Janne Alahuhta

Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Finland

Janne's research integrates macrosystem ecology, community ecology, spatial ecology and conservation ecology to study patterns and processes structuring aquatic plants at various spatial scales. He is especially interested to understand how and why different functional plant groups and plant traits respond to global change. Janne has mainly worked in boreal region, but he has lately expanded his research to freshwater systems located in other parts of the world as well. Website.

Daniel C. Allen,

Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA

Dan is a community and ecosystem ecologist, and is interested in how community structure and ecosystem function covary across multiple spatial scales. He works in stream and riparian ecosystems using quantitative, landscape, observational and experimental approaches. He is particularly interested in food webs and stable isotopes. Website.

Frédéric Angelier

Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, France

Frédéric Angelier is a physiological and behavioural ecologist whose research interests focus on the role of physiology in mediating life-history trade-offs in wild vertebrates. He is especially interested in understanding how physiological mechanisms may constrain or enhance the ability of wild animals to cope with ongoing environmental changes. Specifically, his work focusses on eco-physiological processes, such as stress physiology, telomeres regulation, endocrinology, energy metabolism and the physiological regulation of parental care. He works on vertebrate species, both in the field and in the laboratory. Website.

Jennifer Baltzer

Department Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Jennifer’s research focuses on the contribution of functional and whole-plant traits to plant species distributions, both locally and regionally, and on the plastic and adaptive responses to environmental variation.She works primarily in forest ecosystems including tropical, temperate and boreal forests.     Website

Seth Barribeau,

Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, UK

Seth is an evolutionary ecologist who largely works on the interactions between hosts and parasites. Through a series of questionable life decisions, this work has become increasingly genomic. He uses these newish genomic approaches to try and understand how insects are able to display surprisingly complex immunological characteristics like specificity in response and resistance, and immune memory, when these hosts lack the adaptive immune responses of vertebrates. More details of Seth’s work can be found at his website (seth.barribeau.com).

Kasey Barton

Department of Botany, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kasey is an evolutionary ecologist whose research focuses on herbivory, plant defense, and seedling ecology. Most of her work examines how herbivory and defense vary across plant ontogeny in order to better understand the interplay between internal developmental constraints and external sources of selection pressure on shaping plant defense traits. Since joining the University of Hawaii faculty in 2010, her research has expanded more broadly into tropical plant ecology and conservation. Website

James R. Bell

Department of AgroEcology, Rothamsted Research, UK.

James is a quantitative ecologist with an interest in the spatio-temporal patterns of insects. His research spans the topics of migration, climate change impacts and multi-trophic ecology. He has a long-standing curiosity with arachnids but more recently the focus has been on aphids, moths and their regulators. Website.

Alison Bennett

The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom

Alison is an evolutionary ecologist studying plant interactions with the root mutualist arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. Her research can be divided into two general areas: 1) understanding how AM fungi influence the wide variety of other organisms that associate with plants (insect herbivores and pollinators, pathogens, nematodes and fungi), and 2) understanding how the mutualism between AM fungi and plants is maintained and exploring the selective pressures that threaten the mutualism in agricultural and invaded systems. One current major focus in her group is understanding how genotypic variation of AM fungi, plants, and herbivores influences their interactions.

Arjen Biere

Netherlands Institute of Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands

Arjen is interested in the evolutionary ecology of interactions between plants and their herbivores, pathogens and mutualists. His current research focuses on microbial mediation of plant direct and indirect defense against herbivorous insects.


Neeltje Boogert

Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

Neeltje is a behavioural ecologist aiming to understand how developmental conditions shape social behaviour and cognitive performance. She also studies animal communication, sexual selection, personality and physiology. She mostly uses avian model systems, but has recently started work on fish.

