Meet the Associate Editors
Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
Janne's research integrates macrosystem ecology, community ecology, spatial ecology and conservation ecology to study patterns and processes structuring aquatic plants at various spatial scales. He is especially interested to understand how and why different functional plant groups and plant traits respond to global change. Janne has mainly worked in boreal region, but he has lately expanded his research to freshwater systems located in other parts of the world as well. Website.
Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,University of Tennessee, USA
Joe Bailey is an evolutionary ecologist broadly interested in how species interactions link genes and ecosystems, how natural selection operates in a community context, and how these processes scale geographically and with genetic resolution (i.e., small molecular differences to subpopulation structure). His work takes an integrative view of natural systems and have worked with native and introduced plants and herbivores, from microbes to mammals, linking genes to ecosystems. Website
Department Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Jennifer’s research focuses on the contribution of functional and whole-plant traits to plant species distributions, both locally and regionally, and on the plastic and adaptive responses to environmental variation.She works primarily in forest ecosystems including tropical, temperate and boreal forests. Website
Department of Botany, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kasey is an evolutionary ecologist whose research focuses on herbivory, plant defense, and seedling ecology. Most of her work examines how herbivory and defense vary across plant ontogeny in order to better understand the interplay between internal developmental constraints and external sources of selection pressure on shaping plant defense traits. Since joining the University of Hawaii faculty in 2010, her research has expanded more broadly into tropical plant ecology and conservation. Website
Department of AgroEcology, Rothamsted Research, UK.
James is a quantitative ecologist with an interest in the spatio-temporal patterns of insects. His research spans the topics of migration, climate change impacts and multi-trophic ecology. He has a long-standing curiosity with arachnids but more recently the focus has been on aphids, moths and their regulators. Website.
The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
Alison is an evolutionary ecologist studying plant interactions with the root mutualist arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. Her research can be divided into two general areas: 1) understanding how AM fungi influence the wide variety of other organisms that associate with plants (insect herbivores and pollinators, pathogens, nematodes and fungi), and 2) understanding how the mutualism between AM fungi and plants is maintained and exploring the selective pressures that threaten the mutualism in agricultural and invaded systems. One current major focus in her group is understanding how genotypic variation of AM fungi, plants, and herbivores influences their interactions.
Netherlands Institute of Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands
Arjen is interested in the evolutionary ecology of interactions between plants and their herbivores, pathogens and mutualists. His current research focuses on microbial mediation of plant direct and indirect defense against herbivorous insects.
Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK
Neeltje is a behavioural ecologist aiming to understand how developmental conditions shape social behaviour and cognitive performance. She also studies animal communication, sexual selection, personality and physiology. She mostly uses avian model systems, but has recently started work on fish.
Ecologia y Biologia Animal, Universidad de Vigo, Spain
Maria's main research interest is the role of soils in global change, in particular I try to quantify soil biodiversity changes and their potential implications for the C sink/source function. Research combines the use of stable isotopes (13C and 15N) at natural abundance levels as potential in situ tracers of the trophic structure of edaphic communities and their functional role in natural and agricultural systems together with the application of radiocarbon techniques to investigate the interaction between soil fauna activities and the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition in response to climate change
Department of Biology, University of Vermont, USA
Alison's research focuses on understanding the patterns, underlying mechanisms, and processes, that govern multiple species interactions. Questions include how species interactions affect plant life-history and the evolution of floral traits, and how species interactions drive biological diversity. Study systems primarily involve flowering plants and their suite of visitors in sub-alpine habitats, and termites and ungulates in East African savannas. Website
University of California, Irvine, USA
Diane studies the mechanisms of evolution in natural plant populations. She is particularly interested in how interactions with animal pollinators influence evolution of floral traits and reproductive systems, and in hybrid fitness and its implications for speciation. Website
Department of Biology, University of Washington, USA
Emily investigates the physiological ecology of marine organisms, especially those living on wave-swept rocky shores. She often takes an ecomechanical approach to her study of marine invertebrates and macroalgae, applying the basic engineering principles to evaluate how they work in changing environments. Website
Dept. of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Susana is a physiological ecologist whose research focuses on the responses of ectotherms to changing environmental conditions and potential interactive effects of climate change and biological invasions. Her team combines theory, laboratory and field approaches to tackle questions pertaining to thermal adaptation including performance-fitness trade-offs, evolutionary and plastic mechanisms and behavioural thermoregulation. She is fond of using the right organism for the question at hand so her study organisms have included lizards, frogs, insects and fish. She also enjoys exploring new analytical tools to undertake analyses of trait variation at global scales. Website
School of Earth, Environment and Ecosystem Sciences, The Open University, UK
Julia is a plant ecologist, particularly interested in ecological strategies and the way plants use silicon. Her research spans trait patterns and trade-offs, invasive species, comparative analysis and plant-animal interactions. Website.
