Peer Review Week 2019: Thank you, reviewers!

To celebrate Peer Review Week 2019 we would like to recognise the efforts of every single person who provided a review for Journal of Ecology this year! Peer Review Week (16-20 September 2019) is a global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific excellence. The theme for this year’s Peer Review…

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,…

Volume 107 Issue 5

Volume 107 Issue 5 of Journal of Ecology is now available online! The latest issue of Journal of Ecology includes a special feature titled  “Is Phylogenetic and Functional Trait Diversity a Driver or a Consequence of Grassland Community Assembly?” This special feature was compiled by our guest editors:Nicholas Barber (San Diego State University, USA), David Gibson (Southern Illinois University…

Do latex and resin spur diversification? Re-examining a classic example of escape-and-radiate coevolution

Michael Foisy and colleagues contributed a paper to our latest special feature: Macroevolutionary perspectives on biotic interactions. Find out more about their paper below. A brief history of the project When an insect chomps on a plant, sometimes the plant tissue will release latex or resin – a “goo” that can be toxic, difficult to digest,…

Reflecting on ESA2016 ‘Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene’: Three Ecologists Provide Contrasting Perspectives.

Traveling back from the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, I was struck by how well the meeting theme ‘Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene’ resonated through the presentations (a second theme was seafood – see below). Not all, but a large number of organized sessions and symposia were organized around the meeting theme such…

Harper Review 2016 – meet the author

This year we published the first of our annual Harper Review series. The series is named after past BES President and Journal of Ecology Editorial Board member, the late John L. Harper CBE FRS and is designed to be thought provoking, authoritative and of broad interest to the ecological community. Our inaugural review was written by…

Press Release: The oceans are full of barriers for small organisms

A new study from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen, published in Journal of Ecology today, shows that small changes in ocean salinity and temperature can significantly affect the distribution and diversity of phytoplankton. The paper was written by Mousing et al. and is titled; Evidence of small-scale spatial structuring of phytoplankton alpha-…

New Faces Behind the Scenes

The Journal of Ecology team is pleased to welcome Emilie Aimé and James Ross, two new faces to Charles Darwin House, the London-based BES Office. Below is a short bio penned by each of them. Authors and reviewers will mostly be working with James who has replaced Lauren Sandhu as Assistant Editor. We were sad…