María Jesús Iglesias Briones

Ecologia y Biologia Animal, Universidad de Vigo, Spain

Maria's main research interest is the role of soils in global change, in particular I try to quantify soil biodiversity changes and their potential implications for the C sink/source function. Research combines the use of stable isotopes (13C and 15N) at natural abundance levels as potential in situ tracers of the trophic structure of edaphic communities and their functional role in natural and agricultural systems together with the application of radiocarbon techniques to investigate the interaction between soil fauna activities and the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition in response to climate change

Alison Brody
Department of Biology, University of Vermont, USA

Alison's research focuses on understanding the patterns, underlying mechanisms, and processes, that govern multiple species interactions. Questions include how species interactions affect plant life-history and the evolution of floral traits, and how species interactions drive biological diversity. Study systems primarily involve flowering plants and their suite of visitors in sub-alpine habitats, and termites and ungulates in East African savannas. Website

Diane Campbell

University of California, Irvine, USA

Diane studies the mechanisms of evolution in natural plant populations. She is particularly interested in how interactions with animal pollinators influence evolution of floral traits and reproductive systems, and in hybrid fitness and its implications for speciation. Website

Emily Carrington

Department of Biology, University of Washington, USA

Emily investigates the physiological ecology of marine organisms, especially those living on wave-swept rocky shores. She often takes an ecomechanical approach to her study of marine invertebrates and macroalgae, applying the basic engineering principles to evaluate how they work in changing environments. Website

Susana Clusella-Trullas

Dept. of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Susana is a physiological ecologist whose research focuses on the responses of ectotherms to changing environmental conditions and potential interactive effects of climate change and biological invasions. Her team combines theory, laboratory and field approaches to tackle questions pertaining to thermal adaptation including performance-fitness trade-offs, evolutionary and plastic mechanisms and behavioural thermoregulation. She is fond of using the right organism for the question at hand so her study organisms have included lizards, frogs, insects and fish. She also enjoys exploring new analytical tools to undertake analyses of trait variation at global scales. Website

Julia Cooke

School of Earth, Environment and Ecosystem Sciences, The Open University, UK

Julia is a plant ecologist, particularly interested in ecological strategies and the way plants use silicon. Her research spans trait patterns and trade-offs, invasive species, comparative analysis and plant-animal interactions. Website.


David Costantini

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

David's research interests include the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants as mediators of life-history variation, hormesis, the impacts of environmental changes (including land-use changes, pollutants and climate changes) on animal populations, the use of physiological endpoints in assessments/predictions of population responses to environmental changes and meta-analysis as a tool to develop a quantitative synthesis of research results. His research mostly focuses on vertebrates and is carried out with species under natural, semi-natural or captivity conditions. Website

Daniel E. Crocker

Sonoma State University, USA

Dan is a physiological and behavioral ecologist with interests in features that impact reproductive and foraging strategies in marine vertebrates. Specific interests include metabolic adaptations for extended fasting and breath-hold diving. Recent work also examines effects of stress responses on immune function and reproduction. Much of his research involves field studies of pinnipeds, seals and sea lions.

Goggy Davidowitz

University of Arizona, USA

Goggy's broad area of interest is in ecological and evolutionary physiology: how organisms adjust growth and fitness in response to both short-term and long-term environmental variation. His lab places a strong emphasis on the whole organism. He combines field, greenhouse and lab experiments and use a diverse set of tools and conceptual frameworks to integrate the fields of physiology, ecology, behavior and evolutionary biology. Website

Sarah E. Diamond

Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Sarah is an evolutionary ecologist with specific interests in biological responses to climate and land-use change. She uses macroecological approaches to identify biogeographic patterns of vulnerability to global change, and dissects the mechanisms underlying these patterns using manipulative field and laboratory experiments. Her work is more question-forward than system-specific, though she does typically focus on terrestrial arthropods. Website

Ellen Dorrepaal

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University

Ellen Dorrepaal is an arctic plant ecologist who is interested in how plants differ in their responses to climate change and their impacts on other organisms and ecosystem processes. She compares the role of plants in the carbon and nutrient cycles across tundra and peatland ecosystems both in summer and winter. Website

Rana El-Sabaawi

Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Rana El-Sabaawi studies how organisms transfer energy and nutrients in their ecosystems. Her research interests include trophic ecology, food webs, trait-based ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, nutritional ecology, and biology stoichiometry. Her group has worked in temperate and tropical ecosystems, and in freshwater and marine environments. Website

Katie Field

School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK

Katie is a plant ecophysiologist with a special interest in the functioning and evolution of below-ground mutualisms. Her background is in mycorrhizal symbiosis, genotype-phenotype-environment interactions and the use of environmental metabolomics in ecology. At present, her research is focussed on carbon and nutrient (N and P) fluxes between plants and their rhizospheric symbionts, utilising stable and radio-isotope tracer techniques. Website and twitter

