ECR feature: Grasslands and functional traits with Emma Jardine

Emma Jardine is currently an environmental land management scientist at DEFRA. She is interested in the use of functional traits to understand how plants respond to the environment. Her recently published work in the Journal of Biogeogrphy considers the relationship between functional traits in grass species and environmental variables at a macroecological scale. Emma sharesContinue reading “ECR feature: Grasslands and functional traits with Emma Jardine”

ECR Feature: Kristen K. de Graauw on tree rings and historic log buildings

Kristen de Graauw is a dendroarchaeologist: that’s someone who studies the plant material in old human-made structures, such as buildings, artefacts and furniture. She is a recent PhD graduate from West Virginia University. In her recent work in the Journal of Biogeogrpahy, she describes the role of human occupation in shaping the distribution and dynamicsContinue reading “ECR Feature: Kristen K. de Graauw on tree rings and historic log buildings”

ECR feature: Plant diversification with Esther Dale

Esther Dale studies plant diversification as a postdoc at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research in Dunedin and the University of Otago, Department of Botany. Her recent publication in the Journal of Biogeography tests biome conservatism in Australian Acacia using species distribution modeling. Esther discusses the implications of her findings, particularly that hyper-diverse Australian Acacia providesContinue reading “ECR feature: Plant diversification with Esther Dale”

Mountainous Matters

Writing the perspective Why Mountains Matter for Biodiversity (Perrigo et al. 2020) was a chance for myself, along with Carina Hoorn and Alexandre Antonelli, to explore and distill some of the ideas that came up while editing a book that was published two years ago: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity (Hoorn et al., 2018). One of many early versions ofContinue reading “Mountainous Matters”

ECR feature: Tropical entomology with Friederike Gebert

Friederike Gebert is a postdoc working in tropical entomology at the University of Würzberg. Her recent work, published in the Journal of Biogeography, focuses on understanding the patterns and drivers of dung beetle distribution along an elevational gradient on Mt. Kilimanjaro. From the collection of dung beetles to the measurement of mammal dung resources, FriederikeContinue reading “ECR feature: Tropical entomology with Friederike Gebert”

Flying foxes – out of Wallacea

How efforts to understand origins and diversity led to efforts to conserve and protect the world’s largest bats ————————COVER STORY 47(2):Tsang, SM, Wiantoro, S, Veluz, MJ, et al. (2020) Dispersal out of Wallacea spurs diversification of Pteropus flying foxes, the world’s largest bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera). J. Biogeography 47(2): 527– 537. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13750———————— Long-distance dispersal (LDD) is often regarded as aContinue reading “Flying foxes – out of Wallacea”

ECR feature: Epiphytic lichens & atmospheric regimes with Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a postdoc in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, who studies the effects of changing atmospheric regimes on forest vegetation. Rob’s recently published work in the Journal of Biogeography discusses how epiphytic macrolichen vulnerability to climate change can signal atmospheric stresses among a group of organisms thatContinue reading “ECR feature: Epiphytic lichens & atmospheric regimes with Rob Smith”

ECR feature: Rafael M. Venegas on phylogenetic community structure

Rafael Venegas is an ecologist with a passion for plants. He is currently a postdoc at the University of Alcalá. He uses phylogenetic methods to address questions in macroecology and biogeography to ultimately understand what shapes biodiversity and ecosystem services. In his recent paper with the Journal of Biogeography, he extends theory on phylogenetic communityContinue reading “ECR feature: Rafael M. Venegas on phylogenetic community structure”

ECR feature: Macroecology with Philipp Brun

(left) Philipp collecting leaves of Taraxacum palustre during a trait sampling campaign in 2019. Photo taken close to Zurich, Switzerland. (right) Adonis vernalis – a rare beauty that was part of our plant trait sampling campaign in 2019. Photo taken close to Martigny, Switzerland. Links: Institutional webpage | Google Scholar | Research Gate Institution: SwissContinue reading “ECR feature: Macroecology with Philipp Brun”

ECR feature: Scale insects with Thomas D. Whitney

Thomas Whitney is currently a postdoc at Washington State University, Puyallup. He studies the ecology and evolution of insect species. His recent work in the Journal of Biogeography has sought to understand the extensive dieback in eastern white pines (Pinus strobus) and its association with a scale insect (Matsucoccus macrocicatrices). It has been unclear ifContinue reading “ECR feature: Scale insects with Thomas D. Whitney”