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Ecology in China - 中国生态学

August 2014

 

过去几十年中国经济的高速发展,一方面使得中国有更多的资金投入到科学研究上,另一方面也对生态环境产生很大影响。科研经费的增加推动了中国科学研究事业的快速发展,而生态环境的恶化使得生态学研究更加必要,二者共同推动了中国生态学的长足进步。例如,在 Functional Ecology 上发表的第一作者标注为中国单位的文章在1991-2000年期间为0篇,2001-2010年为16篇,2011-2013 年为6篇。在BES刊物上发表文章可以向国际同行充分展示中国学者在生态学研究方面的最新研究成果,进一步促进中国生态学领域的发展。随着中国向“创新型社会”的转变,BES刊物将继续成为中国高质量文章发表的一个主要窗口。

The recent decades of modernization in China have brought two things: available capital to invest in science and deteriorated conditions in the environment. The former makes research possible and the latter makes ecological research necessary. As a consequence, ecology in China has developed very quickly. Functional Ecology, for example, did not publish any papers with a first author with a Chinese affiliation between 1991-2000, 16 between 2001-2010, and 6 between 2011-2013. The high standard of research in the BES journals promotes a better quality of ecological science in China and Chinese scientists have never been more enthusiastic to publish high quality papers in the BES' international journals. With the country currently half-way to becoming an ‘innovation-oriented society’, the BES journals will continue to be major outlets of high quality ecological research in China, not only used to understand nature but to also solve ecological and environmental problems.

牛书丽 Shuli Niu, Associate Editor, Functional Ecology

Locomotion unplugged: how movement in animals is influenced by the environment

March 2014

Movement ecology has emerged over the last decade as one of the fastest-growing areas in ecology. While laboratory studies of locomotion continue to play a vital role in the realm of biomechanics and functional morphology, a new and exciting paradigm for studying locomotion has arisen that complements this existing paradigm. This new perspective focuses on studying locomotion in natural settings, and aims to understand both locomotor performance (e.g., speed, acceleration) and general movement patterns in relation to both micro- and macro ecological factors. The growth of technologies designed to detect movement, such as satellite tags and accelerometers has enabled researchers to track animals over vast distances, which has enabled researchers to ask new questions regarding which factors influence these movement patterns in increasing detail. This contextualization of locomotion will facilitate a broader understanding of what underlies phenotypic diversity. Read the Virtual Issue

Pollinator Ecology

JANUARY 2014

To celebrate a joint meeting on the subject of bee health hosted by the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology in January 2014, the BES has compiled this virtual issue on Pollinator Ecology. The papers below are drawn from all five journals and provide examples of the latest research in pollinator ecology from flower visitation and ecosystem services, to the effects of invasive pollinators, agriculture, pesticides and bee pathogens. We hope that this selection of papers will be of interest to researchers and stakeholders in this highly topical field. Read the Virtual Issue

Ecología en América del Sur Virtual Issue

NOVEMBER 2013

Amy Austin, Editor, Journal of Ecology

South America Virtual Issue The continent of South America is home to an overwhelming range of ecosystems and ecological interactions, due to its north–south orientation that spans over 60 degrees of latitude, a diversity of topography from the floodplain of the Amazon to the Andean mountain chain, the longest mountain range in the world, and a resulting range of climate from the driest desert in the world, the Atacama, to the Valdivian rainforests at the southern tip of the South American peninsula. In addition to the research in relatively untouched landscapes, studies on the impact of agriculture, particularly soybean cultivation, forest fragmentation, and land-use impacts on carbon storage in semiarid ecosystems, highlight relevant issues of human impact on the landscape in the region. In this collection of papers published in the British Ecological Society journals Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution, there is a diverse array of studies and approaches, from specific focus on the plant physiology of lianas to broad-based application of macroecology theory. Taking a journey in this Virtual Issue will give the reader an idea of the breadth of topics and insights that can only be found in the diverse continent of South America. Read the Virtual Issue  

Virtual Issue: Freshwater Ecology

AUGUST 2013
 International Collaboration Virtual Issue Research into ecosystem functioning, the impacts of environmental stress and effective restoration techniques plays a crucial role in applying ecological knowledge to managing and conserving fresh waters. It is increasingly important when the climatic and economic future is uncertain and unforeseen surprises more likely. This Virtual Issue provides a brief flavour of how papers in all five BES Journal since 2010 have contributed to basic scientific knowledge, improved understanding of environmental stress and the effectiveness of restoring freshwater ecosystems. Read the Virtual Issue  

Virtual Issue: International Collaboration

AUGUST 2013
 International Collaboration Virtual Issue The British Ecological Society and INTECOL are holding the 11th International Congress of Ecology in London as part of the Society's centenary celebrations. The papers below are from a selection of keynote and plenary speakers, and represent one of the key themes of INTECOL – international collaboration. These papers all demonstrate international collaboration across multiple countries, in some cases as many as six or seven different countries. Together, they highlight the importance of international co-operation as the scope of ecology, and ecologists, grows wider. Read the Virtual Issue  

Virtual Issue: Ecophysiological forecasting: predicting adaptation and limits to adaptation

