Measuring ecosystem functioning to assess river restoration success

Shortlisted for this year’s Southwood Prize early career researcher award, André Frainer talks us through his work on river restoration and habitat heterogeneity. When rivers are drained, dredged, channelised, or altered in a thousand different ways, they face an almost imminent loss of biodiversity and important ecological functions. This is often a consequence of the loss of habitat diversity and the fauna and flora that … Continue reading Measuring ecosystem functioning to assess river restoration success

Complex landscapes and complex decisions for farmland conservation

In this post, discover how farmland birds and agri-environmental schemes went from dissertation topic, to British Ecological Society Annual Meeting talk, to published paper for one early career researcher. Gergana Daskalova (University of Edinburgh) describes the evolution of Population responses of farmland bird species to agri‐environment schemes and land management options in Northeastern Scotland. Farmland birds: decades of decline and mixed benefits of agri-environmental schemes … Continue reading Complex landscapes and complex decisions for farmland conservation

Early career ecologists look to plot a safe course through the Brexit minefield

In the face of continuing uncertainty over Brexit and UK environmental policy, Andy Suggitt  from the British Ecological Society’s Conservation Ecology Group argues that now is the time for early career ecologists to engage and get involved in the process. We’ve all had that feeling about Brexit. It’s top of the newsfeed on our favourite social media site, it’s the first item on the evening … Continue reading Early career ecologists look to plot a safe course through the Brexit minefield

Associate Editor Mentoring – 2019 applications now open

We are now accepting applications for our Associate Editor Mentoring Opportunity, a chance for early career researchers to gain experience of working on a journal Editorial Board. Annabel Smith (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin) began her Mentoring Opportunity role in January 2018. Here she explains why she decided to apply and what she hopes to gain from the experience. We’re often thrown in … Continue reading Associate Editor Mentoring – 2019 applications now open

Southwood Prize 2017 winner announced

Each year the British Ecological Society awards a prize for the best paper by an Early Career Researcher in each of its journals. Journal of Applied Ecology awards the Southwood Prize in memory of Prof. Sir Richard Southwood. The winning and highly commended papers for all of the British Ecological Society journals Early Career Researcher awards feature in this Virtual Issue. The 2017 Southwood Prize winner … Continue reading Southwood Prize 2017 winner announced

Associate Editor mentoring: welcome to our new mentees 2018

Journal of Applied Ecology is please to offer an Associate Editor mentoring opportunity, available to Early Career Researchers looking to gain more publications and editorial experience. Each mentee enters a two-year role in which they handle manuscripts as an Associate Editor with the support of their own Senior Editor mentor and the Editorial Office. Our new mentees for 2018-2019 are: Chi-Yeung (Jimmy) Choi Centre for … Continue reading Associate Editor mentoring: welcome to our new mentees 2018