Dramatic biodiversity changes threaten Mediterranean coastal dune habitats

Marta Gaia Sperandii discusses her recently published Journal of Ecology article: Getting the measure of the biodiversity crisis in Mediterranean coastal habitats Find out more about taxonomic and functional trends they observed in coastal dune systems in Central Italy and the importance of their findings for conserving dune ecosystems. Coastal dunes are certainly considered among…

Estelle Raveloaritiana: reconciling land-use change and biodiversity conservation in Madagascar

Estelle Raveloaritiana is a Malagsy ecologist, currently studying in Germany. Her research aims to discover how land-use change affects plant diversity in Madagascar. Estelle emphasises the importance of considering and consulting local communities when conducting ecological research. Estelle’s post is part of the BES journal’s Black History Month blog series, which will be taking place throughout…

Cover Stories: Volume 108 Issue 4

The cover image for our new issue shows a native New Zealand bee, visiting the flowers of an alien creeping thistle. Author and photographer, Carine Emer shares her insight into the ecology of New Zealand, this captivating photograph and her related research paper: Alien plants and flower visitors disrupt the seasonal dynamics of mutualistic networks by Arroyo‐Correa, Burkle…

Fire as a fundamental ecological process

“Fire as a fundamental ecological process: Research advances and frontiers” by McLauchlan et al. is the newest essay review to be published in Journal of Ecology. In this blog post, authors S. Yoshi Maezumi, Jessica R. Miesel, Philip E. Higuera and Leda Kobziar summarise the recent advances and frontiers in fire ecology research, within the…

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…

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…