Virtual Issue: In Honour of Michael Hutchings

Edited by David Gibson, Richard Bardgett, Mark Rees and Amy Austin

Professor Michael (Mike) John Hutchings retired as Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Ecology at the end of 2012. Under his supervision, the Journal’s stature not only kept up with the changing landscape of scientific publishing, but grew, even eclipsing competing journals sometimes seen as more general in scope. Mike’s meticulous monitoring of how science is evaluated by scientists, lawmakers, stakeholders, and the public has led to substantive changes over the years that have made the Journal and its contents more accessible and relevant. Under Mike, the Journal has pushed ecology as a question-driven science, and has come to tackle more and more fundamental questions of interest to ecologists and managers. The Journal’s impact factor has grown, its papers are more widely cited, and the Journal has even grown to publish many more papers per year, all under his leadership. As Editor-In-Chief, Mike had the final word on virtually every manuscript submitted to the Journal during his term, and thus he has made a large mark on the science of ecology via the decision on which papers to allow to be published under the auspices of the Journal. And in this role he has also mentored the next generation of Editors and Associate Editors at the Journal. He has excelled in this latter job, for his approach has been to teach patiently, but to always expect the best.

Mike is an accomplished ecologist, and has contributed broadly to our understanding of the ecology, evolution, and conservation of herbaceous perennials. He earned his PhD at the University of East Anglia under the supervision of Dr. John P. Barkham, who shared with Mike a passion for nature, its study, and its protection. Over the years, Mike has authored or co-authored over 100 papers on topics including plant population ecology, life history theory, clonal plant integration, allometry, conservation ecology, phenotypic plasticity, and orchid ecology. Mike has collaborated with creative and resourceful ecologists throughout the world at times when doing so took great personal cost and effort, including colleagues in such countries as China, the Czech Republic, and Estonia and when international politics made those countries far less accessible than today. His work has made such fundamental contributions that its importance cannot be overstated. Indeed, many of his papers continue to be cited regularly even two or three decades after their original publication. To use the metrics of today to measure his success: at the time of writing ISI estimated that his work is cited on average ~120 times per year, and that he has earned over 4,500 citations throughout his career.

Mike’s contributions to the Journal of Ecology have been immense over the years. Prior to serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal from 2004 to 2012, he served as Associate Editor from 1985 to 1999 and as Editor from 1999-2004. His contributions to the Journal include not only nearly 30 years of editorial service, but also the publication of many of his most significant findings. Indeed, the Journal of Ecology has been Mike’s first choice for his own first-authored work. It is hard to imagine the Journal without him. We hope that readers will enjoy this Virtual Issue, which highlights the breadth of his scientific contributions to the Journal with 19 papers spanning the period from 1976 to 2012.

Richard Shefferson
Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology

Core publications by Michael Hutchings in Journal of Ecology (1976-2012)

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Gymnadenia conopsea s.l.
Tine Meekers, Michael J. Hutchings, Olivier Honnay and Hans Jacquemyn

Validation of biological collections as a source of phenological data for use in climate change studies: a case study with the orchid Ophrys sphegodes
Karen M. Robbirt, Anthony J. Davy, Michael J. Hutchings and David L. Roberts

The population biology of the early spider orchid Ophrys sphegodes Mill. III. Demography over three decades
Michael J. Hutchings

Challenging the tragedy of the commons in root competition: confounding effects of neighbour presence and substrate volume
Marina Semchenko, Michael J. Hutchihgs and Elizabeth A. John

Does pattern of soil resource heterogeneity determine plant community structure? An experimental investigation
Dushyantha K. Wijesinghe, Elizabeth A. John and Michael J. Hutchings

The effects of spatial pattern of nutrient supply on yield, structure and mortality in plant populations
Kieron J. Day, Michael J. Hutchings and Elizabeth A. John

Root system size and precision in nutrient foraging: responses to spatial pattern of nutrient supply in six herbaceous species
Dushyantha K. Wijesinghe, Elizabeth A. John, Simone Beurskens and Michael J. Hutchings

The effects of environmental heterogeneity on the performance of Glechoma hederacea: the interactions between patch contrast and patch scale
Dushyantha K. Wijesinghe and Michael J. Hutchings

Glechoma hederacea L. (Nepeta glechoma Benth., N. hederacea (L.) Trev.)
Michael J. Hutchings and Elizabeth A. C. Price

The Effects of Spatial Scale of Environmental Heterogeneity on the Growth of a Clonal Plant: An Experimental Study with Glechoma Hederacea
Dushyantha K. Wijesinghe and Michael J. Hutchings

Morphological Plasticity in Clonal Plants: The Foraging Concept Reconsidered
Hans de Kroons and Michael J. Hutchings

Exploitation of Patchily Distributed Soil Resources by the Clonal Herb Glechoma-Hederacea
C. P. D. Birch and M. J. Hutchings

Studies of Growth in the Clonal Herb Glechoma Hederacea. I. Patterns of Physiological Integration
Elizabeth A. C. Price, Christopher Marshall and Michael J. Hutchings

Clonal Integration and Plasticity in Foraging Behaviour in Glechoma Hederacea
A. J. Slade and M. J. Hutchings

The Effects of Light Intensity on Foraging in the Clonal Herb Glechoma Hederacea
 A. J. Slade and M. J. Hutchings

The Population Biology of the Early Spider Orchid, Ophrys Sphegodes Mill. I. A Demographic Study from 1975 to 1984
Michael J. Hutchings

The Effects of Nutrient Availability on Foraging in the Clonal Herb Glechoma Hederacea
Andrew J. Slade and Michael J. Hutchings

Weight-Density Relationships in Ramet Populations of Clonal Perennial Herbs, with Special Reference to the -3/2 Power Law
Michael J. Hutchings

An Investigation of Shoot Interactions in Mercurialis Perennis L., A Rhizomatous Perennial Herb
M. J. Hutchings and J. P. Barkham

Search the Site



Site Adverts