Rachel E. Gallery

School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, USA

Rachel is a community ecologist focused on the ecology of soil microbes and plant-microbe interactions. Working in lowland tropical forests, semi-arid grasslands, and high elevation mixed conifer forests, her experimental research approach examines the effects of species-specific plant-microbe interactions on plant population dynamics and community diversity, how disturbance and environmental gradients alter taxonomic and functional diversity of plant and soil microbiomes, and the impacts of these shifts on carbon storage and nutrient cycling. Website

Ismael Galván

Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC, Spain

Ismael's research aims at finding the evolutionary implications of animal pigmentation. He investigates how the physiological mechanisms behind the synthesis of pigments, particularly melanins, determine the relative costs and benefits of expressing pigmented traits and constrain other processes such as the capacity to adapt to certain environmental conditions. Ismael mainly uses birds as study models, and combines experimental laboratory designs with studies in wild populations as well as intraspecific studies with interspecific comparisons. Website.

Daniel García

Depto. Biología de Organismos y Sistemas, Universidad de Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

Dani has been studying plant-animal interactions for more than 20 years. In that time, he's studied the functionality of these interactions from population, community, and even landscape ecology approaches. More recently, he has focussed on ecological interactions, seeking to answer how the structure of interaction networks drive the magnitude and the stability of ecosystem functions and services, and how the spatial configuration of landscape conditions and the biodiversity-ecosystem function link.Website

Ernesto Gianoli

Departamento de Biología, Universidad de La Serena, Chile

Ernesto's research interests include the phenotypic plasticity of plants, insect-plant interactions, plant adaptive responses to herbivory and abiotic factors, the ecology and evolution of climbing plants, and the ecology of invasive plants. His work focusses on establishing functional explanations for ecological patterns and to better understanding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant interactions with herbivores and the environment.Website

Oscar Godoy

Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla-CSIC, Spain

Oscar studies the mechanisms by which species interactions modulate coexistence and invasion. His research combines theory with experimental and observational work in grasslands and forests of Mediterranean and Temperate systems. Oscar’ s research put special emphasis on the functional and phylogenetic determinants of plant community assembly and their consequence for ecosystem functioning. He is also becoming increasingly interested in how plant-animal interactions, both mutualism and antagonism, determine species coexistence across trophic levels. Website

Jeremy Goldbogen

Stanford University, USA

Jeremy’s research interests focus on the connection between morphology, performance, and ecological niche. Specific systems of interest include the physiological ecology and biomechanics of filter feeding in marine vertebrates, predatory-prey interactions and foraging ecology of cetaceans, and bio-logging of kinematic and physiological parameters to investigate functional ecology. Website

David Grémillet

Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France

David Grémillet was educated as a biological oceanographer and developed a keen interest in animal ecophysiology and biotelemetry. After a PhD at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel (Germany) and a Post Doc with NERC-CEH in Banchory, Scotland, he joined CNRS (France) in 2000. He is currently leading the spatial ecology research group at CEFE-CNRS in Montpellier. His research aims at understanding the responses of seabirds to global change, and focuses on the feeding behaviour, energetics and evolution of marine birds facing climate change, pollution and fisheries. Website.

Jennifer Grindstaff

Oklahoma State University, USA

Jen investigates physiological and behavioral responses to stressors throughout the lifespan; current research focuses on the role of maternal and developmental environments in adult phenotype and the physiological and ecological basis of personality traits. Website.

Miranda HartMiranda Hart

University of British Columbia, Canada

Miranda Hart is a soil microbial ecologist who is interested in how soil microbes can be used to promote sustainable land use. Her primary focus is on arbuscular mycorrhizal communities. Website


Dana Hawley

Department of Biological Sciences, VirginiaTech, USA

Dana investigates the ecology and evolution of host–pathogen interactions in natural systems; specific interests include the interaction between animal behavior, physiology, and disease dynamics, and the role of abiotic factors in mediating host immunity and disease resistance over space and time. Website

Ruben Heleno,

The Centre for Functional Ecology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal

Ruben started off as an ornithologist, but rapidly become fascinated by biotic interactions and network theory as a tool to frame important conservation issues such as biodiversity loss, biological invasions, biocontrol and refaunation at the community level. Besides ecological networks, his main interests are in understanding the process of seed dispersal by animals, and particularly its relationship with general island biogeography and community assembly rules. In 2013, Ruben established a research group on ecological networks based in Portugal. He has participated in projects in the Azores, Galapagos, Mozambique, São Tomé, Seychelles and mainland Portugal, and established a large and long-lasting network of international collaborators. Website.

