Editorial Board

Executive Editor

Jos Barlow

Professor in conservation science, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK

Jos’s research examines biodiversity responses to environmental change in tropical ecosystems. It aims to understand how human-dominated tropical forest landscapes can be managed to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, while maintaining the livelihoods of rural peoples. He has worked on a wide range of taxa, and has studied ecological issues in many different management systems, including selectively logged native forests, agroforests, fast-growing timber plantations, slash-and-burn, cattle ranching and mechanised agriculture.

Senior Editors

Nathalie Pettorelli

Research fellow, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK

The core of Nathalie’s published research focuses on climate change and its effects on animal ecology and ecosystem functioning.
Extensive experience with remote sensing data and its usefulness in ecology and conservation also drives her interest in promoting a better integration of satellite-based data in global monitoring programs.
Follow Nathalie on Twitter: @Pettorelli

Phil Stephens

Associate Professor, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, UK

Phil is interested in the use of predictive population ecology to inform biodiversity conservation and wildlife management.

To that end, his research ranges from population monitoring, dealing with uncertainty in population data, and identifying the drivers of population change, to natural selection as a predictive concept in population biology. He is also interested in species interactions – especially predator-prey interactions and their energetic underpinnings.

Follow Phil on Twitter: @PS_Applied_Ecol

Martin Nuñez

Researcher, CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), Argentina and Professor, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Martin’s research interests include biological invasions, conservation, mycorrhizal ecology and forestry. He has worked in different parts of the Americas focused mostly on non-native plant species, their interactions with the local flora and fauna, and the problems they generate. He is now also working on different aspects of plant–soil biota interactions from basic and applied perspectives.
Follow Martin on Twitter: @Martin_A_Nunez

Michael Bode

ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor, James Cook University, Australia

Michael's conservation work focuses on efficient decision-making under severe uncertainty, and the optimal management of dynamical systems. He is also interested in the population and community dynamics of spatially structured environments, particularly dispersing species on coral reefs.

Marc Cadotte

Marc Cadotte (Executive Editor on sabbatical from journal until July 2018)

Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada
Marc studies the assembly, dynamics and functioning of ecological communities. To understand mechanisms driving coexistence, he uses modelling, experimental and observational methods in aquatic, microbial and plant systems. Marc also employs phylogenetic methods where evolutionary relationships are used as a surrogate representing species differences. He uses these basic ecological methods to provide scientific rationale for informed conservation management and policy.

Editorial Office

Managing Editor

Erika Newton

Assistant Editor

Kirsty Lucas

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Associate Editors

Robert Arlinghaus
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries & Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Robert is an interdisciplinary fisheries professor interested in the interactions of humans and aquatic ecosystems. He mainly studies recreational fisheries as complex adaptive systems using a range of methods and approaches spanning the social and biological and evolutionary sciences such as survey-based human dimension studies, institutional analysis, fish population dynamics and experimental evolution mimicking harvesting pressure. Website

Cristina Banks-Leite
Imperial College London, UK
Cristina's research focuses on understanding how environmental changes impact species and communities, and the consequences of these impacts to ecosystem functioning. She addresses these questions using empirical and theoretical approaches, and directs her research to inform environmental management policies. Most of her current projects are based in the tropics, specifically in the Amazon and Atlantic Forest. Website

Silke Bauer
Schweizerischen Vogelwarte Sempach, Switzerland
Silke is fascinated by animal migrations and particularly, by their timing, the cues animals use to time journeys and how timing can be affected by the level of information, environmental stochasticity and global changes. Although much of her research has been devoted to migrants and migrations themselves, it increasingly also recognizes that migrants can have a multitude of effects and interactions with the resident communities visited during their journeys and recent projects focus on one of these interactions - the capacity of migrants to disperse pathogens and parasites. Website

Jacqueline Beggs
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jacqueline's research programme is divided into three main themes: the ecology and control of invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystem, pollination ecology and restoration ecology. The main purpose of her research is to contribute to the understanding of the ecological consequences of anthropogenic change, particularly invasive species and ultimately to assist in conserving the native biodiversity of New Zealand. Her research focuses on invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystems, particularly communities influenced by sugar-rich resources; honeydew and nectar. Website

