Functional Ecologists - A blog for the people behind the research

Official blog of Functional Ecology, a British Ecological Society journal

About Us

FunctionalEcologists.com is the official blog of Functional Ecology, a journal of the British Ecological Society. This blog looks at the work (and the people at work) behind the published research.

What we publish

InSite/Out
In our Insite/Out column, we follow four ecologists from different fields in their daily work. These researchers take us along the ups and downs of their field and lab work. As well as our regular contributors, we also publish field-to-lab stories from other ecologists.

Insights
In Insights, researchers tell us the story behind a recent publication in Functional Ecology: what inspired the authors to do the research, how project developed and what wider impact might the work have.

Hindsight
In this series, researchers highlight a historical piece of research that was -and is- significant to them, looking at both classic and forgotten papers, and explore how past research shapes our current knowledge

Community+Ecology
This section looks at community news and events, including conference reports, awards and general updates from the world of ecological research.

Journal Content
This section is for news directly related to the journal Functional Ecology, including new issues, special features, awards, policies and editorial board changes.

Who We Are

 Bjorn Robroek – Blog Editor

Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

Bjorn is a plant ecologist interested in the interactions between plant communities and belowground (microbial) communities, and the role of these interactions on carbon and nutrient cycles. Recently he placed a lot of effort in studying plant-soil interactions in winter. His current research focus is on understanding the robustness of plant-soil-microbe interactions along environmental gradients. Bjorn has a primary focus on peatlands, but has worked in mountain and alpine grasslands as well.

Jennifer Meyer – Senior Assistant Editor

Jennifer is the senior assistant editor for Functional Ecology. Jennifer is responsible for coordinating the peer review process for Functional Ecology, managing the editorial board,and maintaining our social media presence via twitter and  facebook and runs Functional Ecology’s plain language summary blog. Jennifer also produces and runs workshops on publishing and peer review for researchers. Jennifer previously worked at Nature as part of the Editorial, News, Comment and Online team.

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