ECR: Jordan A. Hollarsmith

Jordan is a postdoc at Simon Fraser University. She is an ecologist with an interest in resource management. Jordan shares how she and her colleagues have used a remotely operated vehicle to survey marine biodiversity in the Mexican Pacific. Jordan Hollarsmith. Personal links. Website | Twitter Institute. Simon Fraser University Academic life stage. Postdoc MajorContinue reading “ECR: Jordan A. Hollarsmith”

How did ant communities assemble on reservoir islands?

From curiosity to community assembly: how a birder’s frustration opened the door to a new journey of discovery about taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity of ants on islands. When I started my Ph.D. career and went to the Thousand Island Lake (TIL) to do fieldwork for the first time in 2014, I was attracted toContinue reading “How did ant communities assemble on reservoir islands?”

Figures: the Art of Science

How to prepare figures to make an impression on editors, reviewers, and readers. Figures are, perhaps not quite literally, worth a thousand words, but they are invaluable: try explaining in text all the details in anything but the most basic image. Yet a reasonable fraction of manuscripts submitted to Journal of Biogeography (JBI) contain tooContinue reading “Figures: the Art of Science”

ECR feature: Himalayan wolves with Geraldine Werhahn

Geraldine Werhahn is a research associate at Oxford University. She is a conversation biologist who uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the ecology and evolution of carnivores in the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. Geraldine shares her recent work on the taxonomy and adaptive evolution of the Himalayan wolf. Geraldine in the Himalayas, collecting wolfContinue reading “ECR feature: Himalayan wolves with Geraldine Werhahn”

Three new initiatives at JBI

In addition to providing a choice venue for publishing the full range of biogeographical research, the Journal of Biogeography (JBI) has also long supported our scientific community in other ways too, e.g. organizing workshops for early career researchers (ECRs) to demistify the publishing process, funding symposia and special issues, providing travel grants to meetings, andContinue reading “Three new initiatives at JBI”

Invitation for applications: JBI Editorial Academy

The Journal of Biogeography is pleased to announce the first of three new opportunities for Early Career Researchers: the Journal of Biogeography’s Editorial Academy. The Editorial Academy is aimed to help early career biogeographers who are interested to learn more about the publishing process to gain experience with the guidance and support of an experiencedContinue reading “Invitation for applications: JBI Editorial Academy”

A deep dive on ecoregions

Ecoregions are central to global modeling of earth systems & development of conservation plans. There is great variability across taxonomic groups and regions of the world in how strongly ecoregions described community composition. Two years ago, a team of us published a study entitled ‘A global test of ecoregions’ (Smith et al., 2018). In thatContinue reading “A deep dive on ecoregions”

ECR feature: Chemical variations in fossil pollen with Florian Muthreich

Florian Muthreich is a PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Bergen, focusing on the application of chemical variations in fossil pollen to understand ecosystem dynamics. Florian’s work focuses on identifying Oak (Quercus) pollen in sediment cores – which is particularly difficult to differentiate with a light microscope – atContinue reading “ECR feature: Chemical variations in fossil pollen with Florian Muthreich”

Different evolutionary routes to becoming diversity hotspots

How to tease apart the evolutionary mechanisms underlying global biodiversity patterns. A major question in evolution and ecology is why biodiversity is so unevenly distributed on Earth. This geographic pattern of global diversity has been extensively analyzed in plants and vertebrates, and has been suggested to be attributed to climatic and topographic variables. However, environmentalContinue reading “Different evolutionary routes to becoming diversity hotspots”

ECR feature: Stephanie K. Adamczak

Stephanie is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a marine mammal ecologist with an interest in quantitative modelling approaches. Stephanie shares her recent work on trait evolution in pilot whales and the contrasts in ecogeographic rules between terrestrial and marine systems. Stephanie conducting fieldwork off the coast of LongContinue reading “ECR feature: Stephanie K. Adamczak”