ECR Feature: William Nanavati on monkey-puzzle trees and global change

William “Buzz” Nanavati is a postdoc at Portland State University. He is a palaeoecologist and biogeographer, interested in how environmental changes through time affect ecosystems. William shares his recent work on previous climates and land-use change on the dynamics of monkey-puzzle forests in Patagonian. William “Buzz” Nanavati, a monkey-puzzle tree, and a canine companion (EddyContinue reading “ECR Feature: William Nanavati on monkey-puzzle trees and global change”

ECR feature: Taís F. R. Guimarães on the sea-level impact on coastal lagoon fish communities

Taís F. R. Guimarães is a postdoc at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) in Brazil. She is an ecologist interested in elucidating spatio-temporal processes affecting the community of freshwater fishes. Here, Taís shares her recent work on the effect of sea level on the beta diversity of coastal lagoon fish communities in South America.Continue reading “ECR feature: Taís F. R. Guimarães on the sea-level impact on coastal lagoon fish communities”

ECR Feature: Magdalena Nagler on methanogenic archaeal assemblages

Magdalena is a postdoc at the Institute of Microbiology, University Innsbruck, Austria. She is a microbial ecologist interested in the ecosystem services and industrial applications of micro-organisms. Magdalena shares her recent work on characterising different methanogenic archaeal assemblages from stream habitats across Europe. Personal links. Twitter | Webpage Institute. Institute of Microbiology, University Innsbruck, AustriaContinue reading “ECR Feature: Magdalena Nagler on methanogenic archaeal assemblages”

ECR feature: Elizabeth Joyce on floristic exchange tracks

Elizabeth Joyce is a PhD candidate at the Australian Tropical Herbarium & James Cook University. She is an evolutionary biologist interested in the origins of the northern Australian flora. Here, Lizzy shares her recent work on the routes used by plants to disperse between Australia and Southeast Asia. Elizabeth Joyce during fieldwork to collect AglaiaContinue reading “ECR feature: Elizabeth Joyce on floristic exchange tracks”

Caves, biogeography and tiny arachnids

Palpigrades are as precious as pebbles from the Moon … hidden in the deepest fractures of rocks of caves and other kinds of subterranean habitats. Above: A cave-dwelling palpigrade found in an Alpine caves. Photo: Alberto Chiarle The Austrian professor Dr. Erhard Christian, one of the few experts worldwide on the taxonomy of the enigmaticContinue reading “Caves, biogeography and tiny arachnids”

From Europe to India – A little investigated route of migratory birds

Overcoming multiple setbacks, and teaming up with researchers from across Europe, finally brought insight into the previously mysterious travels of the common rosefinch. Above: A male common rosefinch equipped with a 0.5 gram light-level geolocator(Photo credit: Benjamin Metzger).. To me, the common rosefinch is still a rather exotic bird species. In the last decades theContinue reading “From Europe to India – A little investigated route of migratory birds”

ECR Feature: Qiong Cai on niche breadth and range size in beech trees

Qiong Cai is a postdoc at the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. She is a community ecologist interested in forest ecosystems. Qiong shares her recent work exploring the “niche breadth hypothesis” across the worldwide distribution of Fagus beech tree species. Qiong Cai. Personal links. Google Scholar Institute. College of Urban and EnvironmentalContinue reading “ECR Feature: Qiong Cai on niche breadth and range size in beech trees”

How to write a (great) Perspective article

Like many journals, Journal of Biogeography (JBI) provides a specific forum for researchers to put forward new ideas (or dismantle old ones). In JBI, this article type is the Perspective. Our Author Guidelines state that Perspective papers “should be stimulating and reflective essays providing personal perspectives on key research fields and issues within biogeography”. AcrossContinue reading “How to write a (great) Perspective article”

ECR feature: Yongsheng Chen on the impact of invertebrate dispersal on plant distributions

Yongsheng Chen is a post-doctoral researcher at Peking University. He is an evolutionary biologist interested in unveiling the temporal and spatial processes shaping the diversity of East Asian plants. Here, Yongsheng shares his recent work on the role of invertebrate-mediated dispersal in plant species distributions. Yongsheng Chen during a field trip in Laos. Personal links.Continue reading “ECR feature: Yongsheng Chen on the impact of invertebrate dispersal on plant distributions”

ECR feature: Jocelyn P. Colella on the persistence of forest‐associated mammals in refugia

Jocelyn P. Colella is a Postdoc at the University of New Hampshire. She is an evolutionary biologist applying collection-based data to understand how organisms change through time. Here, Jocelyn shares her recent work that uses whole‐genome resequencing to reveal the persistence of martens in Late Pleistocene refugia along North America’s North Pacific Coast. Jocelyn doingContinue reading “ECR feature: Jocelyn P. Colella on the persistence of forest‐associated mammals in refugia”