Can we use remote sensing technology as a practical short-cut to explore trait-mediated ecosystem functioning impacts?

Author Kenny Helsen discusses recently published Journal of Ecology article: Optical traits perform equally well as directly‐measured functional traits in explaining the impact of an invasive plant on litter decomposition by Helsen et al. Discover whether the optical traits of an invasive plant species can be used to explain their ecosystem impacts. Is the data…

Disentangling how alien species shape the seasonal dynamics of plant-pollinator communities

“Alien plants and flower visitors disrupt the seasonal dynamics of mutualistic networks” by Arroyo-Correa, Burkle & Emer has just been published in Journal of Ecology. This study provides one of the first empirical reports of alien species shaping the seasonal dynamics of plant–flower visitor networks. Author, Blanca Arroyo-Correa, provides further insight into this research. The…

Green turtle grazing and seagrass carbon capture across Caribbean meadows

Journal of Ecology recently published an exciting new research paper by Johnson et al. “Seagrass ecosystem metabolic carbon capture in response to green turtle grazing across Caribbean meadows.” Author Robert Johnson discusses this research in more detail and presents further insights into how green turtle grazing affects carbon dynamics, within seagrass ecosystems. Green turtle abundance is…

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…

Steve Hovick – Predicting invasiveness using a multivariate experimental approach

In the next Journal of Ecology podcast I interview Steve Hovick about his paper exploring prediction of invasiveness in plants using traits based on an ordination approach, accounting simultaneously for many traits.  Check out the paper in the journal here.  This interview took place on 20 November, 2012. As always let us know what you think in the comments…

Interview with Lauren Urgenson

In the next Journal of Ecology podcast I interview Lauren Urgensonabout her paper showing that an invasive plant species (Polygonum X bohemicum; bohemian knotweed) has different effects on plants of different seral stages. Check out the paper in the journal here.  This interview took place at ESA 2012 in Portland, OR. As always let us know what you…