Céline Bellard
University College London, UK
One of the greatest challenges for ecologists is to understand how climate change will interact with other threats and impact biodiversity and society in the future. To date, Céline has mainly focused her research on the impact of local climate change, sea-level rise, biological invasions, and land-use changes as independent threats. Her main research interest is now to improve the characterisation of the future impacts for biodiversity taking into account synergies between threats. This will allow her to provide better risk assessment and give more chance for conservation to succeed in a long-term perspective. Website

Joseph Bennett
Carleton University, Canada
Joseph's research touches on a variety of themes including conservation prioritization, invasion ecology, optimal monitoring, biogeography and spatial statistics. He has a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species. He also works on theoretical questions regarding the value of monitoring information and the determinants of community assembly in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Website

Claudia Bieber
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Claudia’s main research interests include eco-physiology, behavioural and population ecology. She is especially interested in seasonal adaptations (e.g. hibernation) and in the effects of pulsed resources on vital rates and life-history strategies in mammals. She also investigates the impact of climate change on individuals and populations. Website

Julia Blanchard
University of Tasmania, Australia
Julia’s work has contributed to understanding how body size and other ecological traits affect the structure, dynamics and resilience of ecosystems and how this knowledge can be used to predict the ecosystem consequences of fishing and climate change. She also has wide ecological and interdisciplinary research interests including comparison of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Her new research projects aim to improve understanding at the nexus of biodiversity, food security and climate change. These projects are enabling her to develop and test global size-based ecosystem models, spanning many different types of marine ecosystems (from coastal reefs to the open ocean), and using these to study links with human and land-based systems. Website

Rob Britton
Bournemouth University, UK
Rob’s research interests include biological invasions, the response of species to climate change and the conservation ecology of threatened species. His focus is on studying freshwater ecology and especially fish. He studies aspects including responses of life history traits, trophic ecology (using stable isotopes) and movement patterns to environmental change and is particularly interested in how populations and communities respond to the management of invasive species. He has previously worked as a scientist for a governmental agency in England and so has strong appreciation of how practitioners should apply ecological research in their work. Website

 Lars Brudvig
Michigan State University, USA

Lars' research investigates how human activities impact the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems and approaches to their restoration. He approaches these topics through the application of theory to environmental problem solving, broad-scale surveys, experiments, and collaboration with restoration and management practitioners. Current projects focus on temperate and subtropical North American grasslands and savannas. Website

Nathalie Butt
University of Queensland, Australia
Nathalie's work is concerned with the interactions between biodiversity and climate/climate change, previously focusing on forests in tropical South America, temperate Europe, south western USA and Australian eucalypt ecosystems. She works on multi-scale analyses of climate and human impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem function and processes, and species’ and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change. Website

Yong Cao
University of Illinois, USA
Yong is a stream ecologist interested in monitoring and assessing the impacts of human activities on aquatic communities through statistical modelling. How the distributions of individual species and species diversity (fish, aquatic insects, and mussels) are related to both natural environments and human disturbances is also a topic of great interest. His other study areas include multivariate analysis, ecological data quality and comparability, and biodiversity conservation. Website

Silvia Carvalho
University of Porto, Portugal
Silvia's current research interests focus on the interface between ecological modelling, systematic conservation planning and evolution. Particularly, she is interested in developing methodologies and tools to integrate phylogenetic relationships and spatial patterns of genetic diversity into systematic conservation planning, and to optimize biodiversity conservation under dynamic threats, such as climate and land-use change. Her research focuses in diverse geographic areas but particularly in the Mediterranean region and the Sahara, and she is currently interested in developing strategies to integrate conservation planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms. Website

Lei Cheng
Zhejiang University, China
Lei is interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms by which climate change factors affect the functioning and structure of terrestrial ecosystems. By combining molecular, genomic and ecological tools, he seeks to understand how microbes regulate carbon and nutrient cycling in soil and water. Website

Melinda Coleman
Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales Fisheries and National Marine Science Centre, Australia
Melinda is a Principal Research Scientist based at the National Marine Science Centre and an adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Australia. Her research focuses on ecology and population genetics of underwater forests with the aim of directly informing conservation and management strategies. Melinda’s research spans temperate systems globally, with a focus on trans-continental comparisons of underwater forest connectivity and its implications for population resilience to climatic stress. Melinda’s position with government provides a direct pathway to uptake and her research findings have influenced policy and management. Website

