The 20th May marks world bee day, an opportunity for all of us to appreciate these little creatures that make our modern food economy possible. Bees are extremely valuable as pollinators and ecosystem services, but they are also fascinating creatures in their own right with complex social structures and communication methods. Here, we’ve curated our favourite bee-based research from Functional Ecology, as well as some … Continue reading World bee day 2021: bee research collection
The Haldane Prize is awarded by the British Ecological Society each year for the best paper in Functional Ecology written by an early career author. The winner of the Haldane Prize 2020 is Renato Morais with his fantastic paper on coral reef energetic shifts following natural disaster. Severe coral loss shifts energetic dynamics on a coral reef – Renato A. Morais – read the blog behind the … Continue reading 2020 Haldane Prize Shortlist: Functional Ecology’s Award for Early Career Researchers
Adam is an ecologist interested in plant-microbe and plant-insect interactions. His research investigates plant defences against herbivores, the ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and everything in-between. He usually employs experimental approaches in controlled environment (glasshouse/growth chamber) and field studies to tease apart the functional ecology of the interactions between mycorrhizal fungi, plants, and herbivores. He recently took up an ongoing position at the University of … Continue reading Meet the editors: Adam Frew
Sandra is an evolutionary ecologist deeply interested in understanding how plants interact with their environment, linking aboveground and belowground processes. Specifically, she explores the relationships between plants, mycorrhizal fungi, pollinators and herbivores. She is particularly interested in the evolution and maintenance of sexually dimorphic plant breeding systems, and how these systems and their associates are impacted by climate change. She combines observational approaches with manipulative … Continue reading Meet the editors: Sandra Varga
Is there a trend in your field that is missing in-depth reviews or where new concepts are being developed? Perhaps you are organising or have recently organised a symposium, the topic of which needs more thorough discussion – and a wider audience.Continue reading “Submit a special feature proposal to Functional Ecology!”
Find our podcasts on apple, spotify and stitcher, or your favourite podcast app. “It seems that both groups are picking the flowers when they’re feeding – they’re walking about and you can see them pick flower after flower after flower after flower.” In this podcast, Jurene Kemp talks about her paper, Cryptic petal coloration decreases floral apparency and herbivory in nocturnally closing daisies – recently … Continue reading “Both groups are picking the flowers when they’re feeding – they’re walking about and you can see them pick flower after flower after flower after flower.” Jurene Kemp talks to Ken Thompson in our new podcast!
“Breaking down leaves is basically hard work, so if the fungi have the option of an easier life, they take it?” Continue reading “Breaking down leaves is basically hard work, so if the fungi have the option of an easier life, they take it?” Ken Thompson interviews Hal Halvorson in our new podcast
The Haldane Prize is awarded by the British Ecological Society each year for the best paper in Functional Ecology written by an early career author. Today, we are pleased to present the shortlisted papers for this year’s award (from the 2019 volume of Functional Ecology). This year’s shortlisted candidates are: A trait-based framework for understanding predator-prey relationships: trait matching between a specialist snake and its … Continue reading 2019 Haldane Prize Shortlist: Functional Ecology’s Award for Early Career Researchers
From the 5th of September 2019, Functional Ecology will be running an experiment looking at the effects of single-blind vs double-blind review In this post, Chuck Fox, Executive Editor for Functional Ecology, explains why.
by Chuck Fox, Executive Editor of Functional EcologyContinue reading “Single vs double-blind peer review: an experiment”
Matthias Schleuning is a Senior Scientist at Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), Germany, and an Associate Editor for Functional Ecology. In this post, he talks about a recent panel he took part in at the year’s Macroecology Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.