Edited by  Ary A. Hoffmann and Steven L. Chown  
AUGUST 2013
Ecophysiological forecasting: predicting adaptation and limits to adaptation In this virtual issue on ecophysiological forecasting, four themes are highlighted that give new insights and tactics to help address one of biology's greatest challenges - providing options for mitigating the impacts and facilitating organismal adaptation to a rapidly changing set of global circumstances.    Read the Virtual Issue

Virtual Issue: BES Young Investigator Prizes - winners and runners up 2012

APRIL 2013
Virtual Issue on the role of litter in ecosystems 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. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those highly commended by the editors from journal issues published in 2012.
Congratulations to all concerned.
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Virtual Issue: Plant function in a rapidly changing world

Edited by Alan Knapp 
MAY 2012
Virtual Issue on plant function in a rapidly changing world Increasing our understanding of basic plant functioning in an ecological context, from the perspective of mechanism and consequence, in this era of rapid global environmental change requires ecologists to not only consider how systems function today, but to explore how they will function in a future dominated by new and in many cases chronic drivers of change, an increase in extreme events, and exposure to potentially novel interactions.    Read the Virtual Issue

Virtual Issue: BES Young Investigator Prizes - winners and runners up 2011

FEBRUARY 2012
Virtual Issue on the role of litter in ecosystems 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. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up from journal issues published in 2011. Congratulations to all concerned.
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Virtual Issue: Life after death: the role of litter in ecosystems

Edited by Ken Thompson
DECEMBER 2011

Virtual Issue on the role of litter in ecosystems Plant organs die, and ultimately whole plants die, but dead plant material, or litter, continues to have powerful effects on ecosystems, driving nutrient turnover, soil formation and atmospheric composition. Soil properties in turn have strong impacts on plant community composition, diversity and productivity.
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Virtual Issue: Open Access

OCTOBER 2011
Virtual Issue on open access To coincide with the 5th Annual Open Access Week, the five journals of the British Ecological Society are pleased to publish a virtual issue of open access papers recently published in the Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
 

Virtual Issue: the Evolutionary Ecology of Mutualisms

Edited by Frank Messina
JULY 2011
This virtual issue of Functional Ecology gathers 17 recent Functional Ecology papers that address the evolutionary ecology of mutualisms. The compilation is in part intended to coincide with two symposia (“Mutualistic Interactions: Causes and Consequences” and “Coevolution across the Parasitism-Mutualism Continuum”) at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology in 2011.
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Virtual Issue: BES Young Investigator Prizes - winners and runners-up 2010s

MARCH 2011
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. This virtual issue brings together the winning papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up. Congratulations to all concerned.
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Virtual Issue: Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress in Animals

Edited by Kevin McGraw, Peeter Hõrak, David Costantini & Alan Cohen
SEPTEMBER 2010
This virtual issue of Functional Ecology highlights a selection of articles that have appeared in the journal and that have contributed to the rapid expansion of knowledge about how natural variation in antioxidant supplies and oxidative-stress demands interact to shape the life-history adaptations of many organisms.
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Virtual Issue: the Ecology and Evolution of Plant Volatiles

Edited by Rob Raguso
JULY 2010
In the last decade, tantalizing glimpses of the invisible world of plant volatiles have been revealed through studies that have probed the functional ecology and evolutionary dynamics of chemical phenotypes. In this virtual special feature, the 6 original papers and introductory essay published in the special feature “Floral scent in a whole-plant context” are supplemented with 8 additional papers of topical relevance.
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Virtual Issue: Biodiversity

JUNE 2010
In recognition of International Year of Biodiversity, 2010, the five journals of the British Ecological Society - Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution - are pleased to publish a Virtual Issue of papers with biodiversity as a common theme.
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Virtual Issue: Food Webs

Edited by Andrew Beckerman & Owen Petchey
JANUARY 2010
Optimal foraging theory was originally developed as a tool to explore how to link animal and plant behaviour to the population dynamics and distribution of species, and the ecology of natural communities. This virtual issue of Functional Ecology highlights a selection of articles appearing in the journal that focus broadly on adaptive behaviour, trait responses to climate or other species and food webs.
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 This virtual issue accompanied the Functional Ecology special feature on Adaptive Foragers and Community Ecology

Virtual Issue: Causes and Consequences of Adaptive Evolution

Edited by Scott Carroll
JUNE 2009
Biologists define and describe organisms by their traits, and through the ecological and evolutionary consequences of those traits. As we enter an era dominated by rapid evolution in response to anthropogenically caused environmental change, understanding the functional significance of traits – how, through facilitation and constraint, they determine performance in the adaptive landscape – is an imperative charge of evolutionary biology, and one that Functional Ecology actively serves.
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Virtual Issue: Nutritional Ecology

Edited by Carol Boggs & David Raubenheimer
January 2009
Research on nutritional ecology is extensive, yet the area is under-recognized as a distinct field (Raubenheimer & Boggs, 2009). This virtual issue of Functional Ecology highlights a selection of the articles appearing in the journal over the past two years that focus on nutritional ecology.
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This virtual issue accompanied the Functional Ecology special feature by Carol and David on Nutritional Ecology.

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