Cover stories: Volume 109 Issue 6

The cover image for our June issue shows white pine trees at the oldest forest research plot in Canada – this species being considered for assisted migration efforts in this region. This image relates to the research article: Critical seed transfer distances for selected tree species in eastern North America by Pedlar, McKenney & Lu. Lead author, John…

Atul Joshi – Harper Prize Winner

Throughout the last month, we have been featuring all the articles that were shortlisted for the Harper Prize 2020. The Harper Prize is an annual award for the best early career research paper published in Journal of Ecology. Here we hear more from Atul Joshi, who was jointly awarded this year’s prize alongside Blanca Arroyo-Correa! About me I grew…

Australia’s giant forests may become increasingly at risk with climate change —What should we do?

Newly published article, finds that among Australian tall wet eucalypt forest, severe fires are likelier in hotter, drier climates – suggesting vulnerability to climate change: “Bioclimatic drivers of fire severity across the Australian geographical range of giant Eucalyptus forests” by Furlaud, Prior, Williamson & Bowman. Here, authors James Furlaud and David Bowman discuss their research…

Cover stories: Volume 109 Issue 3

The cover image for our March issue shows Letharia vulpina, a lichen typical of high‐altitude forests in the Alps. Author and photographer, Juri Nascimbene, and lead author, Hugo Saiz, share the story behind this image and their related research article “Networks of epiphytic lichens and host trees along elevation gradients: Climate change implications in mountain…

World Wildlife Day 2021: Forests and Livelihoods

3rd March is World Wildlife Day! For 2021, World Wildlife Day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, as a way to highlight the central role of forests in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties…

Is resprouting a persistence trait in tropical forests?

Author James Dalling discusses recent paper “Nutrient availability predicts multiple stem frequency, an indicator of species resprouting capacity in tropical forests” by Heineman, Turner and Dalling. Read on to find out more about variations in the resprouting ability of tropical trees. The life of a tree is seldom the unobstructed path of a single stem…

Keep your forests tight with pedunculate oak

In this latest Author Blog, Lionel R. Hertzog and Michael P. Perring discuss their recent paper: ‘Overstorey composition shapes across-trophic level community relationships in deciduous forest regardless of fragmentation context.’ Community ecology is complex; some even say that it is a mess (Lawton, 1999). After all, everything apparently depends on everything else in diffuse ways.…

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…