Interview with Harper Prize Winner 2016 Martina Treurnicht

The Harper Prize 2016 for the best paper published in Journal of Ecology by an early career researcher has been awarded to Martina Treurnicht.  Martina and colleagues collected 3454 population-level records from across the global range of these species in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. The findings of her paper entitled ‘Environmental drivers of…

Plant-microbe interactions in nutrient and water limited Australian soils

Holly Vuong, from CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled “Host species and environmental variation can influence rhizobial community composition”. Below, Holly presents the context of her study on plant-microbes interactions in nutrient and water limited Australian soils and summarizes the findings of her experiment. Out of about 1,350 Acacia species in…

International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Needless to say, at Journal of Ecology we’d like to give particular mention to the scientific achievements of women as well. International Women’s Day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender…

Liberation Ecology: From Basic Plant Ecology to Paulo Freire

Ecological Inspirations from Associate Editor Julieta Rosell  Julieta is based in the Instituto de Ecología at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – one of the largest Universities in Latin America. Julieta’s research focuses on plant ecology and evolution. She has worked on the functional ecology of woody stems, including mechanics, storage, and structure of bark and wood, along with…

Discovering something previously overlooked in annual grasslands

Today Journal of Ecology published a paper titled ‘Lagging behind: have we overlooked previous-year rainfall effects in annual grasslands?‘ written by Dudney et al. Below, lead author Joan Dudney of University of California Berkeley, provides a background to the study. Return to the same place in an annual grassland and you will invariably notice that no two…

Trees may acclimate to drought, but not to warming, in semi-arid systems

Charlotte Grossiord et al. have an interesting paper recently published online in Journal of Ecology, entitled ‘Precipitation, not air temperature, drives functional responses of trees in semi-arid ecosystems‘. The scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory provide evidences that trees in semi-arid systems may acclimate to reduced precipitation but not to temperature rise. Charlotte kindly agreed to…

Root Ecology Makes the Olympics

In this last interview from the EcoSummit2016 conference, Gerlinde De Deyn talks about plant-soil feedbacks in agricultural systems, and how outcomes of fundamental research can be used to improve farming practices and move toward more sustainable food production. Gerlinde also talks about the importance of raising awareness about soil and to inform the public, farmers and policy…

Drought history affects plant and microbial C turnover after a subsequent drought event

In this new video, Lucia Fuchslueger presents the findings of her recent study, published in the last issue (September) of Journal of Ecology, and titled ‘Drought history affects grassland plant and microbial carbon turnover during and after a subsequent drought event‘. This study was part of Lucia’s PhD project on the effects of Climate Extremes, particularly of extreme…

Winner of the Postdoctoral Excellence Award – ESA Plant Population Ecology

Editor’s note We are very pleased to announce that Jenni McDonald has been selected to receive the Postdoctoral Excellence Award by the Ecological Society of America’s Plant Population Ecology section for her Journal of Ecology paper, “Transients drive the demographic dynamics of plant populations in variable environments.” This paper was part of a BES cross-journal…