Video Podcast – Harper Prize Highly Commended Paper 2015: Jewelweed’s defense against deer herbivory

Last week, we published a blog post written by the winner of the Harper Prize 2015 Yuuya Tachiki, that you can find here. Each year, as well as selecting an overall winner, the Editors of Journal of Ecology also select two highly commended papers. This year we had two fantastic highly commended papers by Laura Martin et al. and Courtney Stepien et al. This week we want to highlight their research and share with you their novel and interesting results through video podcasts.

In the first video podcast, Laura Martin is presenting the findings of her highly commended paper entitled “Historically browsed jewelweed populations exhibit greater tolerance to deer herbivory than historically protected populations”. The video is available below and can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube channel (english subtitles available).


Laura Martin is currently a Ziff Environmental Fellow in the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Department of the History of Science. She recently obtained her PhD from Cornwell University with the project entitled “Natural and National Recovery: Ecological Restoration in the United States, 1930-1975”. Laura’s research aims at understanding how humans intentionally and unintentionally shape the distribution and diversity of other species. She is thus working at the interplay between environmental history, social and ecological science. Her publications have explored topics as diverse as invasive plants, the indoor biome, and the history of linear regression. In this highly commended Journal of Ecology article, Laura and her colleagues investigate whether a plant that is native and thriving in the eastern United States, jewelweed, has rapidly evolved tolerance to deer herbivory. Laura is currently writing a book on the history of ecological restoration. 

Stay tuned for the second video podcast staring Courtney Stepien and her research on geography, taxonomy and functional group effects on inorganic carbon use patterns in marine macrophytes.

Pierre Mariotte
Blog Editor, Journal of Ecology

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