Ben Collen
University College London, UK
Ben’s research is focused on understanding how biodiversity is changing under the influence of human pressures. He uses long-term data on abundance and extinction risk of species, as well as ecosystem models, to quantify changes and predict future dynamics. Website

Juan Corley
CONICET (National Research Council of Argentina) and INTA (National Institute for Agriculture and Livestock Technology), Argentina
With a full-time dedication to research and based in an agricultural field station in NW Patagonia, Juan´s work examines the behavioural and population ecology of wasps (parasitoids, social species and woodboring Hymenoptera). He is especially interested in the application of some aspects of ecological and evolutionary theory (such as dispersal) for an improved use of natural enemies in pest management. With this in mind, Juan´s work involves lab experiments as well as handling historical data. He is also keen on contributing- through specific ecological studies and also through his involvement in policy development- towards sustainable plantation forestry in South America. Website

Pieter De Frenne
Ghent University, Belgium
Pieter’s research interests are climate change, global change ecology, general and applied botany, (agro)biodiversity and seed ecology from the individual to the ecosystem level. He is particularly interested in the effects of global change (climate change, land-use change, pollution, invasive species) on plants in ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, alpine meadows and agroecosystems. To answer questions in connection to plant population biology, botany and ecology and global change themes, he uses observational studies, experimental approaches, large databases and modelling. Website

Sarah Diamond
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

Tim Diekötter
Kiel University, Germany
Tim is a landscape ecologist with a special interest in agroecosystems. His research addresses the effects of landscape composition and configuration as well as land-use intensity on patterns of biodiversity in these systems. He is also very much interested in how ecosystem services such as pollination or biological control in agricultural landscapes change with biodiversity. In this context, it is another research focus of his to find out how agri-environmental schemes may most effectively benefit species diversity and promote the associated ecosystem services for an ecological intensification of future agroecosystems. Website

Don Driscoll
Deakin University, Australia
Don's research is embedded in ecology and conservation biology, with programs in four areas: movement and spatial population dynamics; threatened species conservation; restoration and invasive plant species, and; fire ecology.  Linking ecological theory to applied conservation problems has been a theme of his career.  Don said, "I hope to explore these links in greater depth over coming years using the leverage that new technology offers.  We can now address questions using data sets previously unobtainable. It's a very exciting time to be an ecologist." Website

Johan du Toit
Utah State University, USA
The focus of Johan’s research is the ecology of large mammals in terrestrial ecosystems. He studies interactions among species of different body size within trophic guilds, interactions between ungulates and their food plants including ecosystem-level effects on nutrient cycling, and differences in behaviour, diet, and habitat use among sex and age classes within large mammal populations. Together with his students and postdocs, Johan investigates these topics by conducting field studies in southern African savannas and western American rangelands. A theme of his research and publications is the conservation of terrestrial ecosystem processes through the integration of science and management. Website

Sarah Durant
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK
Sarah's research interests centre around conservation biology, with an emphasis on the problems faced by endangered species. In particular she is interested in the implications of competition and habitat heterogeneity for population persistence, the impact of predator avoidance behaviours on the spatial distribution of populations, population viability analysis and human/wildlife conflict. She is especially interested in using the results generated from research by her and others to facilitate on the ground conservation. Website

Bret Elderd
Louisiana State University, USA
Bret's research examines how population dynamics are affected by changes in community structure, climate, and environmental variation. In his work, he combines models with experimental or historical data to understand what drives population trajectories with an emphasis on disease and population ecology. A large portion of Bret's work examines how abiotic and biotic factors influence the interaction between insect hosts and their pathogens. In general, he is interested in exploring questions related to population dynamics and, then, using the results to ask applied questions relevant to land managers as well as public health officials. Website

Alex Fajardo
Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia (CIEP), Chile
Alex is a forest ecologist settled in the Chilean Patagonia. His particular interests are in plant-plant interactions and their application in restoration; plant invasion; land-use change and the shifting in ecosystem functioning and services; treeline dynamics and climate change.  In general, his motto is to generate knowledge about ecological processes in plants in order to make a better use and conservation of species and ecosystems in southern South America. Website

