Interested in becoming a BES Associate Editor?

Originally posted on Journal of Ecology Blog:
The seven British Ecological Society journals are currently?looking for ecologists and practitioners to join their editorial boards! See here for more information and how to apply (deadline: 28th February 2023). Read on for details about the role and insights from some of our current Associate Editors: 🔎 THE ROLE Being an Associate Editor (AE) involves making initial assessments… Continue reading Interested in becoming a BES Associate Editor?

Can pasture-fed livestock farming practices improve the ecological condition of grasslands?

Innovative farmers are adopting agro-ecological approaches to producing beef which they believe are better for biodiversity and soils. Lisa Norton (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and colleagues investigated the validity of these claims by comparing their grassland to those across the wider countryside surveyed as part of the national GB Countryside Survey.  Public concerns about the environmental impacts of meat production add to the … Continue reading Can pasture-fed livestock farming practices improve the ecological condition of grasslands?

Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusion during ecological fieldwork

Authors Jaime Coon and Nathan Alexander reflect on their recent perspective piece that discusses LGBTQ+ inclusion during ecological fieldwork, with recommendations for individuals, mentors, and institutions. All field ecologists have stories involving adventure, creative solutions to unexpected problems, challenging environmental conditions, truck failures, or insect infestations in the fieldhouse. But for ecologists from marginalized groups, field stories shared among community members can also be a … Continue reading Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusion during ecological fieldwork

Editor’s Choice 60:1 Weed communities are more diverse, but not more abundant, in dense and complex bocage landscapes

Associate Editor Pieter De Frenne talks us through a new research article by Boinot et al which found that the weed communities in bocage landscapes were functionally more diverse, creating important implications for the management of agricultural bocage landscapes. One of the cornerstones of many national and international agricultural policies, such as the EU Green Deal, is to transition to a sustainable food system and … Continue reading Editor’s Choice 60:1 Weed communities are more diverse, but not more abundant, in dense and complex bocage landscapes

For the sake of diversity: An alternative approach to tree planting that prioritizes conservation goals

Lead author Olivia St-Laurent explains why she and her co-authors of the new article ‘Safeguarding eucalypt diversity through conservation-focused tree planting’ advocate for a novel approach to environmental tree planting, benefitting people and nature by prioritizing biodiversity conservation. Everywhere, governments are making commitments to stop or slow the loss of local biological diversity and to restore degraded ecosystems. In megadiverse Australia, endemic species represent 85% … Continue reading For the sake of diversity: An alternative approach to tree planting that prioritizes conservation goals

How much agri-environment provision is required to reverse farmland bird declines?

Dr Robert Hawkes, RSPB Conservation Scientist, explains the findings of a recently published article. Here, RSPB and BTO scientists, in partnership with Natural England, explore how much bird-friendly agri-environment management is needed to stabilise or reverse farmland bird declines. The UK government has recently committed to halting species abundance declines in England by 2030, with similar timebound EU targets currently under discussion. With many species … Continue reading How much agri-environment provision is required to reverse farmland bird declines?

Meet our new Blog Associate Editor: Catherine Waite

We are delighted to announce two new Blog Associate Editors who have joined The Applied Ecologist team! Valentine introduced herself earlier this month so in this post, find out more our other new recruit – Catherine Waite. Hi everyone, I’m Catherine, one of the new Associate Editors for The Applied Ecologist. It’s great to be writing this first post to introduce myself! I am originally … Continue reading Meet our new Blog Associate Editor: Catherine Waite

Research stories: How to (almost) double woodland carbon overnight

How much carbon is stored in the aboveground biomass (AGB) of Wytham Woods aka the ‘most studied forest in the world’? Professors Mat Disney and Kim Calders thought this would be very well-known but were surprised to find this perhaps wasn’t the case after all. They discuss how their team approached their latest research. Over the years, a number of studies have estimated the carbon … Continue reading Research stories: How to (almost) double woodland carbon overnight

Meet our new Blog Associate Editor: Valentine Seymour

We are delighted to announce two new Blog Associate Editors who have joined The Applied Ecologist team! In this post, find out more about one of our new recruits, Valentine Seymour. Hello. I’m Valentine, one of the new Blog Associate Editor’s for The Applied Ecologist. I currently live on the edge of the North Downs in Kent, UK and am a Research Fellow, a Knowledge … Continue reading Meet our new Blog Associate Editor: Valentine Seymour

De relatie tussen oogstvermindering en begrazingsdruk door ganzen – implicaties voor beheer

Nelleke Buitendijk bespreekt het nieuwste onderzoek van haar team uit het nieuw verschenen artikel. Hoogtepunten zijn onder meer dat het verminderen van de overvloed aan herbivoren zich mogelijk niet direct vertaalt in een verminderd opbrengstverlies en dat beheersinstrumenten met zorg moeten worden gebruikt. Continue reading De relatie tussen oogstvermindering en begrazingsdruk door ganzen – implicaties voor beheer