International Day of Climate Action

In 2009, 350.org, the international environmental organisation, designated 24 October as the International Day of Climate Action. This was first organised to influence the delegates attending the annual Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen (COP15). There is no COP this year, but that does not mean we can afford to forget about the importance of…

Eminent Ecologist 2020: Bernhard Schmid (part 1)

The Journal of Ecology Editors are delighted to announce that Bernhard Schmid is our Eminent Ecologist award winner for 2020. In recognition of his work, Bernhard has chosen a selection of papers published in Journal of Ecology that represent his research highlights. You can read all of these papers for free in this new Virtual Issue. In…

How exceptional plants help to reveal carbon transfer between plants

Author Vincent Merckx discusses recently published Journal of Ecology article: Mycoheterotrophic plants living on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are generally enriched in 13C, 15N and 2H isotopes by Gomes et al. Find out more about mycoheterotrophic plants, which have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, and why they are important.   Plants without photosynthesis All biology textbooks will…

Happy World Photography Day 2020!

To celebrate World Photography Day, Capturing Ecology 2019 winner and ecology PhD student Sanne Govaert tells us about her experiences of ecology and photography. Ecologists, start photographing now! The most important goal in my life is to inspire and be inspired. Photography is a great way to achieve this, especially in ecology. We all know…

What is the effect of gene flow origin on the adaptive potential of environmentally marginal populations?

Journal of Ecology has just published a new research article by Morente-López et al. ‘Gene flow effects on populations inhabiting marginal areas: origin matters’. Lead author Javier Morente-López discusses the paper and its implications.  Climate change is causing species to experience new environmental pressures, leading to changes in their distributions and affecting ecological niches. It…

Harper Prize Winner 2019: Maria Leunda

Author Maria Leunda offers an insight into the research behind her paper Ice cave reveals environmental forcing of long‐term Pyrenean tree line dynamics, which won our 2019 Harper Prize. Maria also further discusses how she ended up doing this exciting research and introduces her study site in the Central Pyrenees.  Alpine ecosystems are particularly sensitive…