Jennifer Firn
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Jennifer's research is aimed at finding effective ways to conserve biodiversity and key ecosystem services in grasslands and tropical forests, including solutions to invasive species control, ecosystem restoration to benefit biodiversity and local people, and pressing land management decisions such as prioritising strategies today to address the synergistic impacts of climate change and invasive species. Website

S. Luke Flory
University of Florida, USA
Luke is a plant community and ecosystem ecologist whose research broadly investigates the mechanisms and impacts of non-native plant invasions. Most recently, he has focused on invasions and climate change, effects of invasions on forest regeneration and plant communities, interactions of invasions with fire, and the potential long-term effects of emerging and accumulating pathogens on invaded plant communities. His lab group explores basic and applied plant ecology and agroecology questions in diverse systems from the Colombian Andes to forests and managed grassland systems in Florida to ‘novel ecosystems’ in the Galapagos. Website

Marie-Josée Fortin
University of Toronto, Canada
Marie-Josée’s research focuses on developing spatially-explicitly models of the effects of global changes (climate and land-use changes) on species dispersal and distribution. Her research endeavors are at the interface of several disciplines (spatial ecology, conservation, network theory, community ecology, landscape genetics, spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics, modelling) where the most current ecological challenging problems lie. Specifically her research program aims at investigating and modelling the synergistic effects of natural disturbances and anthropogenic global impacts on ecological processes and environmental factors affecting species spatial interactions at multiple spatial and temporal scales as well as organizational levels. Website

Jacqueline Frair
State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA
Jacqueline's research focuses on large animal ecology and how animals both respond to and influence environmental change, with an emphasis on the ecology of animal movement, and with a goal of informing effective conservation action. Website

Richard Fuller
University of Queensland, Australia
Richard studies how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. To answer these questions, the lab group works on pure and applied topics in biodiversity and conservation, spanning the fields of migration ecology, conservation planning and urban ecology. Much of the work is interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions between people and nature, how these can be enhanced, and how these relationships can be shaped to converge on coherent solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Website

Cristina Garcia
CIBIO/InBIO, Portugal
Cristina’s research interests focus on investigating the chances of remnant forest patches to persist and expand across managed landscapes. She studies the role of dispersal mutualisms in determining the colonisation success of expanded forests and in shaping the spatial distribution of genetic diversity through the movement of pollen and seeds and the genes they encapsulate. She is also interested in applying novel techniques to quantify long distance dispersal events, such as statistics of extremes, and in using integrated eco-evolutionary approaches to understand the outcomes of plant dispersal. Website

Lucas Garibaldi
Universidad Nacional de Río Negro & CONICET, Argentina
Lucas has a PhD in Agronomy with a special interest in achieving ecological, economical, and social sustainability in agricultural and forestry systems. His areas of interest are agroecology, ecosystem services, socio-economic valuation, plant-insect interactions, ecological intensification and biodiversity. He has taught since he was 18 years old, nowadays on several courses on statistical modelling. Website

Manuela González
University of Reading, UK
Manuela is broadly interested in predicting the current loss of biodiversity focusing on the role that a species’ life-history, ecology and behaviour, as well as the natural and anthropogenic conditions in which it lives, have on population dynamics. She is also interested in the importance of intraspecific variation in population dynamics, and has burgeoning interests in biogeography, macroecology, and road ecology. Most of her work focuses on mammals, but she has also worked with reptiles, spiders, and insects. Website

Hedley Grantham
Wildlife Conservation Society, Australia
Hedley’s main focus is on supporting biodiversity conservation and sustainable development planning at the landscape and seascape scale. He is a specialist on designing and integrating multidisciplinary science and priority setting analysis to support planning and decision-making processes. He also works on development planning including how to improve siting of impacts, and better application of the mitigation hierarchy including the design of biodiversity offsets. His experience includes working alongside NGOs, governments, development banks, communities and with others in the private sector. Website

