What drives biodiversity patterns?

Jessie Woodbridge discusses research recently published in the Journal of Ecology: “What drives biodiversity patterns? Using long-term multi-disciplinary data to discern centennial-scale change” Find out more about the research that reveals relationships between human population change, insect faunal group turnover, pollen diversity and climate trends through the Holocene. Biodiversity plays an important role in ecosystem…

Reflections on the Festival of Ecology

It’s hard to believe that it has been a month since the Festival of Ecology! Like many other participants (if the Functional Ecology Twitter poll is an accurate representation), I was mixing my normal work with attending some of the online conference events of BES 2020. During the main festival, I caught some of the…

Happy National Tree Week!

Last week was National Tree Week. The UK has celebrated National Tree Week as the start of the tree planting season since 1975. It is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. We took to Twitter to ask for your most fascinating tree facts. Here are some of our favourites. North American fagaceae retain their leaves…

Many Paths to Intermediate Symbiont Prevalence

Lead author Marion Donald discusses her recently published Journal of Ecology article: Context-dependent variability in the population prevalence and individual fitness effects of plant-fungal symbiosis. Find out more about about this investigation into intermediate symbiont prevalence. Microbial symbionts are common partners of nearly every macro-organism on Earth. While some symbioses are deeply integrated, rendering them…

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…