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
David's research interests include the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants as mediators of life-history variation, hormesis, the impacts of environmental changes (including land-use changes, pollutants and climate changes) on animal populations, the use of physiological endpoints in assessments/predictions of population responses to environmental changes and meta-analysis as a tool to develop a quantitative synthesis of research results. His research mostly focuses on vertebrates and is carried out with species under natural, semi-natural or captivity conditions. Website
Dan is a physiological and behavioral ecologist with interests in features that impact reproductive and foraging strategies in marine vertebrates. Specific interests include metabolic adaptations for extended fasting and breath-hold diving. Recent work also examines effects of stress responses on immune function and reproduction. Much of his research involves field studies of pinnipeds, seals and sea lions.
University of Arizona, USA
Goggy's broad area of interest is in ecological and evolutionary physiology: how organisms adjust growth and fitness in response to both short-term and long-term environmental variation. His lab places a strong emphasis on the whole organism. He combines field, greenhouse and lab experiments and use a diverse set of tools and conceptual frameworks to integrate the fields of physiology, ecology, behavior and evolutionary biology. Website
Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Sarah is an evolutionary ecologist with specific interests in biological responses to climate and land-use change. She uses macroecological approaches to identify biogeographic patterns of vulnerability to global change, and dissects the mechanisms underlying these patterns using manipulative field and laboratory experiments. Her work is more question-forward than system-specific, though she does typically focus on terrestrial arthropods. Website
Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University
Ellen Dorrepaal is an arctic plant ecologist who is interested in how plants differ in their responses to climate change and their impacts on other organisms and ecosystem processes. She compares the role of plants in the carbon and nutrient cycles across tundra and peatland ecosystems both in summer and winter. Website
Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Canada
Rana El-Sabaawi studies how organisms transfer energy and nutrients in their ecosystems. Her research interests include trophic ecology, food webs, trait-based ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, nutritional ecology, and biology stoichiometry. Her group has worked in temperate and tropical ecosystems, and in freshwater and marine environments. Website
Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, and Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Research in Maud’s lab focuses on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of predator-prey interactions, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems. She is interested in understanding how biotic (e.g., invasive species) and abiotic (e.g., ocean acidification, pesticides) factors will affect the interaction between prey and predators, at the individual, population and community level. Webpage.
School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
Lara is a functional morphologist broadly interested in understanding structure and function in an ecological or historical (evolutionary) context. Her research tends to focus in particular on traits associated with the evolution of jaws, and aquatic prey acquisition in fishes. Website.
School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK
Katie is a plant ecophysiologist with a special interest in the functioning and evolution of below-ground mutualisms. Her background is in mycorrhizal symbiosis, genotype-phenotype-environment interactions and the use of environmental metabolomics in ecology. At present, her research is focussed on carbon and nutrient (N and P) fluxes between plants and their rhizospheric symbionts, utilising stable and radio-isotope tracer techniques. Website and twitter
School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, USA
Rachel is a community ecologist focused on the ecology of soil microbes and plant-microbe interactions. Working in lowland tropical forests, semi-arid grasslands, and high elevation mixed conifer forests, her experimental research approach examines the effects of species-specific plant-microbe interactions on plant population dynamics and community diversity, how disturbance and environmental gradients alter taxonomic and functional diversity of plant and soil microbiomes, and the impacts of these shifts on carbon storage and nutrient cycling. Website
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC, Spain
Ismael's research aims at finding the evolutionary implications of animal pigmentation. He investigates how the physiological mechanisms behind the synthesis of pigments, particularly melanins, determine the relative costs and benefits of expressing pigmented traits and constrain other processes such as the capacity to adapt to certain environmental conditions. Ismael mainly uses birds as study models, and combines experimental laboratory designs with studies in wild populations as well as intraspecific studies with interspecific comparisons. Website.