Anthony Herrel

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France

Anthony uses comparative laboratory and field-based approaches to try to understand the evolution of complex, integrated systems. His is interested in the role of function (mechanics and performance) and trade-offs in driving phenotypic change.

Tim Higham

University of California Riverside, USA

Tim investigates locomotion and feeding in vertebrates by combining comparative biomechanics, functional morphology, ecology, and physiology.  He is interested in determining what drives and constrains phenotypic diversity, and how this relates to organismal function. Website

Liza Holeski

Northern Arizona University, USA

Liza is an evolutionary ecologist and geneticist whose research focuses on plant-herbivore interactions and the evolution and genetics of plant defense. She is particularly interested in the relative impacts of genetic and environmental effects on plant phenotypes. Her research generally focuses on Mimulus and Populus species. Website

William A. Hopkins

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Bill studies how wildlife respond physiologically and behaviourally to disturbances. He is particularly intrigued by tradeoffs among physiological processes (e.g., reproduction, thermoregulation, immune function) and how ecological changes may force animals to reprioritize their investments of time and energy. A common theme in his research is centred around how ecological changes influence maternal behaviour and physiology, which can in turn affect the fitness of offspring. Website

Jerry Husak

Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas, USA

Jerry’s research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape behavioural, physiological, and morphological traits. He works primarily with lizards to link morphology, performance, and fitness by combining laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. He also integrates life-history theory with functional morphology to study trade-offs among physical performance, reproduction, and immunity. Website

Caroline Isaksson

Evolutionary Ecology Unit, Lund University, Sweden

Caroline integrates ecology, evolution and physiology to answer questions in life-history biology. Central to her research is the role of oxidative stress and nutrition for performance of wild vertebrates. Her current main research focus is on the impact of urbanisation on bird populations (and the environment) using tools and approaches from ecology, toxicology to genetics. Website

 Hefin Jones

School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK

Combines laboratory and field approaches to ask how organisms respond and adapt to changing and fluctuating environmental conditions. Study systems primarily involve fungus-soil fauna and insect-plant interactions. More recently, has taken this work into freshwater habitats. Website

Shaun Killen

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK

Shaun studies the physiological and behavioural ecology of animals and especially how energetic demand influences foraging, predator-avoidance, and social behaviours. He is also interested in the effects of environmental stress on animal physiology, behaviour, and links among traits in an ecological context. Most of his work in these fields focuses on freshwater and marine fishes. Website



Julia Koricheva

School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom

Julia’s research focuses on ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions, particularly the mechanisms of plant resistance to herbivores, relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning, and methods and applications of meta-analysis and research synthesis in ecology. She works primarily in boreal and temperate forest ecosystems. Website

Gaku Kudo

Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Major interests are in plant responses and adaptation to seasonality and biological interactions via phenological dynamics. Investigates flowering phenology responding to climate and environmental variations, plant reproductive strategies, plant-pollinator interaction, global change impacts on alpine ecosystem, and phenological structure and function of plant communities in northern ecosystems. Website

Markku Larjavaara

Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

Since childhood, Markku has been fascinated by trees, especially the huge trunks that trees construct to place their tiny leaves in the sun above the leaves of neighbouring trees. He started by studying simple forest ecosystems of the North and in the recent years, has expanded his work to study tropical rainforests, which contain the greatest diversity of woody stem structures. Website

Kwang Pum Lee

Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Kwang Pum’s research is aimed at understanding physiological, behavioral, and evolutionary responses of insects when adapting to various forms of environmental challenge, such as food nutritional imbalance, parasitism, temperature changes, starvation, etc. He is particularly interested in exploring the nutritional basis of life-history trade-off and how nutrition mediates the relationships between hosts and parasites. His study organisms include caterpillars and Drosophila.

