How do tree fern understories impact conifer–angiosperm forest dynamics?

Brock et al. recently published their new article “The hare, tortoise and crocodile revisited: Tree fern facilitation of conifer persistence and angiosperm growth in simulated forests” in Journal of Ecology. Author James Brock discusses this research in more detail and explains how tree fern understories are important determinants of forest structure. Establishing how conifers compete…

Seed masting and fire disturbance synchronisation in white spruce

David Ascoli, Andrew Hacket-Pain, … & Giorgio Vacchiano just had their paper entitled “Climate teleconnections synchronize Picea glauca masting and fire disturbance: Evidence for a fire‐related form of environmental prediction” published in Journal of Ecology (DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.13308). In this blog post, David explains how seed masting in white spruce (Picea glauca) matches fire disturbance and can be…

Cover Stories: Issue 107 Volume 6

The cover image for Journal of Ecology’s latest issue was taken by Johan Martinelli. Here Johan retells the story behind capturing this incredible reindeer photograph. This photo relates to recently published research article “Experimental evidence of the long‐term effects of reindeer on Arctic vegetation greenness and species richness at a larger landscape scale” by Sundqvist et al. I…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 107 Issue 6

The Editor’s Choice article for Volume 107 Issue 6 is a study by Quintana‐Ascencio et al., which looks at the role of seed dormancy, dispersal and fire history on plant population dynamics, distribution and abundance. Associate Editor, Shurong Zhou, discusses this new research paper in more detail. Biodiversity conservation and management depend on our understanding of population dynamics at…

Volume 107 Issue 6

Volume 107 Issue 6 of Journal of Ecology is now available online! Our latest issue features papers ranging from patterns of nitrogen‐fixing tree abundance, to floral volatiles and biocrust‐plant interactions. The Editor’s Choice paper for this issue is “Assessing the roles of seed bank, seed dispersal and historical disturbances for metapopulation persistence of a pyrogenic herb” by…

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…