Welcome to our new mentees 2020

We’re pleased to welcome nine new Associate Editor Mentees to the Journal of Applied Ecology Editorial Board. Get to know the newest members of our journal team. Maxime Damien, Manitoba University, Canada Maxime researches plant-insect interactions, from individual insect life history to community ecology, in a way that looks at how plants influence several aspects of arthropod biology, including evolutional trajectories, population dynamics and community … Continue reading Welcome to our new mentees 2020

Showcasing developments in biologging and related methods in applied ecology

Following the recent Journal of Animal Ecology Special Feature on biologging, Associate Editor, Steph Januchowski-Hartley takes a look at how research in this and similar methods are affecting the field of applied ecology today. Advances in technology have allowed for small electronic loggers and transmitters to be developed not only for biomedical monitoring for humans (think of the tech we can use for monitoring hearts, … Continue reading Showcasing developments in biologging and related methods in applied ecology

Editor’s Choice 56:12 – Do introduced apex predators suppress introduced mesopredators? The debate continues

Our December Editor’s Choice by Fancourt et al. indicates that the presence of dingoes in Australia is unlikely to suppress introduced feral cats. Associate Editor, Michael Bode, looks at the evidence in this new research and explains why he feels the debate around this topic is far from over. In recent times, Australia has had one of the worst records of extinction in the world. … Continue reading Editor’s Choice 56:12 – Do introduced apex predators suppress introduced mesopredators? The debate continues

Ecologia do Brasil

Rafael D. Zenni, Tadeu Siqueira e Ricardo Solar A version of this post is available in English here. A ciência ecológica brasileira cresceu imensamente nas últimas décadas, com o florescimento de vários cursos de pós-graduação bem-sucedidos em todo o país dedicados ao tema e um número crescente de pesquisadores dedicados a entender muitos aspectos da imensa biodiversidade do país. Em 2008, havia 35 cursos de … Continue reading Ecologia do Brasil

Brazil ecology: the editors’ perspective

Associate Editors, Rafael D. Zenni, Tadeu Siqueira and Ricardo Solar provide insights into their nominated papers for our recent Ecology in Brazil Virtual Issue. A version of this post is available in Portuguese here. Brazilian ecological science has grown immensely in the past few decades, with flourishing graduate courses across the country dedicated to the topic and an increasing number of researchers focused on understanding … Continue reading Brazil ecology: the editors’ perspective

Editor’s Choice 56:10 – How to conduct citizen science that works

Our October Editor’s Choice looks at the value citizen science brings to monitoring programmes and how to ensure that value doesn’t go to waste. Associate Editor, Yolanda F. Wiersma, discusses the selected article, Balancing sampling intensity against spatial coverage for a community science monitoring programme. Citizen science (also termed ‘community science’), the involvement of non-credentialed scientists (‘ordinary citizens’) in a scientific research project, has a … Continue reading Editor’s Choice 56:10 – How to conduct citizen science that works

Green infrastructure: greenwashing or a tangible contribution to urban biodiversity?

What impact does green infrastructure really have on biodiversity in our cities? Associate Editor, Margaret Stanley looks at the recent synthesis and meta-analysis on this topic from Alessandro Filazzola and colleagues. Given the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity, there’s been growing momentum around the world for putting green infrastructure into cities. It’s often designed to support ecosystem services, such as stormwater regulation, but with implied … Continue reading Green infrastructure: greenwashing or a tangible contribution to urban biodiversity?

Rewilding needs a conceptual framework. Is the adaptive cycle the answer?

Johan T. du Toit and Nathalie Pettorelli explore the differences between rewilding and restoration. The authors have adapted this post from an article originally shared by ZSL. Rewilding means different things to different people but in applied ecology it is now broadly agreed that the concept means reorganizing, retooling, or regenerating wildness in a degraded ecosystem. Contrary to what many seem to think, rewilding is … Continue reading Rewilding needs a conceptual framework. Is the adaptive cycle the answer?

Using tracking data to guide research and conservation efforts in long-distance migratory birds

Developments in tracking data are uncovering important conservation sites, the significance of which had previously been unknown. Associate Editor, Chi-Yeung explains more about the recently published work of Ying‐Chi Chan and colleagues. An increasing number of tracking studies on animals over the last few decades have revealed interesting behaviour and habits that are otherwise impossible to observe in the field. This is particularly the case … Continue reading Using tracking data to guide research and conservation efforts in long-distance migratory birds

The importance of forest remnants in human-modified landscapes

In a recently published study, Karp et al. explore the role of working landscapes in the conservation of species diversity. Here, Associate Editor, Ricardo Solar, discusses what their research means for today’s ecologists and conservation scientists. A Spanish version of this post is available here. We are witnessing a novel moment in our planet’s history, in which human-driven changes in the Earth’s system are among … Continue reading The importance of forest remnants in human-modified landscapes