Daniel Zuleta: Do small-scale changes in topography affect functional trait variability in an aseasonal Amazon forest?

In our newest post Daniel Zuleta—a postdoc researcher at Smithsonian ForestGEO—presents his last work ‘Interspecific and intraspecific variation of tree branch, leaf, and stomatal traits in relation to topography in an aseasonal Amazon forest’. He presents the huge Amacayacu Forest Dynamics Plot, findings about the major impact that tree size exerts on tree functional traits, and how he changed his interests from forest plantations industry … Continue reading Daniel Zuleta: Do small-scale changes in topography affect functional trait variability in an aseasonal Amazon forest?

Luca Carisio: How much nectar is produced when the effect of flower-visiting insects is considered?

About the paper Our paper describes how to estimate the nutritional contribution of plants to pollinators and to other flower-visiting insects. The nutritional contribution of plants to pollinators is usually estimated by measuring—using a mesh bag—the nectar volume produced by flowers isolated for a 24 h period from flower-visiting insects. Many studies adopted this 24 h measure as a proxy of plant nectar production. When … Continue reading Luca Carisio: How much nectar is produced when the effect of flower-visiting insects is considered?

Writefull trial announced on Functional Ecology

We are delighted to announce that we have integrated the language editing software, Writefull, into the online submission system of Functional Ecology.   Writefull is an automatic proofing and editing AI tool trained on published articles from STEM subject areas. It screens text for correctness of grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation, as well more subtle language issues such as style, word order, and phrasing. Submitting authors will be … Continue reading Writefull trial announced on Functional Ecology

Piatã Marques: It is time for efficient diversity actions in academia

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. The theme for UK Black History Month this year is Time for Change: Action Not Words. Piatã Marques—an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and mentor at the Odu initiative—is an Urban Ecologist that is … Continue reading Piatã Marques: It is time for efficient diversity actions in academia

Nyeema Harris: The reward of choosing passion over precedent

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. The theme for UK Black History Month this year is Time for Change: Action Not Words. Nyeema C. Harris—Director of the Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab in the Yale School of the Environment, USA—shares her story below.                                 Some choices in … Continue reading Nyeema Harris: The reward of choosing passion over precedent

BES Collaborates with The Root Of The Science Podcast for a special panel discussion with Daniel Pauly, Nasiphi Bitani, and Mthokosizi Moyo for BHM 2022

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. The theme for UK Black History Month this year is Time for Change: Action Not Words. In this very special podcast episode, British Ecological Society Journals podcast is collaborating with Anne Chisa, host of The Root Of The Science Podcast, to produce a … Continue reading BES Collaborates with The Root Of The Science Podcast for a special panel discussion with Daniel Pauly, Nasiphi Bitani, and Mthokosizi Moyo for BHM 2022

Jeanelle Brisbane: Building on-island capacity as the foundation for conservation success

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. The theme for UK Black History Month this year is Time for Change: Action Not Words. Jeanelle Brisbane—a wildlife ecologist at WildDominique and the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, Dominica—shares her story below. How did you get into ecology? My … Continue reading Jeanelle Brisbane: Building on-island capacity as the foundation for conservation success

Juliano Morais: What is the fate of coral colonies after death? An Investigation into the erosion of dead coral colonies

In our latest post, Juliano Morais—a PhD candidate at James Cook University, Australia—presents his new work ‘On the fate of dead coral colonies’. In this blogpost, Juliano discusses the importance of erosion for coral reef survival and encourages non-native language speakers to be bold and start a career in ecology.   About the paper Carbonate budgets dynamically balance production and loss of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) … Continue reading Juliano Morais: What is the fate of coral colonies after death? An Investigation into the erosion of dead coral colonies

Warren Sconiers: A winding, unexpected to path of discovery through research and teaching

For Black History Month, the British Ecological Society (BES) journals are celebrating the work of Black ecologists from around the world and sharing their stories. The theme for UK Black History Month this year is Time for Change: Action Not Words. Warren Sconiers—an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder interested in plant-insect interactions, insect ecology, and climate change—shares his story below. Since I … Continue reading Warren Sconiers: A winding, unexpected to path of discovery through research and teaching

Filipa Coutinho Soares: Island bird communities are becoming similar after extinctions and introductions

In this new post, Dr. Filipa Coutinho Soares—a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Lisbon, Portugal—discusses her recently accepted paper, “Bird extinctions and introductions are causing taxonomic and functional homogenization in oceanic islands”. About the paper In our paper, we explore if bird extinctions and introductions driven by human activities are causing bird communities of oceanic islands to become taxonomically and functionally homogenized. In … Continue reading Filipa Coutinho Soares: Island bird communities are becoming similar after extinctions and introductions