New insights into the history of Central European steppe grasslands

Spatial patterns of species and haplotypes suggest long-term continuity of steppes in eastern Central Europe. Above: A species-rich meadow steppe near Cristuru Secuiesc (Hungarian: Székelykeresztúr), Harghita County, Transylvania, Romania. Photographed on 29 May 2017 by Wolfgang Willner.. The steppe grasslands of eastern Central Europe have attracted botanists and vegetation scientists for more than two centuries.Continue reading “New insights into the history of Central European steppe grasslands”

Functional redundancy increases in human-modified habitats

Different species do similar things in anthropic environments. Above: Two examples of small mammals with very distinct biologies. The Brazilian gracile opossum Gracilinanus microtarsus (left) is a generalist that forages in the ground and inhabits a broad range of habitat types — from primary to secondary forests and forest edges. Such generalists usually profit fromContinue reading “Functional redundancy increases in human-modified habitats”

Introducing the Members of the New (2nd) Editorial Academy

The Editorial Academy at Journal of Biogeography aims to help early career biogeographers learn more about publishing with the guidance and support of an experienced mentor. Each of the Editorial Academy members is partnered one-to-one with one of the journal’s chief or associate editors with relevant disciplinary expertise. The academy members have the same roleContinue reading “Introducing the Members of the New (2nd) Editorial Academy”

ECR feature: Adriana Uscanga on the origins of tropical sky-islands arthropod communities

Adriana Uscanga is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon in the US. She is an ecologist interested in unveiling the evolutionary drivers shaping biodiversity distribution in tropical mountains. Here, Adriana shares her recent work on evaluating colonization routes of newly emerged high-elevation habitats. Adriana Uscanga is a PhD candidate at the University ofContinue reading “ECR feature: Adriana Uscanga on the origins of tropical sky-islands arthropod communities”

Call for papers: Emerging Techniques and the Future of Biogeography

Biogeography advances when new concepts, methodologies and tools allow us to see the world in different ways: plate tectonics reshaped the study of distributions, deep sea submersibles revealed life at hydrothermal vents, phylogeography was born through advances in sequencing, and macroecology originated in a novel top-down statistical view, to name but a few. We areContinue reading “Call for papers: Emerging Techniques and the Future of Biogeography”

Life-form diversity across temperate deciduous forests of Western Eurasia: A different story in the understory

Deconstructing the forest community into three structural components — tree, shrub, ground floor – reveals different origins. Above: Forest in the lowlands of Asturias, Spain (August 2021 by Javier Loidi). Forests have always had a special appeal to ecologists, as they represent the most complex and developed type of terrestrial ecosystem. They are composed ofContinue reading “Life-form diversity across temperate deciduous forests of Western Eurasia: A different story in the understory”

The ecology of reef fishes explains latitudinal gradients of diversity, but how much?

Stochasticity is largely understood as ‘unpredictability’; but for reef fishes, demographic stochasticity is contingent on species ecological traits, including body size and trophic identity, which may subsequently be selected by humans. Above: Reef fish assemblages censused in the remote, understudied, Principe Island (Gulf of Guinea) in the Tropical Eastern Atlantic (photo by @Aketza Herrero). AsContinue reading “The ecology of reef fishes explains latitudinal gradients of diversity, but how much?”

ECR feature: Cindy Paquette on geographical gradients shaping zooplankton distribution

Cindy Paquette is a PhD student at the University of Quebec in Canada. She is an aquatic ecologist interested in the impact of climate change and human activities on lake aquatic environments. Here, Cindy shares her recent work on how zooplankton are structured at different spatial scales. Cindy Paquette collecting zooplankton in Lac Croche (StationContinue reading “ECR feature: Cindy Paquette on geographical gradients shaping zooplankton distribution”

ECR feature: Marcos Vinicius Dantas-Queiroz on the diversification in ancient neotropical mountains

Marcos Vinicius Dantas-Queiroz is a PhD from the São Paulo State University in Brazil. He is a botanist interested in linking microevolutionary processes to macroevolutionary patterns. Here, Marcos shares his recent work on the phylogeography of ancient neotropical mountains. Personal links. Personal website | Twitter Marcos Vinicius Dantas-Queiroz during lab work. Institute. São Paulo StateContinue reading “ECR feature: Marcos Vinicius Dantas-Queiroz on the diversification in ancient neotropical mountains”

ECR Feature: Kevin Ma on the abundance and distribution of invasive mussels

Kevin Ma is a postdoc at Rhodes University. He is a biogeographer with an interest in marine organisms and their spatial structure. Kevin shares his recent work on the distribution of the invasive mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, in South Africa. Kevin, sampling mussels during low tide. Links. Twitter | GoogleScholar | Webpage Institute. Rhodes University, SouthContinue reading “ECR Feature: Kevin Ma on the abundance and distribution of invasive mussels”