Jean-François Lemaître,

Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive, University of Lyon (University Claude Bernard Lyon 1), France

Jean-François is an evolutionary biologist who is particularly interested in the evolution of actuarial and reproductive senescence across vertebrates. More specifically, he is working to understand how environmental conditions and physiological performance shape the variability of senescence patterns observed across species, populations and individuals. He is using a wide range of approaches including comparative analyses and observational studies. Jean-François’s other research topics notably include sexual selection and sperm competition. Website.

Shawn Leroux

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Shawn is an ecosystem ecologist, with a particular interest in the role of consumers (predators, herbivores, detritivores) in ecosystem nutrient cycling. He applies mechanistic and stoichiometrically-explicit mathematical models as well as empirical and experimental studies in freshwater, forest, and marine ecosystems in the Canadian boreal region in his research. Website

Danielle Levesque

School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine, USA

Danielle is an evolutionary and ecological physiologist primarily interested in the comparative energetics and the evolution of mammalian temperature regulation. She uses field and laboratory experiments, to seek to understand how rigidity or flexibility in metabolism and body temperature regulation affects the energetics of a species, and how their evolutionary history has shaped these patterns. Website.

Laura Llorens Guasch

Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Girona, Girona, Spain

Laura is a plant ecophysiologist whose main research focusses on the study of response mechanisms of plant species and their communities to climate change. Specifically, she has studied how changes in environmental factors such as water availability, temperature, CO2, and ultraviolet radiation can affect the physiological performance (gas exchange rates, photochemical efficiency, water use efficiency, photoprotective mechanisms, etc.), flowering phenology and growth of different plant species, and, ultimately, how these changes can alter plant species composition, richness and primary productivity at the ecosystem level. Currently, she is particularly interested in the role of ultraviolet radiation, and its interaction with water availability, in the regulation of plant and ecosystem functioning.

Heath MacMillan

York University, Canada

Heath is an ecophysiologist with an interest in the mechanisms that underlie critical limits to abiotic stress tolerance in invertebrates. His lab uses electrophysiology, neuroendocrinology, and epithelial physiology and biochemistry to study the evolution and phenotypic plasticity of thermal performance in insects and (occasionally) crustaceans. Website.

Jessamyn S. Manson

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

Jessamyn’s research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions. In particular, she is interested in how plant secondary chemistry shapes relationships between plants, pollinators and herbivores. She also examines the behavioural ecology and population biology of native pollinators. Website.

Antonio J. Manzaneda

Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología. Universidad de Jaén, Spain.

Antonio is a plant evolutionary ecologist whose work focusses on the evolution of complex traits with a relevant ecological function in the context of adaptation. In particular, he is interested in understanding the ecological, genetic and evolutionary basis underlying natural variation in plant traits related to tolerance and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress and traits involved in plant-animal interactions. At the same time, he is also interested in knowing how changes in the land-use and fragmentation affect taxonomic, functional and genetic diversity, species interactions and ecosystem services. Website.

Katie Marshall Katie Marshall,

University of Oklahoma, USA

Katie Marshall is a physiological ecologist interested in ecological consequences of physiological thresholds, particularly in insects. Her current interests lie in linking low temperature physiology to poleward range boundaries.

Dustin Marshall

School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Dustin is a marine evolutionary ecologist with interests in quantitative genetics, maternal effects and complex life-histories. The unifying theme of his research is an attempt to understand the ecological and evolutionary consequences of intraspecific variation (be it phenotypic or genetic). He works primarily on sessile marine invertebrates in the shallow subtidal. Website

Clare McArthur

University of Sydney, Australia

Clare is interested in the ecology of mammals - how they live and interact with individuals of their own species, with plants and other animals within their community and with the environment itself. Her specific research interest is the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions.Website

Christine Meynard

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA

Christine is a macroecologist whose main interests revolve around species distribution modeling, metacommunities and diversity maintenance at intermediate to large scales. She has used virtual ecology to demonstrate and explore methodological issues related to these topics. She is particularly interested in empirical strategies to distinguish different theoretical paradigms using real-world spatial, phylogenetic and functional patterns of diversity, and has applied such strategies to a variety of biogeographic regions and taxonomic groups, including plants, fishes, birds and mammals. Website.

