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…

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…

Fieldwork in Hawai’i

In this new fieldwork post, Stephanie Yelenik, from the US Geological Survey (Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center), shares some pictures of her fieldwork on forest restoration in Hawai’i. Enjoy these beautiful pictures! More photo collections can be viewed in the fieldwork section of the blog.  Stephanie Yelenik, US Geological Survey, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, Hawai‘i…

Ecological Inspirations: Deepak Barua

Deepak Barua is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India. The overarching goals of Deepak’s work are to understand how interactions between traits translate to plant performance, and test how variation in performance influences adaptation and persistence in complex ecological environments. This work spans levels of biological organization:…

International Women’s Day: Balance for Better

Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme for 2019 is Balance for Better. Find out more on Twitter by following @womensday and using #IWD2019 and #BalanceforBetter.  To mark International Women’s Day 2019 we hear from our Associate Editors Imma Oliveras and Mahasweta…

Fieldwork in the French Alps

Before writing and publishing papers and presenting exciting new findings, most ecologists experience one of the best things about doing science: field work! If you are lucky – as I was in this case – doing field work means great weather, an awesome team, a beautiful landscape, hard work, good samples, lots of fun and…

Ecological Inspirations: Crystal McMichael

Crystal McMichael is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests are focused on assessing long-term (100s to 1000s of years) ecological processes in tropical ecosystems, and how distributions of species (including people) have changed over those time scales. Crystal is particularly interested in how tropical…

Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2018

The last week of November saw the annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia held in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia. Our Associate Editor Peter Vesk kindly agreed to share with us some insights about the conference and the  interesting new findings presented during the week. The annual conference of the Ecological Society of…

World Soil Day 2018

Wednesday 5th December is World Soil Day 2018. This soil celebration gives me the opportunity to highlight great papers related to soil published in Journal of Ecology this year. While the role of soil in shaping plant community assembly, composition and diversity has long be recognized, the mechanisms involved to explain these effects are not always…