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”

Life in the “dead heart” of Australia

It was the desolation of Australia’s deserts and dried-up rivers, contrasted with the fossil legacy of giant extinct marsupials and birds, that led the British explorer JW Gregory to label this region ‘the dead heart of Australia’. In fact, despite its harsh and unforgiving climate, the Australian deserts are teeming with life. Above: The redContinue reading “Life in the “dead heart” of Australia”

ECR Feature: Josep Padullés Cubino

Josep is a postdoc in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Masaryk University. He is a biogeographer and macroecologist interested in plants and their community structure. Josep shares his recent work on developing maps of phylogenetic structure of plant communities across Europe. Josep Padullés Cubino with Mediterranean sclerophyllous evergreen forests in the back (MareContinue reading “ECR Feature: Josep Padullés Cubino”

Hotspots and diversity patterns of Arabian squamate reptiles

While some areas of the world are renowned for their high diversity of life, such as the tropics, others, such as deserts, are generally perceived as deprived of diversity. This is, however, very far from the truth. Above: The Saudi Dwarf Gecko, Tropiocolotes wolfgangboehmei, whose phylogenetic position was unknown until our study. Picture by AlContinue reading “Hotspots and diversity patterns of Arabian squamate reptiles”

Connections between ploidy and environment in South American frogs

Polyploid frogs occur mainly in the SE corner of South America to the apparent exclusion of closely related diploids, a trend that persists across genera. Above: Occurrences and range maps of all the frogs included in the study, grouped by genus and colored by ploidy Genome duplications are one of the most extreme mutations thatContinue reading “Connections between ploidy and environment in South American frogs”

ECR feature: Elie Gaget on riparian birds community changes

Elie Gaget is a Postdoc at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) – Austria. He is a community ecologist interested in understanding how climate warming and land-use change affect bird communities. Here, Elie shares his recent work that uses a long-term survey to understand latitudinal and altitudinal shifts in riparian birds due to climatic change.Continue reading “ECR feature: Elie Gaget on riparian birds community changes”

Synthesis, Perspective, Commentary: A call to all authors!

Biogeography is a rapidly moving research area that intersects with many other scientific disciplines and contemporary environmental issues. Moreover, the biogeographic literature is diverse, scattered across disciplinary journals and continually expanding. Making sense of this ever-changing landscape of scientific discourse is challenging, but can be greatly facilitated by accessible and readable synthesis and discussion articles.Continue reading “Synthesis, Perspective, Commentary: A call to all authors!”