Departamento de Biología, Universidad de La Serena, Chile
Ernesto's research interests include the phenotypic plasticity of plants, insect-plant interactions, plant adaptive responses to herbivory and abiotic factors, the ecology and evolution of climbing plants, and the ecology of invasive plants. His work focusses on establishing functional explanations for ecological patterns and to better understanding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant interactions with herbivores and the environment.Website
Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla-CSIC, Spain
Oscar studies the mechanisms by which species interactions modulate coexistence and invasion. His research combines theory with experimental and observational work in grasslands and forests of Mediterranean and Temperate systems. Oscar’ s research put special emphasis on the functional and phylogenetic determinants of plant community assembly and their consequence for ecosystem functioning. He is also becoming increasingly interested in how plant-animal interactions, both mutualism and antagonism, determine species coexistence across trophic levels. Website
Stanford University, USA
Jeremy’s research interests focus on the connection between morphology, performance, and ecological niche. Specific systems of interest include the physiological ecology and biomechanics of filter feeding in marine vertebrates, predatory-prey interactions and foraging ecology of cetaceans, and bio-logging of kinematic and physiological parameters to investigate functional ecology. Website
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France
David Grémillet was educated as a biological oceanographer and developed a keen interest in animal ecophysiology and biotelemetry. After a PhD at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel (Germany) and a Post Doc with NERC-CEH in Banchory, Scotland, he joined CNRS (France) in 2000. He is currently leading the spatial ecology research group at CEFE-CNRS in Montpellier. His research aims at understanding the responses of seabirds to global change, and focuses on the feeding behaviour, energetics and evolution of marine birds facing climate change, pollution and fisheries. Website.
Oklahoma State University, USA
Jen investigates physiological and behavioral responses to stressors throughout the lifespan; current research focuses on the role of maternal and developmental environments in adult phenotype and the physiological and ecological basis of personality traits. Website.
Department of Biological Sciences, VirginiaTech, USA
Dana investigates the ecology and evolution of host–pathogen interactions in natural systems; specific interests include the interaction between animal behavior, physiology, and disease dynamics, and the role of abiotic factors in mediating host immunity and disease resistance over space and time. Website
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France
Anthony uses comparative laboratory and field-based approaches to try to understand the evolution of complex, integrated systems. His is interested in the role of function (mechanics and performance) and trade-offs in driving phenotypic change.
