In the journal

Functional Ecology 33x01 coverIssue 33×01 is out now, with our new editorial, Double‐blind peer review—An experiment, two Perspective papers (Why are plant–soil feedbacks so unpredictable, and what to do about it? and Potentials and pitfalls in the analysis of bipartite networks to understand plant–microbe interactions in changing environments), plus papers on Plant–Animal Interactions, Animal Physiological Ecologyand Ecosystem Ecology.

The cover shows a female and male damselfly, Chlorolestes tesselatus (photo credit: Erik Svensson). The male has black‐and‐white wing patches, whereas the female has completely transparent wings. This difference presumably reflects sexual selection on males, but we know little about how fast sexual dimorphism evolves and its ecological consequences in natural populations. This topic is discussed in Svensson’s paper “Eco‐evolutionary dynamics of sexual selection and sexual conflict”, in this issue and part of the special feature: Eco‐Evolutionary Dynamics Across Scales, joint with Journal of Animal Ecology.

On the blog

12 Months in Ecology – a reading list from #BES2018

Insight: What dictates when a nestling leaves the nest?

We’re also looking for a new blog editor. You can find out more about the role and apply here.

And if you missed the British Ecological Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting (or went, and are just feeling a bit nostalgic), Associate Editor Julia Koricheva, AE Mentee Kristen Crandell (Associate editor mentee) and Senior Editor Lara Ferry took over the @FunEcology twitter on day 1, day 2 and day 3.

 

Elsewhere

The latest from the BES Guides to Better Science: Promoting your research. With advice on working with press offices, journalists, social media, digital media and more, this primer is designed to help people at all career stages find the best way to promote their research. You can grab the pdf version of this guide (and our previous guides) from the British Ecological Society website.

Managing Stress in Academia: Tools and Suggestions (Methods.blog)

Plus all of this month’s new plain language summaries over on our summaries blog.

And podcasts for FE and all the other British Ecological Society journals: