Darwin’s naturalization conundrum reconciled

Eva Malecore tells us more about her newly published paper about the effects of phylogenetic distance on seedling emergence… In his “Origin of Species” of 1859, Charles Darwin expressed the hypothesis that exotic species more closely related to the native community would be more likely to naturalize, since they would share preadaptation to the local environment.…

Ecology Community: Predatory Journals

Who hasn’t received emails from dubious sounding journals requesting manuscript submission? These emails are very common nowadays and generally ignored, immediately deleted or left in the junk mail. But, what is hidden behind these emails from so-called predatory journals? In this blog post, Nicolas Fanin, Guille Peguero and Journal of Ecology Associate Editors Paul Kardol and…

Frequency-dependent disease transmission can affect host distribution

In this video podcast, Emily Bruns explains the findings of her recently published paper  in Journal of Ecology: Is there a disease‐free halo at species range limits? The codistribution of anther‐smut disease and its host species. Watch the video to see how Emily validates the theory that frequency-dependent disease transmission can affect host populations! Emily’s video can also be…

Press release: Study uses herbarium samples to understand link between climate change and insect herbivory

Harvard University press release A first-of-its-kind study used herbarium specimens to track insect herbivory across more than a century, and found that, across four species – shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), showy tick trefoil (Desmodium canadense) and wild lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) – specimens collected in the early 2000s were 23%…

Press release: Mangrove expansion and climatic warming may help coastal ecosystems keep pace with sea level rise

Villanova University press release Sea level rise and extreme weather events have become harsh realities for those living along the world’s coasts. The record-breaking hurricanes of the past decade in the United States have led to staggering tolls on coastal infrastructure and communities, leading many local governments to consider the benefits of natural coastal barriers.…

Kelp forests function differently in warming ocean

Marine Biological Association press release Kelp forests in the UK and the wider North-East Atlantic will experience a marked change in ecosystem functioning in response to continued ocean warming and the increase of warm-water kelp species, according to a new study led by a team from the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth.…

Species and genetic diversity in grasslands

Jennifer Rowntree (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Hayley Craig (University of Manchester) have had their study on grassland species and genetic diversity published in Journal of Ecology. Jennifer tells us more about the paper in the article below, and you can also read the Manchester Metropolitan University press release. We are currently experiencing a ‘biodiversity crisis’…

Fig-wasp mutualisms

Daniel Souto‐Vilarós tells us more about his recent Journal of Ecology paper on fig-wasp mutualisms. You can see Daniel present his work at Evolution 2018 – his poster is part of Session 1 and will be available to view up on Level 2 on August 19th and 20th (Poster number: P-0200, S-18).  Plant-pollinator interactions offer a unique…