Virtual Issue: In Honour of Mark Westoby

Edited by David Gibson, Richard Bardgett, Amy Austin and Mark Rees
April 2016

The Editors of the Journal of Ecology are pleased to honour Professor Mark Westoby in our continuing Eminent Ecologist series. Mark is the Australian Laureate Professor and leader of Genes to Goescience Research Center at Macquarie University, Sydney. Mark is a hugely influential ecologist having published a substantial oeuvre of highly cited work covering a very wide range of subjects from self-thinning to traits shift along environmental gradients, and everything in between. In recognition of his work we have selected 12 of his most influential papers published in the Journal of Ecology. To provide some context, Mark has written a number of fascinating posts for the Journal of Ecology blog (which will be available in the first week of May 2016), providing information on the background to the work and many people involved – and Mark if you’re reading this, yes you have passed with flying colours, and not driveled on too much!

We hope that you will enjoy reading, or perhaps even rereading in some cases, the selection of Mark’s papers in this Virtual Issue that have been published within the Journal of Ecology.

Mark Rees
Editor, Journal of Ecology

Core publications by Mark Westoby in Journal of Ecology

Functional distinctiveness of major plant lineages
William K. Cornwell, Mark Westoby, Daniel S. Falster, Richard G. FitzJohn, Brian C. O'Meara, Matthew W. Pennell, Daniel J. McGlinn, Jonathan M. Eastman, Angela T. Moles, Peter B. Reich, David C. Tank, Ian J. Wright, Lonnie Aarssen, Jeremy M. Beaulieu, Robert M. Kooyman, Michelle R. Leishman, Eliot T. Miller, Ülo Niinemets, Jacek Oleksyn, Alejandro Ordonez, Dana L. Royer, Stephen A. Smith, Peter F. Stevens, Laura Warman, Peter Wilf and Amy E. Zanne 

Alternative height strategies among 45 dicot rain forest species from tropical Queensland, Australia
Daniel S. Falster and Mark Westoby

Sprouting ability across diverse disturbances and vegetation types worldwide
Peter A. Vesk and Mark Westoby

Convergence towards higher leaf mass per area in dry and nutrient-poor habitats has different consequences for leaf lifespan
Ian J. Wright, Mark Westoby and Peter B. Reich

Shifts in trait-combinations along rainfall and phosphorus gradients
Carlos Roberto Fonseca, Jacob McC. Overton, Bronwyn Collins and Mark Westoby

Differences in seedling growth behaviour among species: trait correlations across species, and trait shifts along nutrient compared to rainfall gradients
Ian J. Wright and Mark Westoby

Continuous and episodic components of demographic change in arid zone shrubs: models of two eremophila species from Western Australia compared with published data on other species
Ian W. Watson, Mark Westoby and Alexander McR. Holm 

On misinterpreting the "phylogenetic correction"
Mark Westoby, Michelle R. Leishman and Janice M. Lord 

Correlates of seed size variation: a comparison among five temperate floras
Michelle R. Leishman, Mark Westoby and Enrique Jurad 

Predicting dispersal spectra: a minimal set of hypotheses based on plant attributes
Lesley Hughes, Michael Dunlop, Kristine French, Michelle R. Leishman, Barbara Rice, Louise Rodgerson and Mark Westoby 

Influence of population structure on self-thinning of plant populations
Mark Westoby and Jocelyn Howell

Self-thinning in trifolium subterraneum populations transferred between full daylight and shade
Mark Westoby and Jocelyn Howell 



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