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) is a herbaceous perennial of the daisy family (Asteraceae) that occurs across much of…

Climate or topography? It depends!

It is our pleasure to announce that Journal of Ecology author Severin Irl (University of Bayreuth) has been awarded the Eduard Strasburger Award for his 2015 paper; Climate vs. topography – spatial patterns of plant species diversity and endemism on a high-elevation island. The prize is awarded every 2 years by the German Botanical Society…