Christine W. Miller

University of Florida, USA

Christine is an evolutionary ecologist who focuses on the processes and outcomes of sexual selection. Current investigations include both laboratory and field studies on mate choice, male-male competitions, sexual dimorphism, and the evolution of animal weaponry. She examines these phenomena using insects in the family Coreidae, the leaf-footed bugs. Website

Kailen Mooney

University of California, Irvine, USA

Kailen’s studies the evolutionary, community and conservation ecology of tri-trophic interactions. Specifically, his research focuses on how species traits mediate tri-trophic interactions, and the consequences of this for the population biology, evolutionary dynamics and ecological processes. He uses meta-analysis and manipulative field experiments, and often works along latitudinal and elevational gradients in order to understand how climatic variation (and thus climate change) mediates these processes. Website

Elly Morriën

Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Elly is a soil ecologist interested in the interaction between plant communities and soil communities including micro-, meso- and macro-fauna. She is specifically interested in how food web interactions drive the soil community composition in the root-zone. She has looked at carbon flows through the soil food web with the use of stable isotopes on the effects of soil community change in a successional gradient. Currently, she is investigating the influence of plant root exudates on soil community assemblages with a special interest for mutualistic and potential plant pathogenic fungi. Website and twitter.

Helene Muller-Landeau

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, USA

Helene Muller-Landau’s research is directed towards understanding the structure and dynamics of plant communities and terrestrial ecosystems, especially of tropical forests. Her group integrates empirical and theoretical approaches to pursue this aim. A major focus of her current research concerns quantifying the carbon budgets of tropical forests, investigating how these respond to environmental variation and depend on plant functional composition, and working to improve the representation of tropical forests in earth system models. She is also particularly interested in understanding the forces shaping the functional composition and diversity of plants in different conditions. Website

Shuli Niu

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Shuli's research focuses on terrestrial ecosystems response to climate change and human disturbance. Specifically, she uses global change manipulative experiments to reveal ecosystem carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles as well as their couplings in response and feedback to global change. She also uses data mining approaches to synthesize regional and global patterns of ecosystem properties and their responses to environmental changes. Website

Jan Ohlberger

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA

Jan’s research aims at understanding how fish populations in marine and freshwater ecosystems respond to changes in environmental conditions, harvesting, and other sources of mortality. He works on a variety of topics including fisheries ecology, effects of climate change, shifts in population demographic structure, and consequences of intraspecific trait variation. Methods to investigate these topics include structured population models, simulation modeling, Bayesian inference and other statistical methods, lab experiments and fieldwork. Currently, much of his research focusses on the ecology of Pacific salmon. Website.

Rafael Oliveira

Department of Plant Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil

Rafael is broadly interested in tropical plant functional ecology. His research is focused on plant hydraulics and ecohydrology to better understand the impacts of drought on plant performance and ecosystem functioning. More recently, his group is also investigating the diversity of nutrient-acquisition mechanisms in plant communities.

Rebecca Ostertag

Department of Biology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

Becky is a tropical forest ecologist who examines questions relating to biological invasions, nutrient cycling, forest dynamics, and restoration. Her research has a strong field component and integrates natural history, community structure, and ecosystem dynamics. She is currently working on long-term dynamics of tropical forests using permanent plot sampling methodology and evaluating forest restoration using a functional trait approach. Website

Johannes Overgaard

Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Johannes research interest has the common denominator: How have animals adapted to handle variability and extremes in environmental factors such as temperature, water- and food availability? In his work he seeks to establish a link between physiological mechanism/capacity and their ecological consequences. His current research topics include physiological mechanisms underlying cold tolerance of insects, the role of oxygen transport for upper thermal tolerance limits in ectotherms and how water and energy balance influences the upper thermal tolerance of insects. Website

Mike Pfrender

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, USA

Mike's research is focused on evolutionary and ecological genomics. He is particularly interested in the relationship between short-term organismal responses to environmental stresses and adaptation to novel environments. He is trying to connect genome structure, quantitative genetic architecture, and patterns of gene expression, with the process of adaptation. Website

C. E. Timothy Paine

Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, UK

Tim’s research focusses on the factors that structure diverse tropical forests. He is particularly interested in species coexistence. Recent projects have involved using functional traits to explain patterns in community structure and individual growth rates.

