Harper Prize winner Q&A (part 2)

This year’s Harper Prize winner is Rutuja Chitra-Tarak for her paper; The roots of the drought: Hydrology and water uptake strategies mediate forest‐wide demographic response to precipitation. Rutuja received a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, went onto to do a post-doc at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA, and is now a post-doctoral…

Harper Prize winner Q&A (part 1)

This year’s Harper Prize winner is Rutuja Chitra-Tarak for her paper; The roots of the drought: Hydrology and water uptake strategies mediate forest‐wide demographic response to precipitation. Rutuja received a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, went onto to do a post-doc at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA, and is now a post-doctoral…

Have we been incorrectly analyzing plant cover data?

Our latest review paper is by Christian Damgaard and Kathryn Irvine on the subject of analyzing plant cover data. Read more about their paper below. Plant cover is a measure of the two-dimensional projection of plant species onto the surface and is the most commonly used measure of plant abundance. There are numerous historic and…

Surviving at a conference in 10 easy steps

This week the BES journals are focussing on how to survive at conferences! Our Associate Editor, Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez, gives some tips for making the most of conferences – before, during and after.  I am a demographer, and as such, I am interested not only in how individuals survive, but also in what allows them…

International Flora

The editors are delighted to announce that we are now considering International Biological Flora submissions. Building on the successful and popular Biological Flora of the British Isles series of papers, which has been published in Journal of Ecology since 1941, the journal Editors are pleased to announce the launch of a new associated paper type, the International Biological Flora species accounts.…

VOCs and conspecific adult-larva interactions

Read more about Xiao Sun and colleagues’ Journal of Ecology study on volatiles of compounds (VOCs) and the performance of herbivores… The interactions of aboveground and belowground herbivory can determine species populations and community composition. The outcome of the interactions can differ between conspecific and heterospecific aboveground and belowground herbivores, with conspecific herbivores enhancing their…

Fascination of Plants Day

Happy Fascination of Plants Day!  Today is the fifth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day‘ launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrealla of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). To celebrate plants, here is a collection of the beautiful plant pictures that we received from authors during the past year! You can also…

Interactive – not only additive – models predict trait-by-environment effects on fitness

Nuria Pistón and colleagues recently had their paper on functional traits and fitness published in Journal of Ecology. Nuria tells us more about the study below.  Trait-based approaches are extensively used in ecology to examine species interactions and species response to environmental change. However, although the link between traits and fitness is essential for the definition…

Press release: Seaweeds can attract friends and keep away enemies

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Plymouth Marine Laboratory press release. Scientists from Kiel and Plymouth show for the first time health-promoting microbial manipulation in aquatic plants. The study was published today in Journal of Ecology.  The composition of the microbial community living in or on a larger organism plays an important role for…