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”

ECR feature: Jéssica Fenker

Jéssica Fenker is a PhD candidate at Australia National University. She is a herpetologist with a particular interest in adaptive radiations, species diversification, and savanna ecosystems. Jéssica shares her recent work, a multidisciplinary study, on characterising the biodiversity of lizards in the Cerrado, South America. Jéssica Feneker posing with a goanna in Australia (left), andContinue reading “ECR feature: Jéssica Fenker”

The forgotten giants of the Western Indian Ocean reefs

Giant clams have long fascinated adventurers and naturalists. These large shallow-water molluscs certainly are among the most colourful, conspicuous and emblematic species of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs. They have been exploited for thousands of years for their flesh and shell. Giant clam conservation is also an increasingly concerning issue because of the vulnerability of giantContinue reading “The forgotten giants of the Western Indian Ocean reefs”

ECR feature: Cavity-nesting pollinators and their antagonists with Antonia Mayr

Antonia V. Mayr is a Postdoc at the University of Würzburg department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology. Her research is based in tropical mountain ecology and focuses on questions about how climate and land use change affect species, and how functional and phylogenetic diversity relate to changes in ecosystem services. Antonia provides background informationContinue reading “ECR feature: Cavity-nesting pollinators and their antagonists with Antonia Mayr”