To highlight and celebrate this achievement, we have compiled a Virtual Issue of 32 papers published in the Journal of Ecology that focus on the ecology of terrestrial orchids. The largest single component comes from the Biological Flora of the British Isles. This series of autecological accounts has been running since 1941 and currently extends to 280 articles. The 12 accounts presented here include arguably the rarest British species of all (Epipogium aphyllum) and some of the most common orchids (e.g. Neottia ovata). The former, as a non-photosynthetic mycotroph, appears above ground only very erratically, as ghostly flowering spikes in the deep gloom of woodland. Yet this is the extreme of a continuum, and the capacity of many terrestrial orchids to remain effectively dormant below ground as mycotrophic tubers for one, or more, years has helped until recently to obscure their demography. Demographic studies, including those examining the influence of weather and climate on dormancy, represent another theme of the papers presented in this Virtual Issue. Nearly all terrestrial orchids have mycorrhizal associations that are distinctive to the Orchidaceae; indeed the microscopically immature seeds would never be able to emerge above ground without it. Hence this has been another rich vein for research that is represented by a group of papers here. The production of seeds in orchids is, in general, found to be pollen-limited, which appears to be something of a paradox in the context of the highly evolved relationships that many have with pollinating insects. Consequently, the final group of papers deals with reproductive biology, including pollination, and the possible impacts of a changing climate on its phenology.
The Editors of the Journal of Ecology are pleased to honour Professor Deborah Goldberg in our continuing Eminent Ecologist series. Deborah is the Elzada U. Clover Collegiate Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, USA. More than that, Deborah is a hugely influential community ecologist having published a large body of highly cited work investigating the processes underlying patterns in plant community dynamics. In recognition of her work we have selected 10 of her most influential papers published in the Journal of Ecology. To provide some context, Deborah has written a fascinating post for the Journal of Ecology blog. In addition, I was fortunate enough to interview Deborah in August 2014 during which we reflected over the insights, and controversies, arising from her work, as well as some of the non-ecological work that she has been involved with. This interview is available as a podcast. Read the Virtual Issue.
For this Virtual Issue, we have selected 20 papers recently published in Journal of Ecology that demonstrate the breadth and international scope of soil-related research, and illustrate how ecologists are pushing our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary significance of plant-soil interactions forward. The papers cover topics such as below-ground controls on invasions, the role of soil biota in plant-plant interactions, and the influence of plant and soil community change on biogeochemical processes. We very much hope you enjoy reading these papers brought together in this collection and invite you to submit your ‘ground’ breaking research on plant-soil interactions to Journal of Ecology as a part of the celebration of the International Year of Soils. Read the Virtual Issue.
To coincide with the 7th Annual International Open Access Week we are delighted to bring together all open access papers published in the Journal of Ecology in 2014. All five British Ecological Society Journals have produced a Virtual Issue for Open Access Week 2014. Please click on the issue covers below to read the Virtual Issues. All of these papers have been published through the Online Open programme. Members of the British Ecological Society are offered a 25% discount towards the cost of the Online Open scheme.
Professor J. Philip Grime is one of the UK’s most influential, and controversial, plant ecologists. Phil is a Fellow of The Royal Society, and also a member of the Dutch Royal Society, and has received numerous awards including The Marsh Award, Honorary membership of the BES and ESA, and the Alexander von Humboldt Award. In recognition of his many achievements we have collected together 15 of his most influential papers in the Journal of Ecology as a Virtual Issue: all the papers have been made free to access. To give some background to the papers Phil has very kindly written a post for the Journal of Ecology blog, which briefly introduces Phil’s research approach and puts the papers in context. There are some great photographs of the people, places and various experiments at the end of the post. In addition to this there is also a podcast where Phil reflects on his career and the changes in ecology over the last 50 years - he also answers several questions sent in via Twitter. Read the Virtual Issue.
The Editors of Journal of Ecology are pleased to present this Virtual Issue on Facilitation and Scaling to coincide with the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany. At this meeting Chris Smit, Santiago Soliveres, Fernando Maestre and Johannes Metz are organising a special session, which will discuss the progress that has been made in facilitation research since the last international meeting focused on facilitation took place in 2009. Read Santiago Soliveres’ post on the Journal of Ecology blog for further information. Read the Virtual Issue.
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 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. Read the Virtual Issue
In The British Ecological Society and INTECOL will hold the 11th International Congress of Ecology in London as part of the society's centenary celebrations. The papers below are from a selection of keynote and plenary speakers, and represent one of the key themes of INTECOL – international collaboration. These papers all demonstrate international collaboration across multiple countries, in some cases as many as six or seven different countries. Together, they highlight the importance of international co-operation as the scope of ecology, and ecologists, grows wider.
Virtual Issue: Freshwater Ecology - Understanding ecosystems and reducing anthropogenic environmental stress
Produced to complement the publication of he new Ecological Issues volume 'The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Systems', this Virtual Issue provides a brief flavour of how papers in all five BES Journals since 2010 have contributed to basic scientific knowledge, improved understanding of environmental stress and the effectiveness of restoring freshwater ecosystems. Read the Virtual Issue
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up from journal issues published in 2012. Congratulations to all concerned.
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Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up from journal issues published in 2011. Congratulations to all concerned.
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To coincide with the 5th Annual Open Access Week, the five journals of the British Ecological Society are pleased to publish a virtual issue of open access papers recently published in the Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up. Congratulations to all concerned.
The editors of Journal of Ecology are pleased to present this Virtual Issue on Global Warming to coincide with the 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2010, which places global warming at center stage. This Virtual Issue is a selection of 14 papers published in Journal of Ecology over the last 4 years on the topic of climate change. The papers not only demonstrate the breadth of work published in the Journal on this topic, but also show that effects of climate change are far ranging.
Professor R.L. (Bob) Jefferies was a highly respected, productive and influential ecologist, who published much of his core output in some 29 papers in the Journal of Ecology, over a period of 47 years. Nineteen of these papers, spanning his entire career, are assembled in this virtual issue. Bob also served the Journal as an energetic Associate Editor from 1988 until his untimely death, at the height of his powers, in 2009. To commemorate the first anniversary of his death, the Editors have compiled a Virtual Issue of his most important papers published in the Journal.
In recognition of International Year of Biodiversity, 2010, the five journals of the British Ecological Society - Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution - are pleased to publish a Virtual Issue of papers with biodiversity as a common theme.
Professor John L Harper was a formidable plant ecologist and teacher who revolutionized our discipline and had a huge impact on its development as a modern science. He inspired generations of young researchers and will be remembered with great affection and gratitude by plant ecologists throughout the world.
Following his death in March 2009, the Editors of Journal of Ecology delved into the journal's archives to compile and highlight once more some of his classic contributions in this Virtual Issue.
The editors of Journal of Ecology are pleased to present this Virtual Issue on The Southern Hemisphere in recognition of the 2009 10th International Congress in Ecology in Brisbane, Australia. This Virtual Issue is a selection of 20 papers published in Journal of Ecology over the last three years. All studies were either carried out by ecologists based in the southern hemisphere or were conducted in a southern hemisphere country, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Gabon, New Zealand, South Africa and Tanzania.
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