Winner of the Harper Prize 2017: Jenny Zambrano

The winner of the Harper Prize 2017 is Jenny Zambrano. Jenny’s paper, ‘Neighbourhood defence gene similarity effects on tree performance: a community transcriptomic approach’, takes a community functional phylogenomic approach to understand how defence genes drive tree community structure and dynamics. Jenny originates from Colombia and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental…

How to resist plant invasion? It is all about traits!

In this video podcast, Luisa Conti explains how ‘Functional trait differences and trait plasticity mediate biotic resistance to potential plant invaders‘, which is also the title of her recent paper published in Journal of Ecology.  Luisa’s video can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel (English subtitles available).   Luisa Conti is a plant ecologist. She…

Coral Reefs Survival: Interactions Between Multiple Local Stressors of Algal Turf Communities?

Our new video podcast brings us below the ocean surface and explores the role of interacting local stressors on algal turf communities, an important driver of coral reef development and survival. This study conducted by Caitlin Fong at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA) and titled ‘Simultaneous synergistic, antagonistic and additive interactions between multiple local…

Ecological Inspirations: Liesje Mommer

Liesje Mommer‘s research focuses on  “belowground plant-plant interactions” within the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Recently, the theme of her research has expanded to include plant-fungal interactions, as root-root interactions cannot be understood without considering the myriad of microbes in the soil. To reveal these ‘hidden’ interactions and the consequences…