In late-successional forest communities, how much does history matter?

Author Kerry Woods discusses recently published Journal of Ecology article: Over 80 years without major disturbance, late‐successional Białowieża woodlands exhibit complex dynamism, with coherent compositional shifts towards true old‐growth conditions by Brzeziecki et al. Find out more about the importance of long-term data when considering old-growth forest dynamics. Thirty years ago, John Magnuson wrote of the…

2019 Harper Prize Shortlist: Early Career Research Award

The Harper Prize is awarded by the British Ecological Society each year for the best paper in Journal of Ecology written by an early career author. Today we are pleased to present the shortlisted papers for this year’s award. These papers were published in 2019 (Volume 107, Issues 1-6). The winner will be selected in the coming weeks so…

Cover Story and Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 2

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Philippe Cohen. This photo relates to research article: Fire history and plant community composition outweigh decadal multi‐factor global change as drivers of microbial composition in an annual grassland by Qin, Zhu, Chiariello, Field & Peay. This article was also selected as the Editor’s Choice paper for…

Volume 108 Issue 2

Volume 108 Issue 2 of Journal of Ecology is now available online! Our latest issue features a range of research articles, including community assembly of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, animal driven seed dispersal patterns across fragmented landscapes and modelling reproductive interactions in plant communities. You can also read our new Biological Flora of the British Isles account on…

Year of the Rat – the role of rodents in plant ecology

To celebrate Chinese New Year we’ve compiled a list of rodent-related papers that have been published in Journal of Ecology. Rodents act as seed predators and seed dispersers for many different plant species. While it’s the Year of the Rat we will be featuring research on many different members of the rodent family! Find out…

Disentangling how alien species shape the seasonal dynamics of plant-pollinator communities

“Alien plants and flower visitors disrupt the seasonal dynamics of mutualistic networks” by Arroyo-Correa, Burkle & Emer has just been published in Journal of Ecology. This study provides one of the first empirical reports of alien species shaping the seasonal dynamics of plant–flower visitor networks. Author, Blanca Arroyo-Correa, provides further insight into this research. The…