David J. Gibson (Executive Editor)
Professor of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University, USA
Twitter: @DavidJohnGibson

David’s research encompasses all aspects of plant population and community ecology, especially in temperate grassland, deciduous forest, or agroecosystems. Foci include invasive species, rare species, restoration ecology, seeking to understand the spatial and temporal patterns and processes underlying plant interactions, the role of dominant plants, and the effects of intraspecific variation.

Richard D. Bardgett
Professor of Ecology at The University of Manchester, UK

Richard’s research is concerned with understanding the roles that linkages between aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, and their response to global change. Much of his current research is focussed on understanding the role that plant-soil interactions play in the delivery of ecosystem services, especially soil carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling.

Mark Rees
Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Sheffield, UK
Twitter: @ProfMRees

Mark is interested in a wide range of ecological and evolutionary problems. He uses a range of approaches from simple analytical models, through to evolutionarily stable strategy models for the evolution of plant traits and more complex structured models, in particular integral projection models. These more complex models allow individuals within the population to be characterised by multiple traits, density dependent interactions between individuals, and stochasticity in the environment. These models have been used to address a range of life-history problems using field data to parameterise the models. In a more applied setting Mark has used models to explore the dynamics and control of invasive weeds. In addition to this he is also interested in statistical estimation problems related to the analysis and interpretation of ecological experiments. Recent work has focussed on the analysis and interpretation of growth experiment and methods for linking seed and seedling traits.

Amy T. Austin
Assistant Professor of Ecology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Amy's broad scale research interests are in the area of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, particularly related to abiotic and biotic controls on ecosystem processes. Amy's field sites cover a range of natural and human modified ecosystems in Patagonia, Argentina where she is esearching controls on litter decomposition, biogeochemical cycles, natural abundance of stable isotopes, and the potential impacts of global change in a range of grassland and forest ecosystems.

Anthony J. Davy (Biological Flora of the British Isles)
Professor of Ecology at the University of East Anglia, UK

Tony's research focuses mainly on plant ecology in coastal and aquatic systems, ecological restoration and conservation, frequently involving population-based and eco-physiological studies that are aimed a both the advancement of ecological understanding and its practical application. Much of his work is designed to provide scientific under-pinning for species conservation for or the reconstruction of degraded ecosystems.


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Associate Editors

Rien Aerts (Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Peter Alpert (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Peter’s current research focuses on the ecology of introduced, invasive plants, including environmental controls of invasiveness; and on the biology of clonal plants, especially the physiological basis and community ecology of vegetative spread. His past research experience includes work on desiccation tolerance in bryophytes. Peter has also pursued an interest in science for policy through work on integrated conservation and development projects at the U.S. Agency for International Development and membership on the U.S. Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and in policy for science as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Ignasi Bartomeus (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain)
Twitter: @ibartomeus
Ignasi's research focuses on how different drivers of global change are affecting ecosystem functioning, and how biodiversity can buffer these effects. That includes different lines of research, including biological invasion effects on plant-pollinatior networks, climate change effects on plant and bee phenologies, native biotic resistance to invasive species or the maintenance of ecosystem services, like pollination, in agroecosystems.

Peter J. Bellingham (Landcare Research, New Zealand)

Stephen P. Bonser (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Caroline Brophy (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)

Yvonne Buckley (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

James F. Cahill (University of Alberta, Canada)

Charlie D. Canham (Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA)

Walter Carson (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

David Coomes (University of Cambridge, UK)

Hans J.H.C. Cornelissen (Free University, The Netherlands)
Hans’ central research theme focuses on the amount that the functional biodiversity of ecosystems, through the traits of their component plant species and types, control carbon, nutrient and water cycling in different biomes of the world feeds back to climate.

Will K. Cornwell (The University of New South Wales, Australia)

Ellen Damschen (UW-Madison, USA)

Gerlinde Barbra de Deyn (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Gerlinde’s research is focussed on plant-soil interactions in the context of plant diversity, plant productivity and plant-soil feedbacks through herbivorous, pathogenic, mutualistic and saprophytic interactions with soil micro-organisms and the modification of the abiotic soil environment. Her broad interest lies in the coupling between community compositions of plants and soil biota (especially from a functional trait point of view) and the ecosystem processes they govern, such as plant succession, soil carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling.

