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…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 1

The Editor’s Choice article for Volume 108 Issue 1 is “Growth–trait relationships in subtropical forest are stronger at higher diversity“ by Bongers et al. This study assessed how growth–trait relationships at the individual tree level are impacted by species richness at community and local neighbourhood scales. This Editor’s Choice article highlights the impact that species richness can have…

Cover Stories: Issue 108 Volume 1

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Robert Streit. Here Robert and co-authors, Sterling Tebbett and David Bellwood, discuss the story behind this amazing underwater photograph. This photo relates to recently their published research article “A 3D perspective on sediment accumulation in algal turfs: Implications of coral reef flattening“ Images of coral…

Volume 108 Issue 1

Volume 108 Issue 1 of Journal of Ecology is now available online! Our latest issue contains research articles covering a diverse range of topics. From tree survival and growth responses in the aftermath of an earthquake to the role of freeze tolerance in mangrove range expansion and using remote sensing to measure ploidy level in quaking aspen.…

Model fitting in ecology: trade-offs between complexity and generality

Journal of Ecology recently published new research article by Clark et al. Predicting species abundances in a grassland biodiversity experiment: Trade‐offs between model complexity and generality Author Adam Clark discusses the paper in more detail and explores the trade‐off between bias and variance when modelling ecological systems. It is common knowledge that increasing the number of…

Green turtle grazing and seagrass carbon capture across Caribbean meadows

Journal of Ecology recently published an exciting new research paper by Johnson et al. “Seagrass ecosystem metabolic carbon capture in response to green turtle grazing across Caribbean meadows.” Author Robert Johnson discusses this research in more detail and presents further insights into how green turtle grazing affects carbon dynamics, within seagrass ecosystems. Green turtle abundance is…

How do tree fern understories impact conifer–angiosperm forest dynamics?

Brock et al. recently published their new article “The hare, tortoise and crocodile revisited: Tree fern facilitation of conifer persistence and angiosperm growth in simulated forests” in Journal of Ecology. Author James Brock discusses this research in more detail and explains how tree fern understories are important determinants of forest structure. Establishing how conifers compete…

Transparent Peer Review at Journal of Ecology

We’re starting a new initiative to make our peer review process more open and visible. If you submit a manuscript to Journal of Ecology from today onwards, you’ll be able to choose to make the review process transparent. But what does that actually mean? How will the process work? And why are we doing it?…

Cover Stories: Issue 107 Volume 6

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Johan Martinelli. Here Johan retells the story behind capturing this incredible reindeer photograph. This photo relates to recently published research article “Experimental evidence of the long‐term effects of reindeer on Arctic vegetation greenness and species richness at a larger landscape scale” by Sundqvist et al. I…