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…

Marine Plant Ecology

Earlier this week Journal of Ecology published a new Virtual Issue on Freshwater Plant Ecology, which you can read in full here. In this post Rich Shefferson shares a selection of recent marine plant articles! The featured papers fall into four key research themes: Population, Community, Ecosystem & Evolution. I suppose I am not alone…

Cover Stories: Issue 108 Volume 1

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Robert Streit. Here Robert and co-authors, Sterling Tebbett and David Bellwood, discuss the story behind this amazing underwater photograph. This photo relates to recently their published research article “A 3D perspective on sediment accumulation in algal turfs: Implications of coral reef flattening“ Images of coral…

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,…