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.
The fundamental aim of evolutionary ecology is to understand how biological diversity is generated and maintained across all levels of biological organisation. To do so entails understanding the way that ecological processes influence the course of evolution: that is, how evolutionary forces are generated, and modulated, by ecological communities and processes. Equally, it involves understanding how evolutionary history shapes and guides the ecological processes that operate in natural systems. Journal of Animal Ecology has a long history of publishing papers that have explored the interaction of these two fields, from understanding macroecological patterns to dissections of the causes of genetic variation within populations. This virtual issue, compiled to coincide with the 2016 Evolution meeting in Austin, Texas, reflects some of the most recent work in this area published in Journal of Animal Ecology.
To celebrate Endangered Species Day 2016 the BES journals have compiled this virtual issue on the topic. The papers below are drawn from the journals and provide examples of the latest research on endangered species. They cover a broad range of plants, animals and insects as well as terrestrial and aquatic systems. We hope that this selection of papers will be of interest to researchers and stakeholders in this important and fascinating field.
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The field of nutritional ecology, which examines how an organism’s nutritional requirements, foraging behavior and utilization of ingested nutrients are linked to the environment has a long and rich history. For many years nutritional ecology focused heavily on understanding how foraging behavior and growth responses differed as food quantity, were varied in both the laboratory and the field. In this virtual issue Associate Editor Spencer Behmer looks at how nutritional ecology has matured since these early days and discusses how there is now an appreciation that nutrition is multidimensional and complex, and animals must balance and regulate the intake of multiple nutrients simultaneously.
Edited by the BES journal editorial teams
The British Ecological Society journals in collaboration with our partner open access journal Ecology and Evolution are pleased to present a cross-journal virtual issue celebrating the sheer breadth of demography research published across our journals.
Edited by Luca Börger
When the ecologist Charles Sutherland Elton (1900-1991) developed the field of Animal Ecology (1927; 1933) and proposed the Journal of Animal Ecology in 1931 (see Animal Ecology - Legacy of Charles S Elton, Virtual Issue 2011), he stressed the necessity for the field to distinguish itself from the approaches used by plant ecologists, due to the different principles governing animal systems, most notably as ‘animals move about’ (Elton 1933). Since then the study of the causes and consequences of movement of organisms has become a central question in ecology, providing a link between individual behaviour and spatial processes, from population to community ecology and beyond.
This Virtual Issue has been compiled to coincide with the Movement Ecology Special Feature and is aimed at complementing it by reflecting recent exciting developments in the field, covered by papers in the Journal.
To coincide with the 8th annual Open Access Week, the Editors of Journal of Animal Ecology are pleased to release a Virtual Issue of all open access papers published in the Journal over the last years. If you would like to publish open access in the journal please see details here.
The Wildlife Society Annual Conference Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution have compiled this virtual issue on Monitoring Wildlife. The papers below are drawn from the journals and provide examples of the latest research in techniques for monitoring including remote sensing, telemetry , camera traps and modelling techniques and cover a broad range of animals including fish, mammals, invertebrates and birds. We hope that this selection of papers will be of interest to researchers and stakeholders in this highly topical field.
Edited by Ben Sheldon
Understanding the causes of structure within populations, and the consequences that structure has, is a central question in ecology. Approaches from graph theory – or network theory – where entities can be represented as nodes, and any sort of connection between them as an edge, have been used in community ecology for some time. Characterising a network of species interaction provides access to a host of quantitative methods for describing and understanding the structure of those interactions, at both smaller and higher levels.
Edited by Tim Coulson
The study of demographic rates and the identification of factors that affect them are central to population ecology, community ecology, population genetics, quantitative genetics and evolutionary biology. In this virtual issue Tim Coulson looks back though the archive of bio-demography papers published in the Journal from 1994 to the present day.
To coincide with the 7th annual Open Access Week, the Editors of Journal of Animal Ecology are pleased to release a Virtual Issue of all open access papers published in the Journal over the last two years. If you would like to publish open access in the journal please see details here.
