Aquatic Ecology 2017

The Caribbean giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta. Photo Credit: Steven E McMurray, UNCW

Last Updated: 7 September 2017

Nessa O’Connor

Chair, BES Aquatic Group
There is a perception within the aquatic community, not without substance (see Menge et al. 2009), that the work of aquatic ecologists is often unfairly overlooked and their studies are sometimes dismissed because of a bias against studies that are inextricably linked to their particular study system. The notion that studies founded in aquatic ecosystems are somehow of limited interest to the wider ecological community seems to persist, despite many reviews* (see references) showing how the general field of ecology benefits from better integration of terrestrial and aquatic ecology (and ecologists). We would like to remind reviewers and editors to consider this when assessing a paper for publication based on its suitability for a journal. Aquatic ecologists must continue to publish in journals traditionally perceived as avenues for terrestrially-oriented studies. In addition, when writing and reviewing manuscripts, we must ensure that the most appropriate studies are cited, from both aquatic and terrestrial systems, thus, informing a wider community of ecologists of the often ground-breaking studies from cross-disciplinary approaches.

This Virtual Issue, launched at the 2017 BES Aquatic Group science meeting to illustrate how theoretical, empirical and synthetic studies based in aquatic ecosystems are leading the way in many fields of ecology well beyond the scope of the particular study system. All of the BES journals publish outstanding ecological science from all realms. The BES also has several Special Interest Groups which support and promote particular cross-cutting themes, such as macroecology, climate change, and quantitative ecology, and ecosystem-specific groups, including forest, agriculture and aquatic ecology.

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