Functional EcologyCopyright © 2015 British Ecological Society
A Journal of the British Ecological SocietyEdited by: Charles Fox, Duncan Irschick, Alan Knapp, Ken Thompson and Craig White
- ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking:
2015: 15/149 (Ecology) Impact Factor: 5.21
- Google Scholar Ranking (as calculated July 2016)
- 9th most highly ranked publication in the Ecology catagory
- h-5 index: 51 h5-median: 70
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To celebrate the journals's 30th anniversary, we have two new Virtual Issues: Towards a mechanistic understanding of global change ecology and 30 years of Functional Ecology. All papers in both Virtual Issues are free online.
Duncan Irschick talks to and Tiphaine Jeanniard-du-dot about accelerometers, energy expenditure and Antarctic fur seals. Read the article in full.
Dylan G. Fischer talks about the results of the first forest ecosystem-scale experiment designed to test if more diverse mixtures of genetic stock result in more productive forests. Read the article in full.
Julia Cooke talks to FE editor Ken Thompson about our latest Special Feature: The Functional Role of Silicon In Plant Biology. Browse the lay summaries here or read the articles in the August Issue of Functional Ecology.
Joe Bailey talks to Alan Knapp about his special feature (guest-edited with Jen Schweizer)on Ecosystems, Evolution and Plant–Soil Feedbacks, out in the July Issue of Functional Ecology.
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. In this podcast, Alan Knapp talks to Brian Steidinger, winner of the 2015 Haldane Prize for Early Career Research, about his prizewinning paper Variability in potential to exploit different soil organic phosphorus compounds among tropical montane tree species. Read the Virtual issue containing all the winning and highly commended papers here..
How do lizards adjust to life in the city? Lizards may use fences, posts and walls as they do trees in natural forests, but they may not find walls as easy to walk up as trees. Jason Kolbe discusses his recent paper City slickers: poor performance does not deter Anolis lizards from using artificial substrates in human-modified habitats with Duncan Irschick. Read the full paper here.
Emma Sayer and Ken Thompson talk about Emma's virtual issue: Making the Most of Microbes.
Thomas Hasper and Johan Uddling talk to FE Editor Alan Knapp about their recent paper "Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate.Hasper, T. B., Wallin, G., Lamba, S., Hall, M., Jaramillo, F., Laudon, H., Linder, S., Medhurst, J. L., Räntfors, M., Sigurdsson, B. D. and Uddling, J. (2015), Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate. Funct Ecol. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12546
Islands are often considered ideal biological laboratories as they are isolated and vary tremendously in size, structure, and habitats, imposing different selective pressures that can drive adaptations of organisms on islands. This study capitalizes on an island-size gradient in the Greek Archipelago to investigate inter-island divergence in the body size, head shape, and bite force of a lizard, Podarcis erhardii.
Donihue, C. M., Brock, K. M., Foufopoulos, J., Herrel, A. (2015), Feed or fight: testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12550
Robbie Wilson talks to Amy Hahs about using urban ecosystems to expand fundamental ecological knowledge. Amy Hahs guest-edited our latest Special Feature: Ecology of Organisms in Urban Environments with Karl Evans. You can read the Special Feature here.
In this study, Isabelle Marechaux and her co-authors looked at leaf water potential at wilting or turgor loss point (πtlp), which determines tolerance of leaves to drought stress. Using a new method based on a demonstrated association between πtlp and another trait, the leaf osmotic water potential at full hydration, they were able to estimate πtlp for 165 trees of 71 species. This dataset is a significant increase in information for tropical tree species and indicates a potential for highly diverse species responses to drought within given forest communities.
Read the full paper online here: Maréchaux, I., Bartlett, M. K., Sack, L., Baraloto, C., Engel, J., Joetzjer, E., Chave, J. (2015), Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12452 or the lay summary here.
Carter et al Mothers increase yolk oestrogen levels and the production of female offspring across the nesting season
Ameztegui et al Shade tolerance and the functional trait – demography relationship in temperate and boreal forests
Mayer et al The wind, the wind, the heaven-born wind! Forest windthrow effects on soil carbon dynamics
Senapathi et al Landscape impacts on pollinator communities in temperate systems: evidence and knowledge gaps
Theodorou et al The structure of flower-visitor networks in relation to pollination across an agricultural to urban gradient
Makino and Ohashi Floral colour change to maintain a long-lasting relationship with pollinators
Nicholls and Hempel de Ibarra Assessment of pollen rewards by foraging bees
Basson et al To bask or not to bask? Lizards do not follow current theory
Dammhahn et al Stay cool or warm up? Individual differences in energy-saving have consequences for survival and reproduction
Jänes et al Functional traits of marine macrophytes predict primary production
Delhey & Peters Are certain types of plumage colours more likely to differ between males and females?
Kessler and Morrell Plant communication in a widespread goldenrod: keeping herbivores on the move
Tschinkel et al Fire ant queen choices are behind fire ant success
Souza et al Plant genotype identity and intra-specific diversity trump soil nutrient availability to shape old-field structure and function
Augspurger et al Tree height, not fruit shape or weight, predicts how far wind dispersed seeds fly
Martin et al Intraspecific trait variation across multiple scales: the leaf economics spectrum in coffee
Pérez-de-Lis et al Climate and tree vigour control the timing of wood formation in deciduous oaks
Classen et al Integrating intraspecific variation in community ecology unifies theories on bodysize shifts along climatic gradients
Apgaua et al Wood anatomy reflects different ecological strategies in tropical rainforest lifeforms
Virtanen et al Mosses in Californian grasslands in a changing environment
Cheng et al How will climate change affect predatory invasive species?
Rix et al Does differential processing of coral and algal exudates by reef sponges influence dissolved organic matter cycling via the “sponge loop”?
Ellis et al Moose in disturbed forests: impacts on plant regeneration, litter decomposition and soil composition
Ailsa H.C. McLean & H. Charles J. Godfray The outcome of competition between two parasitoid species is influenced by a facultative symbiont of their aphid host
Armburster et al Specialization and generalization in pollination mutualisms
Klais et al Competition shaping the phytoplankton communities, judged from the functional properties of the species
Holtmann et al Which are the drivers of animal personality: hormone levels or metabolic rates?
Ando et al Aphid-generated indirect interaction network
Schou et al Insects adapt in real-time to cold but not hot temperatures
Moretti et al Handbook of protocols for standardized measurement of terrestrial invertebrate functional traits
Soons et al Plants direct the dispersal of their seeds towards suitable sites
Arnold et al Movement ability of an invasive beetle is related to leg length but not body size nor metabolic rate
Sheil et al Does biomass-growth increase in the largest trees? Flaws, fallacies and alternative analyses.
Cornell et al Physiological maturity at a critical life-history transition and flight ability at fledging
Pesendorfer et al Competing for seed dispersal: apparent predation among oaks mediated by differences in the spatial ecology of two avian seed hoarders
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