Franciska De Vries (The University of Manchester, UK)
Twitter: @frantecol, @BESPlantSoilEco
Franciska’s research interests are focussed on the effects of land use and climate change on soil biodiversity, and subsequently on the effects of changes in soil biodiversity on ecosystem processes. She is particularly interested in how plants and soil microbial communities interact under these changing circumstances, and how this influences ecosystem processes like nutrient and carbon cycling. Some past and current research topics are the retention of nitrogen in terrestrial ecosystems; indirect, plant-mediated, climate change effects on soil organisms and their functioning; fundamental controls on the stability of soil communities and their functioning; and incorporating this knowledge into sustainable farming systems.

Franciska is also Secretary of the BES special interest group Plants, Soils, Ecosystems.

Andrew R. Dyer (University of South Carolina Aiken, USA)
Andy is interested in the seed ecology of invasive plants, particularly annual grasses (Aegilops, Avena, Bromus) and nutsedges (Cyperus). Most of the research focus is on population-level variation in patterns of induced dormancy, germination plasticity relative to seed size variation, and trans-generational effects with the goal of understanding better how these traits invasiveness. 

Jason Fridley
(Syracuse University, USA)
Jason studies the assembly of plant communities and how assembly processes influence ecosystem functioning. Much of his research has a biogeographic context and involves aspects of biological invasions and global change.


 Frank S. Gilliam (Marshall University, USA)
Frank’s research interests perhaps can be described best as broad-based within the general area of plant ecology, as may be seen in his publication record, with papers published in nearly 30 different journals. Most of what Frank does lies at the boundary between the levels of terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the movement and cycling of plant nutrients within terrestrial ecosystems. Directly related to this are interests in fire ecology and the effects of fire on nutrient cycling and on plants and soils in fire-prone ecosystems. Also related to his ecosystem approach to ecological research is an interest in atmospheric deposition and precipitation chemistry. This interest has led to the study of pollutant conditions (acid deposition and ozone) in forested areas. Frank’s interests at the level of the plant community are focused predominantly on forest community ecology. He is particularly interested in secondary succession and the species dynamics of the herbaceous layer of forests, as well as the variety of biotic and abiotic factors that influence species composition and change within this vegetation stratum. His future research plans reflect extensions of previous work in the following three areas: (1) vegetation dynamics in forest ecosystems, (2) nitrogen dynamics of forest ecosystems, and (3) species composition and stand structure in old-growth longleaf pine forests.

Lorena Gómez-Aparicio (Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología (IRNAS-CSIC), Spain)

Dali Guo (Peking University, China)

Matt Heard (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK)

Martin Heil (CINVESTAV - Irapuato, Mexico)

Hans Jacquemyn (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Robert H. Jones (Clemson University, USA)
Robert's interests lie broadly with forest ecology and more specifically with diversity of forest understories, root foraging behavior, below-ground herbivory, soil heterogeneity, and the interactions of all of these on plant-plant interactions.

Eelke Jongejans (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Eelke’s research focuses on the impact of environmental drivers on spatial population dynamics. He wants to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes at the individual level integrate and scale-up to population dynamics. Eelke is especially interested in ecological frameworks and models that can augment the scientific underpinning of conservation, harvest and control management.

Hans de Kroon (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Hans' research focusses on plant individuals and how their properties influence plant interactions, population dynamics and community processes. In his experimental work he predominantly focusses in root traits and interactions with soil abiotic and biotic conditions. Population modelling studies are carried to elucidate the bottlenecks for success or failure of populations. Both experimental and modelling studies are increasingly framed in the context of species coexistence mechanisms and community performance.

Jennifer Lau (Michigan State University, USA)
Jennifer’s research investigates how plants and the microbes, herbivores, and pollinators with which they interact with respond to human-caused environmental changes, including global warming, nitrogen deposition, and increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Her work uses quantitative genetic analyses to predict how environmental change will affect the evolution of plants and experimental evolution studies to test for rapid evolutionary responses to global change. Her work suggests that species interactions play a key role in mediating evolutionary responses to global change.