University of California Riverside, USA
Tim investigates locomotion and feeding in vertebrates by combining comparative biomechanics, functional morphology, ecology, and physiology. He is interested in determining what drives and constrains phenotypic diversity, and how this relates to organismal function. Website
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Bill studies how wildlife respond physiologically and behaviourally to disturbances. He is particularly intrigued by tradeoffs among physiological processes (e.g., reproduction, thermoregulation, immune function) and how ecological changes may force animals to reprioritize their investments of time and energy. A common theme in his research is centred around how ecological changes influence maternal behaviour and physiology, which can in turn affect the fitness of offspring. Website
Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas, USA
Jerry’s research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape behavioural, physiological, and morphological traits. He works primarily with lizards to link morphology, performance, and fitness by combining laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. He also integrates life-history theory with functional morphology to study trade-offs among physical performance, reproduction, and immunity. Website
Evolutionary Ecology Unit, Lund University, Sweden
Caroline integrates ecology, evolution and physiology to answer questions in life-history biology. Central to her research is the role of oxidative stress and nutrition for performance of wild vertebrates. Her current main research focus is on the impact of urbanisation on bird populations (and the environment) using tools and approaches from ecology, toxicology to genetics. Website
School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK
Combines laboratory and field approaches to ask how organisms respond and adapt to changing and fluctuating environmental conditions. Study systems primarily involve fungus-soil fauna and insect-plant interactions. More recently, has taken this work into freshwater habitats. Website
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK
Shaun studies the physiological and behavioural ecology of animals and especially how energetic demand influences foraging, predator-avoidance, and social behaviours. He is also interested in the effects of environmental stress on animal physiology, behaviour, and links among traits in an ecological context. Most of his work in these fields focuses on freshwater and marine fishes. Website
Institute of Biology, University of Bialystok, Poland
Marek’s research interests interface evolutionary ecology, eco-physiology and quantitative genetics of vertebrates. He uses both laboratory and natural settings to study physiological traits (mostly related to metabolism) from molecular to whole-animal levels. Website
School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom
Julia’s research focuses on ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions, particularly the mechanisms of plant resistance to herbivores, relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning, and methods and applications of meta-analysis and research synthesis in ecology. She works primarily in boreal and temperate forest ecosystems. Website
Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan
Major interests are in plant responses and adaptation to seasonality and biological interactions via phenological dynamics. Investigates flowering phenology responding to climate and environmental variations, plant reproductive strategies, plant-pollinator interaction, global change impacts on alpine ecosystem, and phenological structure and function of plant communities in northern ecosystems. Website
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Since childhood, Markku has been fascinated by trees, especially the huge trunks that trees construct to place their tiny leaves in the sun above the leaves of neighbouring trees. He started by studying simple forest ecosystems of the North and in the recent years, has expanded his work to study tropical rainforests, which contain the greatest diversity of woody stem structures. Website
Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Kwang Pum’s research is aimed at understanding physiological, behavioral, and evolutionary responses of insects when adapting to various forms of environmental challenge, such as food nutritional imbalance, parasitism, temperature changes, starvation, etc. He is particularly interested in exploring the nutritional basis of life-history trade-off and how nutrition mediates the relationships between hosts and parasites. His study organisms include caterpillars and Drosophila.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Shawn is an ecosystem ecologist, with a particular interest in the role of consumers (predators, herbivores, detritivores) in ecosystem nutrient cycling. He applies mechanistic and stoichiometrically-explicit mathematical models as well as empirical and experimental studies in freshwater, forest, and marine ecosystems in the Canadian boreal region in his research. Website
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Girona, Girona, Spain
Laura is a plant ecophysiologist whose main research focusses on the study of response mechanisms of plant species and their communities to climate change. Specifically, she has studied how changes in environmental factors such as water availability, temperature, CO2, and ultraviolet radiation can affect the physiological performance (gas exchange rates, photochemical efficiency, water use efficiency, photoprotective mechanisms, etc.), flowering phenology and growth of different plant species, and, ultimately, how these changes can alter plant species composition, richness and primary productivity at the ecosystem level. Currently, she is particularly interested in the role of ultraviolet radiation, and its interaction with water availability, in the regulation of plant and ecosystem functioning.
School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Berkeley, UK
David is interested in understanding the mechanisms individuals use to reach decisions and the consequences of these decisions on their lives and their demographic contributions. Under this theme, David currently focusses on two research areas: conservation behaviour and socioecology. This work includes both empirical, in field and laboratory settings, and theoretical studies as well as the development of new analytical techniques to bridge the behavioural and ecological scales. Website.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
Jessamyn’s research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions. In particular, she is interested in how plant secondary chemistry shapes relationships between plants, pollinators and herbivores. She also examines the behavioural ecology and population biology of native pollinators. Website.