Edited by Stuart Piertney
Over the years Journal of Animal Ecology has showcased a large number of papers that have exploited molecular markers, always with an emphasis on contributions that are driven by ecological questions rather than technology. This virtual issue brings together several of these papers from the past two or so years that wonderfully illustrate how the use of molecular tools has advanced our understanding of key and emerging issues in disease ecology, dispersal, population dynamics and reproductive strategy.
Edited by Simon Leather
Journal of Animal Ecology has long been a home for ground-breaking work using insects to gain insights into animal ecology, though recently the proportion of insect papers has been decreasing. In this Virtual Issue we showcase the critical role that studies on insects have played in shaping our understanding of animal ecology, in the hope that entomologists will send us more of their best work.
Edited by Eoin O'Gorman
The field of food web ecology has experienced an explosion of interest since the turn of the century, and many key papers in the field have a conspicuous link with Journal of Animal Ecology. In this VI, we highlight the contribution that papers in JAE have played in our understanding of food web ecology, including such areas as mutualistic and host-parasite networks, economically important agro-ecosystems, non-consumptive interactions, experimental manipulations of food webs, and mechanistic models.
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.
Edited by Ken Wilson
During its 82 year history, Journal of Animal Ecology has published many key papers on the ecology of animals in Africa. In this VI, we highlight a number of papers from the region, many of which take advantage of these unique protected areas, including the Kruger National Park in South Africa; the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya; and the Serengeti, Gombe Stream and Tarangire National Parks in Tanzania. The aim is to showcase the major contribution to animal ecology of studies conducted in this vast and extraordinarily diverse continent.
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.
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.This Virtual Issue provides a brief flavour of how papers in Journal of Animal Ecology and other BES journals since 2010 have contributed to basic scientific knowledge, improved understanding of environmental stress and the effectiveness of restoring freshwater 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 2012. Congratulations to all concerned.
Edited by Tim Coulson
In this Virtual Issue we flag a range of papers examining evolutionary dynamics of behaviour, life history and morphological characters across a range of species in both the lab and the field. Journal of Animal Ecology is always delighted to receive papers on evolution in animal systems, particularly when they reveal the role of ecological processes.
Edited by Ken Wilson and Jos Barlow
In this Virtual Issue, we highlight the breadth and depth of ecological research in South America published in two of the British Ecological Society journals: Journal of Animal Ecology and Journal of Applied Ecology. The thirty studies we highlight here were mostly published in the last decade, and cover a range of countries.
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.
Edited by Ken Wilson
In 1931, the animal ecologist Charles Sutherland Elton (1900-1991) proposed to the British Ecological Society Council that it establish a new journal for publishing papers in the 'neglected area of animal ecology'. In the following year, he became the first editor of the new Journal of Animal Ecology, a role he served in for nearly twenty years. To celebrate this anniversary, here we launch a Virtual Issue to showcase Elton's ecological legacy.
Edited by Ken Wilson and Mike Boots
For almost eighty years, Journal of Animal Ecology has been publishing papers on the diseases of wild animals – the first was a short note published in Volume 1 of the journal back in 1932 by A.D. Middleton called: “Syphilis as a disease of wild rabbits and hares”! In Issue 1, January 2011, we publish an invited review of wildlife disease ecology by Tompkins et al., and to coincide with this we have compiled a virtual issue of some of the exciting papers published in this field in our journal.
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.
Edited by Tim Coulson
The Journal of Animal Ecology has a long tradition of publishing research in evolutionary ecology. Over the years papers published in the journal have provided many key insights into the modus operandi of evolution in animal species. To celebrate the bi-centenary of Darwin's birth we have compiled a virtual issue of some of the exciting works showing the links between ecology and evolution and which have made a major impact on the way we think.
Edited by Graeme Hays
Small reliable transmitters and data-loggers can now be attached to animals for long periods. This virtual issue of Journal of Animal Ecology brings together recent material published in the journal on the applications of biotelemetry and biologging to a broad range of ecological questions and covers terrestrial, marine and aerial species. Amazing data-sets are coming out of field studies and we cover the developments in data-analysis that are at the vanguard of efforts to make the most of such information, as well as the ecological applications of both established and state-of-the-art devices.
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