Sandra Lavorel (Université Joseph Fourier, France)

John A. Lee (University of Sheffield, UK)

Michelle Leishman (Macquarie University, Australia)
Michelle’s research focuses on plant functional traits and ecological strategies of plants. She is particularly interested in understanding the success of invasive plants, vegetation responses to elevated carbon dioxide and climate change, and restoration ecology. Members of Michelle’s research group work on the functional role of plant silicon, interactions between invasive plants and soil microbial communities, bioclimatic modelling of potential environmental weeds under climate change, the effect of climatic extremes on vegetation communities and riparian restoration.

Andrew MacDougall (University of Guelph, Canada)

Richard N. Mack (Washington State University, USA)
Dick’s research has been largely devoted to the ecology of invasive species. Much of his research has dealt with the aggressive invader, Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass or downy brome) in the Intermountain West (USA). He has also investigated plant invasions in Hawaii, the southeastern U.S. and China. He is particularly interested in the population biology (including the immigration, demography, competition, and ecological genetics) of plant invaders and their environmental effects. He has framed much of his research with the goal of addressing applied aspects of combating invasive species, including the prediction of future invasive species and their early detection and eradication.

Glenn R. Matlack (Ohio University, USA)

Matthew McGlone (Landcare Research, New Zealand)

Liesje Mommer (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

Gabriela Bielefeld Nardoto (Universidade de Brasília, Brazil)

Jonathan A. Newman (University of Guelph, Canada)
Jonathan uses mathematical modelling and lab and field studies to predict the biological impacts of climate change. He also has research interests in plant-animal interactions, herbivore population dynamics and behaviour, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function, and insect community structure.

Christer Nilsson (Umea University, Sweden)
Christer is particularly interested in how ecosystem processes govern riparian and aquatic plant communities. His current research focuses on the ecological effects of stream restoration and on the biological impacts of climate change, mainly in northern regions with long winters. Christer also studies ecological interactions between landscape elements, especially the role of streams and rivers in dispersing seeds across landscapes.
Ryan Phillips (Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Australia)

Frida Piper (CIEP, Chile)
Frida is a plant ecophysiologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary significance of resource allocation in plants. Frida has a special interest in plant carbon balance and how it relates to plant morphology and physiology, species distribution, community assemblage, and stress tolerance. The systems that have captured her attention so far, and on which she develops most of her ongoing research, are the alpine treeline, the evergreen temperate rainforest, and the deciduous forests of Nothofagus. All these study systems occur where Frida lives, in the centre of the Chilean Patagonia (~45°S).

Alison Power (Cornell University, USA)

Honor C. Prentice (Lund University, Sweden)
Honor’s current research centres on the mechanisms involved in the maintenance or loss of biodiversity on different scales – from genes and populations to species and landscapes. Much of her work focuses on semi-natural grassland ecosystems and the old cultural landscape on the Baltic island of Öland. She also has a long-standing interest in patterns of differentiation, evolution and systematics within the genus Silene

Chris Preston (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK) - Biological Flora

Michael Proctor (University of Exeter, UK) - Biological Flora

Nicole Rafferty (University of Arizona, USA)
Nicole’s research investigates the ways in which species interactions, particularly plant-pollinator interactions, are influenced by environmental conditions. Most of her research focuses on the consequences of climate change-induced shifts in the timing of life history events. She uses a combination of historical phenological data, experimental manipulations of phenology, and field observations of existing variation in flowering time to understand how interactions between plants and pollinators, and the ecosystem service they provide, are likely to be affected by climate change.

Roberto Salguero-Gómez (University of Queensland, Australia)
Rob integrates research questions in ecology and evolutionary biology by using a variety of methods that include histology, plant ecophysiology, demographic discrete and continuous models, and comparative biology. His research focuses mostly on the exploration of strategies that allow organisms to survive in arid environments, particularly in the light of climate change, and the conditions under which organisms can slow down or even escape demographic senescence. He works primarily on plants, but has recently started to extend his comparative demographic approaches to animals and fungi too.

Akiko Satake (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Akiko studies diverse aspects of biological systems using mathematical and computational approaches. She is interested in exploring mechanisms of reproductive synchrony in plant populations, molecular mechanism of flowering time, forest dynamics, human and animal decision-making using non-linear dynamics, lattice models, game theory, and learning theory.

Susan Schwinning (Texas State University, USA)
Susan is interested in the processes of competition, primary production and coexistence for plants in water-limited environments. Trained originally as a plant physiological ecologist, her research now spans the range from field studies with applied focus (e.g., invasive species control) to models of plant competition, coexistence and vegetation dynamics.

