Special Feature: Is phylogenetic and functional trait diversity a driver or a consequence of grassland community assembly?

The latest issue of Journal of Ecology includes a Special Feature guest edited by Nicholas Barber, David Gibson and Holly Jones. Below, Holly discusses the inspiration behind the Special Feature & summarises each of the research articles. When scientists think of healthy ecosystems, they often think of ecosystems that have lots of different species.  Diverse ecosystems are more resilient,…

Randomness in community structure

Gretchen Brownstein and company have an accepted paper in the Journal titled “Chance in plant communities: a new approach to its measurement using the nugget from spatial autocorrelation “.  Read the abstract here. The authors have provided a short synopsis of the paper and a photo of one of their study sites on the South Island, New Zealand.