School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia
Dustin is a marine evolutionary ecologist with interests in quantitative genetics, maternal effects and complex life-histories. The unifying theme of his research is an attempt to understand the ecological and evolutionary consequences of intraspecific variation (be it phenotypic or genetic). He works primarily on sessile marine invertebrates in the shallow subtidal. Website
University of Sydney, Australia
Clare is interested in the ecology of mammals - how they live and interact with individuals of their own species, with plants and other animals within their community and with the environment itself. Her specific research interest is the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions.Website
Arizona State University, USA
Kevin is a behavioral ecologist specializing in the control and function of ornamental traits like bright colors in animals. Research interests generally cover integrative aspects of communication and sexual selection, especially including environmental, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms underlying signal expression. Website
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA
Christine is a macroecologist whose main interests revolve around species distribution modeling, metacommunities and diversity maintenance at intermediate to large scales. She has used virtual ecology to demonstrate and explore methodological issues related to these topics. She is particularly interested in empirical strategies to distinguish different theoretical paradigms using real-world spatial, phylogenetic and functional patterns of diversity, and has applied such strategies to a variety of biogeographic regions and taxonomic groups, including plants, fishes, birds and mammals. Website.
University of Florida, USA
Christine is an evolutionary ecologist who focuses on the processes and outcomes of sexual selection. Current investigations include both laboratory and field studies on mate choice, male-male competitions, sexual dimorphism, and the evolution of animal weaponry. She examines these phenomena using insects in the family Coreidae, the leaf-footed bugs. Website
University of California, Irvine, USA
Kailen’s studies the evolutionary, community and conservation ecology of tri-trophic interactions. Specifically, his research focuses on how species traits mediate tri-trophic interactions, and the consequences of this for the population biology, evolutionary dynamics and ecological processes. He uses meta-analysis and manipulative field experiments, and often works along latitudinal and elevational gradients in order to understand how climatic variation (and thus climate change) mediates these processes. Website
Virginia Tech, USA
Ignacio is interested in physiological and behavioural adaptations to unique environments, looking at the behavioural endocrinology, physiology, evolution and ecology of tropical birds, and interactions between stress and reproduction in birds, reptiles, and amphibians. He is particularly interested in individual variation and the mediation of life history trade-offs. Website
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, USA
Helene Muller-Landau’s research is directed towards understanding the structure and dynamics of plant communities and terrestrial ecosystems, especially of tropical forests. Her group integrates empirical and theoretical approaches to pursue this aim. A major focus of her current research concerns quantifying the carbon budgets of tropical forests, investigating how these respond to environmental variation and depend on plant functional composition, and working to improve the representation of tropical forests in earth system models. She is also particularly interested in understanding the forces shaping the functional composition and diversity of plants in different conditions. Website
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Shuli's research focuses on terrestrial ecosystems response to climate change and human disturbance. Specifically, she uses global change manipulative experiments to reveal ecosystem carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles as well as their couplings in response and feedback to global change. She also uses data mining approaches to synthesize regional and global patterns of ecosystem properties and their responses to environmental changes. Website
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
Natalia’s research interests are focused in the ecological forces that structure plant communities in both secondary and mature forests, by integrating aspects of landscape ecology, community ecology, functional ecology and community phylogenetics. She has been primarily working on plant regeneration in both pristine and human-impacted landscapes in the several Neotropical countries. Website
Department of Plant Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil
Rafael is broadly interested in tropical plant functional ecology. His research is focused on plant hydraulics and ecohydrology to better understand the impacts of drought on plant performance and ecosystem functioning. More recently, his group is also investigating the diversity of nutrient-acquisition mechanisms in plant communities.
Department of Biology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA
Becky is a tropical forest ecologist who examines questions relating to biological invasions, nutrient cycling, forest dynamics, and restoration. Her research has a strong field component and integrates natural history, community structure, and ecosystem dynamics. She is currently working on long-term dynamics of tropical forests using permanent plot sampling methodology and evaluating forest restoration using a functional trait approach. Website
Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Johannes research interest has the common denominator: How have animals adapted to handle variability and extremes in environmental factors such as temperature, water- and food availability? In his work he seeks to establish a link between physiological mechanism/capacity and their ecological consequences. His current research topics include physiological mechanisms underlying cold tolerance of insects, the role of oxygen transport for upper thermal tolerance limits in ectotherms and how water and energy balance influences the upper thermal tolerance of insects. Website
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, USA
Mike's research is focused on evolutionary and ecological genomics. He is particularly interested in the relationship between short-term organismal responses to environmental stresses and adaptation to novel environments. He is trying to connect genome structure, quantitative genetic architecture, and patterns of gene expression, with the process of adaptation. Website
Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
Tim’s research focusses on the factors that structure diverse tropical forests. He is particularly interested in species coexistence. Recent projects have involved using functional traits to explain patterns in community structure and individual growth rates.
