Virtual Issue: Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene

August 2016

The theme of the 2016 Ecological Society of America meeting is “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene”. The BES journals team agree that given our rapidly changing climate it is more important than ever to increase our understanding of basic ecological principals so that we can predict species responses to changing and novel ecosystems. All the BES journals welcome submissions that attempt to solve these problems. This Virtual Issue compiles some of our best research into the ecology of this new epoch and we hope that the below articles will be of interest to researchers and managers working in this important area.

Methods in Ecology and Evolution - Journal of Ecology - Functional Ecology - Journal of Animal Ecology - Journal of Applied Ecology 

Tackling extremes: challenges for ecological and evolutionary research on extreme climatic events
Bailey, L. D. and van de Pol, M.

Widespread correlations between climatic niche evolution and species diversification in birds
Cooney, C. R., Seddon, N. and Tobias, J. A

Forest structure drives global diversity of primates
Gouveia, S. F., Villalobos, F., Dobrovolski, R., Beltrão-Mendes, R. and Ferrari, S. F.

Socially mediated effects of climate change decrease survival of hibernating Alpine marmots
Rézouki, C., Tafani, M., Cohas, A., Loison, A., Gaillard, J.-M., Allainé, D. and Bonenfant, C.

Extreme precipitation reduces reproductive output of an endangered raptor
Ryan J. Fisher, Troy I. Wellicome, Erin M. Bayne, Ray G. Poulin, L. Danielle Todd and Adam T. Ford

Riparian tree cover enhances the resistance and stability of woodland bird communities during an extreme climatic event
Dale G. Nimmo, Angie Haslem, James Q. Radford, Mark Hall and Andrew F. Bennett

Pervasive early 21st-century vegetation changes across Danish semi-natural ecosystems: more losers than winners and a shift towards competitive, tall-growing species
Allan Timmermann, Christian Damgaard, Morten T. Strandberg and Jens-Christian Svenning

Agriculture modifies the seasonal decline of breeding success in a tropical wild bird population
Samantha J. Cartwright, Malcolm A. C. Nicoll, Carl G. Jones, Vikash Tatayah and Ken Norris

Subordinate plants sustain the complexity and stability of soil micro-food webs in natural bamboo forest ecosystems
Yuanhu Shao, Xiaoli Wang, Jie Zhao, Jianping Wu, Weixin Zhang, Deborah A. Neher, Yanxia Li, Yiping Lou and Shenglei Fu

Climate drivers of seed production in Picea engelmannii and response to warming temperatures in the southern Rocky Mountains
Arne Buechling, Patrick H. Martin, Charles D. Canham, Wayne D. Shepperd and Mike A. Battaglia

Life history evolution under climate change and its influence on the population dynamics of a long-lived plant
Jennifer L. Williams, Hans Jacquemyn, Brad M. Ochocki, Rein Brys and Tom E. X. Miller

The productivity, metabolism and carbon cycle of tropical forest vegetation
Yadvinder Malhi

Indirect effects of global change accumulate to alter plant diversity but not ecosystem function in alpine tundra
Emily C. Farrer, Isabel W. Ashton,Marko J. Spasojevic, Shiyang Fu, David J. X. Gonzalez and Katharine N. Suding

Temperature-induced recruitment pulses of Arctic dwarf shrub communities
Ulf Büntgen, Lena Hellmann, Willy Tegel, Signe Normand, Isla Myers-Smith, Alexander V. Kirdyanov, Daniel Nievergelt, Fritz H. Schweingruber

Measuring temporal turnover in ecological communities
Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Anne E. Magurran

A new procedure for extrapolating turnover regionalization at mid-small spatial scales, tested on British butterflies
Leonardo Dapporto, Gianni Ciolli, Roger L. H. Dennis, Richard Fox, Tim G. Shreeve

Inferring food web structure from predator–prey body size relationships
Dominique Gravel, Timothée Poisot, Camille Albouy, Laure Velez, David Mouillot

Climate change, species range shifts and dispersal corridors: an evaluation of spatial conservation models
Diogo Alagador, Jorge Orestes Cerdeira, Miguel Bastos Araújo

Resilience metrics to inform ecosystem management under global change with application to coral reefs
Peter J. Mumby and Kenneth R. N. Anthony

City slickers: poor performance does not deter Anolis lizards from using artificial substrates in human-modified habitats
Kolbe, J. J., Battles, A. C. and Avilés-Rodríguez, K. J.

Reconciling contradictory relationships between mobility and extinction risk in human-altered landscapes
Martin, A. E. and Fahrig, L

Is successional research nearing its climax? New approaches for understanding dynamic communities
Meiners, S. J., Cadotte, M. W., Fridley, J. D., Pickett, S. T. A. and Walker, L. R.

Large wildlife removal drives immune defence increases in rodents
Young, H. S., Dirzo, R., Helgen, K. M., McCauley, D. J., Nunn, C. L., Snyder, P., Veblen, K. E., Zhao, S. and Ezenwa, V. O.

Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favours adaptation to oxidative stress in birds
Galván, I., Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Jenkinson, S., Ghanem, G., Wakamatsu, K., Mousseau, T. A. and Møller, A. P.

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