Amy Pedersen

University of Edinburgh, UK

Amy is a disease ecologist who is interested in understanding the complexity of natural systems; where hosts are usually co-infected by multiple parasites and many parasites can infect several host species. Her research program aims to (1) use a systems approach to understand infection and immunity in the wild in order to improve host health and disease intervention strategies and (2) link the dynamics of both host and parasite communities to determine the drivers of cross species transmission and disease emergence. To address this natural complexity and provide generalities about multi-host, multi- parasite systems, Amy uses a variety of systems and approaches including field-based manipulations, laboratory experiments, theory and comparative analyses. Website

Sally Power

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Sally is an ecosystem ecologist with a particular interest in how climate change and air pollution affect plant communities, nutrient cycling and plant-soil feedbacks. She uses a wide range of field and laboratory approaches to explore the mechanisms underpinning community and ecosystem level responses to rainfall extremes, elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition, currently focusing on grassland and woodland ecosystems. Website

Steve Portugal

Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Steve is a comparative ecophysiologist. His research focuses on the physiology, sensory ecology and behavior of vertebrates. After a PhD and Post Doc at the University of Birmingham, and a Post Doc in the Structure and Motion Lab (RVC), he joined Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2014 as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Physiology. Website

Nick Priest

Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath

Nick’s research focuses on why we age. His lab combines studies of nutrient processing, genetics and large-scale demography in fruit flies to understand how infection, gender and available nutrition constrains the evolution of healthy aging. Website.


Sergio Rasmann

Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Sergio studies the ecology and evolution of plant-animal interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, chemical ecology, ecological gradients, and coevolution. Research projects include work on tritrophic interactions, trophic cascades, above-belowground interactions, local biodiversity, the biology of soil biota, and the evolution of plant defense strategies. Website.

Enrico L. Rezende

Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile

Enrico's research interests lie in the interface between physiology, ecology and evolution. Lineages differ in a variety of attributes that ultimately shape the range of environmental conditions that they can tolerate and how they interact with other organisms. From a mechanistic perspective, he looks at how evolutionary history contributes to (and partly explains) observed ecological patterns and employs a variety of empirical, comparative and theoretical approaches to studying this. His current research topics include the evolution of physiological performance and integrated phenotypes, the association between tolerance limits and geographic distribution and the fingerprint of evolutionary history on ecological networks of species interactions. Website

David Reznick

University of California, Riverside, USA

David's general interest is in studying the process of evolution by natural selection from an experimental perspective and testing evolutionary theory in natural populations. He primarily works on guppies from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. He participates in the Evolutionary Biology and Physiology graduate groups and serves as the UCR co-Associate Director of NERE, the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution. Website

Sabrina E. Russo

School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA

Sabrina’s research addresses the mechanisms that govern how communities are assembled and how species coexist to maintain diversity, with an emphasis on forest tree communities. A unifying theme of her current work is that understanding tree species’ life histories in terms of underlying functional variation and resource-allocation trade-offs provides insight into the distribution of species along resource gradients, which ultimately determines ecological patterns of diversity. Sabrina also works on seed dispersal, plant-soil feedbacks, seedling regeneration, and plant-animal interactions.

Anna Sala

Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, USA

Anna is interested in plant resource dynamics and its implications on plant life history strategies and responses to the environment. Most of her work is on trees and spans topics ranging from water transport to responses to fire (or lack of fire). Her current research investigates the role of non-structural carbon storage in trees, growth-related tradeoffs and mechanisms of tree mortality. Website.

Brett Sandercock

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway.

Brett is a population biologist with research interests in the evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology of terrestrial vertebrates. Current investigations include field studies of the phenological responses of arctic shorebirds to changing environmental conditions and benefits of grazing management for grassland songbirds in native prairie. Website

Emma J. Sayer

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Emma investigates how ecosystems respond to change. She is happiest when working in forests but also makes the occasional foray into grasslands. Her main research focus lies in determining how interactions between above- and belowground processes affect ecosystem function. Her work includes a wide range of tools borrowed from biogeochemistry, plant-, soil, and microbial ecology, so she is also intrigued by the methodological and scaling issues involved in multi-disciplinary research. If you are interested in submitting a review and wish to discuss it with Emma, please email her a short description of the proposed topic, including a brief statement about why it is relevant to readers of Functional Ecology (max. 350 words).