Marina Semchenko (University of Tartu, Estonia)
The main focus of Marina’s research is on plant behaviour. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms that mediate plant-plant interactions and in establishing how the nature of plant responses to neighbours is affected by the evolutionary history of the species involved in the interaction.

Richard P. Shefferson (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Richard's main research interests are in the evolutionary ecology of plants. His current research is focused on life history evolution in herbaceous perennials, particularly on lifespan and ageing, reproductive schedules, eco-evolutionary feedbacks to life cycles, and basic demographic and physiological trade-offs in plants. As he is in many ways a demographer, he also studies the conservation and viability of plant populations, particularly orchids, as well as evolutionary trajectories for particular plant traits. Finally, Richard also studies the evolution of plant-fungal interactions, particularly co-evolution in the mycorrhiza.

Brian Silliman (Duke University, USA)
In Brian’s research he uses observations of natural communities throughout the world as primary inspiration for his study questions. Most generally, Brian’s teaching and research efforts are focused on community ecology of salt marshes and rocky shores, conservation of coastal wetlands and reef fish populations, physical-forcing and disease-mediated control of food web dynamics, plant-animal interactions and evolution of fungal farming behaviour.

Melinda Smith (Colorado State University, USA)
Melinda’s research focuses on understanding the consequences of human-caused global changes, especially the impacts of climatic changes, biological invasions, eutrophication (e.g., increased N deposition), and altered disturbance regimes for biodiversity, plant communities and ecosystem structure and function. Within this context, her research addresses questions about the functional roles of species in ecosystems, the causes and impacts of loss and gain of genetic and species diversity, the factors that influence species coexistence and patterns of species abundance, and the relative strength of bottom-up (resources) vs. top-down (consumers) controls in structuring plant communities.

David Streeter (University of Sussex, UK) - Biological Flora

Nathan Swenson (Michigan State University, USA)
Nate investigates plant biodiversity across scales by integrating several approaches including functional ecology, physiological ecology, phylogenetics, functional genomics and biodiversity informatics. Most of his field research concerns tropical tree assemblages, but he also studies temperate zone woody plant assemblages in the USA, China and New Zealand.

Peter Thrall (CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia)

Matthew H. Turnbull (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Matthew is a plant physiological ecologist with broad interests in the ecophysiology of resource acquisition in natural and managed ecosystems. His specific interests include the determinants of photosynthesis and respiration, the use of stable isotopes in plant physiology and ecology and global change biology.

Michael Usher (University of Stirling, UK) - Biological Flora

Marcel van der Heijden (ART Research Station, Zürich, Switzerland)

Peter Vesk (University of Melbourne, Australia)

David Wardle (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)

Kenneth D. Whitney (University of New Mexico, USA)
Ken uses techniques from experimental field ecology, phylogenetic comparative biology, and molecular and statistical genetics to understand the evolutionary trajectories of populations and the structure of communities in the wild. In particular, he focuses on the causes and consequences of interspecific hybridization, invasion biology, the maintenance and effects of genetic diversity, and the ecology and evolution of genome size. His lab often uses plants and their animal associates (herbivores, seed dispersers, pollinators, ant guards) as study systems.

Scott D. Wilson (University of Regina, Canada)
Scott’s lab studies plant interactions, primarily using field experiments in established vegetation. Scott’s team works to understand how interactions control resources and species distributions, and thus the composition and diversity of communities.


Nina Wurzburger (University of Georgia, USA)

Shurong Zhou (Fudan University, China)

Gerhard Zotz (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
Gerhard is mostly interested in tropical plant life, particularly vascular and non-vascular epiphytes, but also hemiepiphytes. Trying to identify and understand the idiosyncrasies of their ecology, His research covers (almost) everything from functional morphology, physiological ecology to biogeography and evolution.

Pieter A. Zuidema (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Pieter studies the ecology, dynamics and management of tropical forests. He is particularly interested in tropical forests responses to climatic changes and demography of tropical forest trees. He applies tree ring analyses, stable isotope measurements, tree growth models and demographic models to understand forest history, tree age distributions, the maintenance of tree populations, effects of harvesting, population viability of threatened species, tree species assembly and effects of climate change on trees and forests.

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