I have always loved the Blue Marble image of Earth from the Apollo 17 mission, yet a large part of my science is focused on experimental responses at the scale of meter squared grassland plots or even individual grass plants. While I spent my early career wanting to be able to say something important about regional or global processes, I found myself feeling like generating any experimental insights into processes and ecosystem responses at larger scales would be an impossible fiction.
As a postdoc, I had the opportunity to do a multi-site study across a north-south precipitation gradient in California and jumped at it. Among other questions, I decided to ask about whether plants and insects varied similarly across sites in response to replicated experimental treatments. Yet, the idea of actually sampling – and then processing samples from – more than about four sites for more than a year or two was utterly daunting. Continue reading
In celebration of the UN’s International Year of Forests, and the British Ecological Society’s Symposium on Forests and Global Change, the Journal of Applied Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution have worked together to bring you two complementary virtual issues in these areas: one dealing with environmental management, and the other the most relevent new methodological developments in forest and global change research.
Sample papers from the Methods virtual issue include:
- A framework for assessing threats and benefits to species responding to climate change
by Chris D. Thomas, Jane K. Hill, Barbara J. Anderson, Sallie Bailey, Colin M. Beale, Richard B. Bradbury, Caroline R. Bulman, Humphrey Q. P. Crick, Felix Eigenbrod, Hannah M. Griffiths, William E. Kunin, Tom H. Oliver, Clive A. Walmsley, Kevin Watts, Nicholas T. Worsfold and Tim Yardley
- Heating up the forest: open-top chamber warming manipulation of arthropod communities at Harvard and Duke forests
by Shannon Pelini, Francis Bowles, Aaron Ellison, Nicholas Gotelli, Nathan Sanders and Robert Dunn
- Estimating the wood density of species for carbon stock assessments
by Olivier Flores and David A. Coomes
We hope that you will find these virtual issues both useful and engaging, and that they will help to contribute to future research in this highly relevant field!