Matthias Schleuning

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Germany

Matthias studies the community ecology and biogeography of species interactions. His studies investigate how ecological and evolutionary factors structure mutualistic interaction networks between plants and animals. One of his main interests is the identification of functional traits that organize these networks and determine their associated ecosystem functions. He mostly works on seed dispersal and pollination by birds in tropical systems. Website.

Colleen Seymour

South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

Colleen is a community ecologist working mainly on plants, birds and invertebrates. Her focus is on how functional diversity and community composition change along gradients of disturbance, climate or with restoration. She is also interested functional traits and how their diversity can affect ecosystem functioning, for example, in the delivery of pollination services. African savannas are her big love, but she also works in the interface between agriculture and natural vegetation. Website

Adam M. Siepielski

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, USA

Adam is an evolutionary ecology investigating the causes, consequences, and maintenance of biological diversity. His work integrates studies on the evolution of species interactions, characterizing the factors that promote and constrain natural and sexual selection in wild populations, and identifying how species interactions structure communities. His work combines theoretical explorations of these themes with experimental, observational, and meta-analytical studies. Website

Keith Sockman

Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Keith is a physiological ecologist using endocrine and neurobiological techniques to investigate the ultimate and proximate factors controlling flexibility in reproductive decisions, such as timing of reproduction, reproductive effort, courtship effort, and mate-choice. Website


Carly Stevens

The Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK

Carly is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist who is interested in how plant communities and soils respond to global environmental change, especially atmospheric nitrogen deposition. She uses a variety of approaches to address her research questions from international gradients to pot experiments. She works primarily in grassland ecosystems and has a strong interest in grassland management and conservation. Website

Mark Tjoelker

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Mark’s research interests center on the impacts of global environmental change on forest and savanna ecosystems, particularly the effects on respiration and carbon cycling, climatic adaptation in plant traits, and the biogeography of forest trees. As a plant physiological ecologist, his work explores the linkages between plant traits and processes at the individual, community, and ecosystem scales. Website

Joseph Tobias

Imperial College London, UK

Joseph’s research investigates the processes generating, sustaining and structuring biodiversity, using a combination of experimental, phylogenetic and spatial mapping approaches to test theory, and to explain microevolutionary and macroevolutionary patterns over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Most of this work uses the world's birds as a study system, but he also looks at other components of biodiversity, from primates and reef fish to insects and plants. These insights can help predict and manage the response of ecosystems to global change, with applications from biodiversity conservation to environmental policy. His main interest lies in tropical systems, especially tropical rainforests, but his recent work is more global in scope.

Yngvild Vindenes

Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway/em>

Yngvild is interested in the role of intraspecific trait variation for biological processes at different scales, from individuals to communities. Using demographic model frameworks like matrix models and integral projection models, she investigates the underlying mechanisms involved in biological responses to climate change and other external factors such as harvesting. Her research combines theoretical modeling with empirical applications on various organisms from the field and in the lab. Website.

Cyrille Violle

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, France

Cyrille uses a trait-based characterization of organisms (plants, animals, microbes) to answer questions in functional ecology, community ecology, biogeography and agroecology. In particular, he investigates the mechanisms driving biotic interactions and species coexistence, the role of intraspecific and interspecific variability in community assembly processes, and the ecological and evolutionary drivers of species traits, trade-offs and ecological strategies.

Faming Wang

South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, PR. China

Faming is a biogeochemist whose work looks at how human perturbations of terrestrial ecosystems affect ecosystem biogeochemistry cycling and the response of plants and soil microbes. Much of his research focusses on tropical forests and coastal wetlands, which have the highest biomass or C sequestration rate on the planet, and are also hotspots for biogeochemical cycling. Thus, his work aims not only at understanding the basic biogeochemical processes occurring in these ecosystems, but also examining how humans are impacting elemental cycling in these ecosystems and predicting those responses to global changes. Website

Caroline Williams

Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Caroline is an ecological and evolutionary physiologist who studies the evolution of metabolic physiology in ectotherms, using insects as models. She is interested in the mechanisms and consequences of metabolic responses to emerging winter environments. Website.

Tony Williams

Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Tony's research integrates physiology and evolutionary biology, mainly focusing on avian life-histories and reproduction (though he also dabbles with eco-toxicology and migration physiology). His current main interests are in the hormonal control of phenotypic variation in timing of breeding, clutch size and parental care. Website