Animal Functional Traits: A Functional Ecology Special Focus

In this post, Functional Ecology provides an introduction to each article that can be found in our Animal Functional Traits Special Focus. This collection of studies shows how precise measurements of morphological or physiological traits can increase mechanistic understanding of community assembly across trophic levels, particularly of the mechanisms underpinning large-scale biodiversity patterns. Further, a clearer picture is emerging of systematic animal responses to environmental … Continue reading Animal Functional Traits: A Functional Ecology Special Focus

Pablo García-Palacios & Ji Chen: Emerging relationships among soil microbes, carbon dynamics and climate change

In this new post, Pablo García-Palacios, from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Spain, and Ji Chen from Aarhus University, Denmark, who both serve as Associate Editors for Functional Ecology, present the Special Feature ‘Emerging relationships among soil microbes, carbon dynamics and climate change’. They talk about how they conceived the Special Feature, how they selected authors and topics, and how they coordinated with the contributing … Continue reading Pablo García-Palacios & Ji Chen: Emerging relationships among soil microbes, carbon dynamics and climate change