Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 6

The Editor’s Choice article for Volume 108, Issue 6 of Journal of Ecology is “Causes and consequences of liana infestation in southern Amazonia” by Reis et al. Here we highlight the key findings of this research, which evaluated the potential for lianas in southern Amazonia to reduce forest growth rates.  Lianas are a key component of…

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…

Cover stories: Volume 108 Issue 6

The cover image for our new issue was taken by David Cappaert and shows a sweat bee and the blister beetle on the flower of a cutleaf silverpuff (Microseris laciniata). This image relates to the article Experimental shifts in exotic flowering phenology produce strong indirect effects on native plant reproductive success by Waters, Chen & Hille Ris…

Distinct annual seasonality in Bornean tropical rain forests

Authors Kanehiro Kitayama, Masayuki Ushio & Shin‐Ichiro Aiba discuss their recently published Journal of Ecology article: Temperature is a dominant driver of distinct annual seasonality of leaf litter production of equatorial tropical rain forests Find out more about this driver of annual seasonality in tropical rain forests and discover the future implications of this research.…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 5

The Editor’s Choice article for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue Volume 108 Issue 5 is “Palms and trees resist extreme drought in Amazon forests with shallow water tables” by Sousa et al. Here handling Editor, Crystal McMichael highlights the key findings of this research and explores the question “is the Amazon more resilient to drought than previously…

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…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 4

How Will Climate Change Affect Community Stability? There’s a great deal of concern and uncertainty over the patterns and causal mechanisms that underlie community grassland change in response to climate change (Ratajczak & Ladwig 2019). Experimental work is needed to better understand the potentially synergistic effects of global change stressors on stability of grasslands. In…

Harper Prize Shortlist 2019: Ole Petter Laksforsmo Vindstad

The Journal of Ecology article “Can novel pest outbreaks drive ecosystem transitions in northern‐boreal birch forest?” was shortlisted for the Harper Prize early researcher award earlier this spring. In this blog post, first author Ole Petter Laksforsmo Vindstad explains how the emergence of novel climate-driven outbreaks by phytophagous insects came to define the trajectory of…

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…

Cover Story and Editor’s Choice: Volume 108 Issue 2

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Philippe Cohen. This photo relates to research article: Fire history and plant community composition outweigh decadal multi‐factor global change as drivers of microbial composition in an annual grassland by Qin, Zhu, Chiariello, Field & Peay. This article was also selected as the Editor’s Choice paper for…