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Sally is an ecosystem ecologist with a particular interest in how climate change and air pollution affect plant communities, nutrient cycling and plant-soil feedbacks. She uses a wide range of field and laboratory approaches to explore the mechanisms underpinning community and ecosystem level responses to rainfall extremes, elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition, currently focusing on grassland and woodland ecosystems. Website
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Steve is a comparative ecophysiologist. His research focuses on the physiology, sensory ecology and behavior of vertebrates. After a PhD and Post Doc at the University of Birmingham, and a Post Doc in the Structure and Motion Lab (RVC), he joined Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2014 as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Physiology. Website
Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Nick’s research focuses on why we age. His lab combines studies of nutrient processing, genetics and large-scale demography in fruit flies to understand how infection, gender and available nutrition constrains the evolution of healthy aging. Website.
Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Sergio studies the ecology and evolution of plant-animal interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, chemical ecology, ecological gradients, and coevolution. Research projects include work on tritrophic interactions, trophic cascades, above-belowground interactions, local biodiversity, the biology of soil biota, and the evolution of plant defense strategies. Website.
Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton, UK
Enrico's research interests lie in the interface between physiology, ecology and evolution. Lineages differ in a variety of attributes that ultimately shape the range of environmental conditions that they can tolerate and how they interact with other organisms. From a mechanistic perspective, he looks at how evolutionary history contributes to (and partly explains) observed ecological patterns and employs a variety of empirical, comparative and theoretical approaches to studying this. His current research topics include the evolution of physiological performance and integrated phenotypes, the association between tolerance limits and geographic distribution and the fingerprint of evolutionary history on ecological networks of species interactions. Website
University of California, Riverside, USA
David's general interest is in studying the process of evolution by natural selection from an experimental perspective and testing evolutionary theory in natural populations. He primarily works on guppies from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. He participates in the Evolutionary Biology and Physiology graduate groups and serves as the UCR co-Associate Director of NERE, the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution. Website
School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA
Sabrina’s research addresses the mechanisms that govern how communities are assembled and how species coexist to maintain diversity, with an emphasis on forest tree communities. A unifying theme of her current work is that understanding tree species’ life histories in terms of underlying functional variation and resource-allocation trade-offs provides insight into the distribution of species along resource gradients, which ultimately determines ecological patterns of diversity. Sabrina also works on seed dispersal, plant-soil feedbacks, seedling regeneration, and plant-animal interactions.
Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, USA
Anna is interested in plant resource dynamics and its implications on plant life history strategies and responses to the environment. Most of her work is on trees and spans topics ranging from water transport to responses to fire (or lack of fire). Her current research investigates the role of non-structural carbon storage in trees, growth-related tradeoffs and mechanisms of tree mortality. Website.
Brett K. Sandercock, Kansas State University, USA
Brett is a population biologist with research interests in the evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology of terrestrial vertebrates. Current investigations include field studies of the phenological responses of arctic shorebirds to changing environmental conditions and benefits of grazing management for grassland songbirds in native prairie. Website
Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Emma investigates how ecosystems respond to change. She is happiest when working in forests but also makes the occasional foray into grasslands. Her main research focus lies in determining how interactions between above- and belowground processes affect ecosystem function. Her work includes a wide range of tools borrowed from biogeochemistry, plant-, soil, and microbial ecology, so she is also intrigued by the methodological and scaling issues involved in multi-disciplinary research. If you are interested in submitting a review and wish to discuss it with Emma, please email her a short description of the proposed topic, including a brief statement about why it is relevant to readers of Functional Ecology (max. 350 words).
