Seed masting and fire disturbance synchronisation in white spruce

David Ascoli, Andrew Hacket-Pain, … & Giorgio Vacchiano just had their paper entitled “Climate teleconnections synchronize Picea glauca masting and fire disturbance: Evidence for a fire‐related form of environmental prediction” published in Journal of Ecology (DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.13308). In this blog post, David explains how seed masting in white spruce (Picea glauca) matches fire disturbance and can be…

Plant traits and mycorrhizae mediate Janzen-Connell effect in tree saplings

In this video podcast, Alissa Brown highlights the role of shade tolerance and mycorrhizal type on conspecific negative density dependence in seedlings and saplings in forest. Alissa’s findings have recently been published in Journal of Ecology. Have a look at the video to discover what she found! If you want to know more, check out the full…

#SOM2019: Insights from Franciska De Vries

The 7th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (#SOM2019) was held in Adelaide (Australia) from 6 – 11 October 2019. Associate Editor Franciska De Vries kindly agreed to share with us her thoughts and experiences of the conference, below. My #SOM2019 in Adelaide Two weeks ago, I travelled to Adelaide to attend the Soil Organic…

Remote sensing as a tool to determine population genetics

Blonder et al. just had their paper entitled “Remote sensing of ploidy level in quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.)” published in Journal of Ecology. In this blog post, Benjamin Blonder explains how remote sensing can be used to determine population genetics of aspen in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, USA). Can you tell much about the genetics of…

A Question of Time: Understanding Factors Driving Monodominance in Gilbertiodendron dewevrei Forest

Hall et al. just had their paper entitled ‘Resource acquisition strategies facilitate Gilbertiodendron dewevrei monodominance in African lowland forests‘ published in Journal of Ecology. In this blog post, Jefferson Hall explains the history of the research carried out in Gilbertiodendron dewevrei Forest and shares his own experience working on the topic for the last few decades in…

Growth-trait relationships depend on species richness in subtropical forest

In this new video podcast, Xiaojuan Liu explains how species richness impacts growth-trait relationships in subtropical forest. These results are part of a large forest biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiment in China (BEF China) and have just been published in Journal of Ecology (see Bongers et al. 2019). Xiaojuan’s video can also be found on the Journal of Ecology YouTube…

#ESA2019 Insights from Frederik De Laender

The Ecological Society of America annual meeting 2019 was held in Louisville from August 11 to 16th and Associate Editor Frederik De Laender kindly agreed to share his thoughts and experiences from the meeting below. Louisville, the city of Mohammed Ali, hosted this year’s ESA meeting (#ESA2019, August 11-16th), themed “Bridging Communities & Ecosystems: Inclusion…

Does landscape context affect how forests change after ice storm damage?

Lloren and colleagues recently had their paper ‘The influence of landscape context on short‐ and long‐term forest change following a severe ice storm‘ published in Journal of Ecology. Read more about their work in the post below, written by co-author Jenny McCune. Investigating the interplay of natural and anthropogenic disturbance Around the world, deforestation has…