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Germany
Matthias studies the community ecology and biogeography of species interactions. His studies investigate how ecological and evolutionary factors structure mutualistic interaction networks between plants and animals. One of his main interests is the identification of functional traits that organize these networks and determine their associated ecosystem functions. He mostly works on seed dispersal and pollination by birds in tropical systems. Website.
South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa
Colleen is a community ecologist working mainly on plants, birds and invertebrates. Her focus is on how functional diversity and community composition change along gradients of disturbance, climate or with restoration. She is also interested functional traits and how their diversity can affect ecosystem functioning, for example, in the delivery of pollination services. African savannas are her big love, but she also works in the interface between agriculture and natural vegetation. Website
Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Brent is an integrative biologist, dabbling at levels of organisation from molecular biology to macrophysiology. He is particularly interested in insect cold tolerance and overwintering biology. His work has taken him from Antarctica to the mountains of New Zealand, the deserts of South Africa, and most recently Siberia, although living in Canada means that a lot of his research is conducted in his back yard on caterpillars, weevils, Drosophila, gall flies, crickets and (even though they aren't insects) spiders, isopods and land snails. Website
Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Keith is a physiological ecologist using endocrine and neurobiological techniques to investigate the ultimate and proximate factors controlling flexibility in reproductive decisions, such as timing of reproduction, reproductive effort, courtship effort, and mate-choice. Website
The Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK
Carly is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist who is interested in how plant communities and soils respond to global environmental change, especially atmospheric nitrogen deposition. She uses a variety of approaches to address her research questions from international gradients to pot experiments. She works primarily in grassland ecosystems and has a strong interest in grassland management and conservation. Website
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Mark’s research interests center on the impacts of global environmental change on forest and savanna ecosystems, particularly the effects on respiration and carbon cycling, climatic adaptation in plant traits, and the biogeography of forest trees. As a plant physiological ecologist, his work explores the linkages between plant traits and processes at the individual, community, and ecosystem scales. Website
Imperial College London, UK
Joseph’s research investigates the processes generating, sustaining and structuring biodiversity, using a combination of experimental, phylogenetic and spatial mapping approaches to test theory, and to explain microevolutionary and macroevolutionary patterns over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Most of this work uses the world's birds as a study system, but he also looks at other components of biodiversity, from primates and reef fish to insects and plants. These insights can help predict and manage the response of ecosystems to global change, with applications from biodiversity conservation to environmental policy. His main interest lies in tropical systems, especially tropical rainforests, but his recent work is more global in scope.
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA
Kathleen, Professor of Biology, combines molecular biology, isotopes, nanotechnology and modeling to examine the role of fungi in biogeochemical processes, especially in response to global change. Her field research is based primarily in the boreal forests of Alaska and the native ecosystems of Southern California. Website
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Barbara combines approaches from behavioural and evolutionary ecology, physiology and genetics to understand how environmental factors shape the evolution of life histories and life strategies in wild vertebrates; current projects focus on the immunoecology and -genetics of natural populations and the role of transgenerational effects in evolution. Website
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
Jenny is a plant ecophysiologist with interests across a wide range of systems. At present her group work on the physiology of parasitic plants and their hosts, heating mechanisms in thermogenic plants, leaf form and function, and the effects of climate change on plants in extreme environments such as deserts and polar regions. Website
Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Caroline is an ecological and evolutionary physiologist who studies the evolution of metabolic physiology in ectotherms, using insects as models. She is interested in the mechanisms and consequences of metabolic responses to emerging winter environments. Website.
Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Tony's research integrates physiology and evolutionary biology, mainly focusing on avian life-histories and reproduction (though he also dabbles with eco-toxicology and migration physiology). His current main interests are in the hormonal control of phenotypic variation in timing of breeding, clutch size and parental care. Website
University of Queensland, Australia
Robbie is generally interested in performance. Sometimes this relates to behaviour, sometimes to physiology. He doesn't like pigeon-hole himself as one type of scientist or the other. He asks ecological and evolutionary questions in such varied systems as human skill, crustacean signalling, and climate change. Website
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