Matt Hayward
Bangor University, U.K., Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa and University of Pretoria, South Africa
Matt is a conservation ecologist with experience as an academic researcher, conservation manager, environmental consultant and field biologist who has conducted field research in Australia, South Africa, Poland and the United Kingdom. Matt has worked on species ranging from rodents and insectivores to marsupials and large predators and megaherbivores. He has worked on several reintroduction programmes (marsupials, birds, lions, leopards, hyaenas, squirrels) and is interested in predator-prey interactions, threatened species ecology, the IUCN Red Listing process and fencing for conservation. Website

Jani Heino
Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
Jani is interested in the biodiversity of both aquatic and terrestrial organisms. His particular research foci are patterns in species, functional and phylogenetic diversity, factors structuring regional faunas and floras, as well as the analysis of metacommunities and local communities. He also aims to connect basic ecological information with applied issues such as biodiversity conservation and environmental assessment. Website

University of Delhi, India
The aim of Inderjit’s research is to understand the drivers/mechanisms underpinning ecological and evolutionary processes through which: 1) naturalized and/or nonnative plants, achieve ecological success and influence native biodiversity or 2) native plants continue to thrive in a changing global environment. His current work is focused on unraveling ecological-evolutionary processes that could lead to discovery of new mechanisms or new pathways that facilitate invasion of a species in novel environments. He has led productive collaborations in North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia to study the invasion of some of the world’s most aggressive plant invaders. He has provided rigorous evidence of the allelochemical hypothesis in the competitive or invasive success of naturalized and/or non-native invasive species over a range of abiotic and biotic conditions. Website

Marney Isaac
University of Toronto, Canada
Marney conducts research on the ecological, biophysical, and social dimension of agroecosystems. She studies nutrient cycles, plant functional traits and plant-soil interactions in biologically complex agricultural systems, with a particular attention on identifying strategies for ecosystem services and sustainable livelihoods. She also supervises a research program investigating agrarian management networks and innovation in agroecology. Website

Jeremy James
University of California, USA
Jeremy's research centers on understanding ecological processes that influence outcomes of dryland restoration, as well as tools and strategies that can be used to improve restoration outcomes. He also maintains an interest in understanding interactions between livestock and plant communities in grazed dryland systems. At the UC research center he not only has an opportunity to pursue these lines of research but also helps to facilitate research programs across the western United States that use the Center as a model to address major applied science issues. Website

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley
Paul Sabatier University, France
Stephanie is motivated to solve pressing global conservation problems. She grew up in Michigan, USA, near the shores of Lake Michigan, and studied the lands and waters there until 2006. As a dedicated researcher and educator, over the last decade she has travelled the world conducting scientific research to improve our understanding about the conservation of freshwater ecosystems, and about the relationships between humans and nature. She communicates and shares stories about science, conservation and nature through art and writing. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher evaluating how dams, weirs and roads impact freshwater fish distribution and community composition. Website

Ian Kaplan
Purdue University, USA
Ian is an insect ecologist whose research focuses on using theoretical concepts derived from plant-insect interactions and predator-prey relationships in sustainable agriculture. Current and recent lab themes include plant defense, tri-trophic interactions, biological control, and chemical ecology. This work largely entails uncovering factors that affect the conservation and impact of beneficial insects (e.g. predators, parasitoids, pollinators) in agricultural landscapes. Website

Sarah Knutie
University of Connecticut, USA
Sarah is a disease ecologist with an interest in how environmental change affects animal host-parasite interactions. Specifically, she uses an empirical approach to study how anthropogenic factors, such as climate change, pollution, and urbanization, affect disease risk. She is also interested in the role of host-associated microbiota in disease ecology and conservation. Her research focuses on both terrestrial and aquatic systems, including birds and amphibians and their parasites (fungi, bacteria, helminths, malaria, flies). Website

Tien Ming Lee
Princeton University, USA
Ming is interested in the impacts of past and future global environmental change (including climate and land-use changes) on biodiversity, protected areas, conservation prioritization across multiple scales, the structure and implications of local, national, and global attitudes and behaviours on biodiversity conservation and environment, the implications of emerging Asian economies on regional and global biodiversity and environment, and the anthropogenic drivers and correlates of local and global extinction risks in animals and plants. Website

Owen Lewis
University of Oxford, UK
Owen's research investigates the processes structuring, maintaining and threatening biodiversity, with a focus on tropical forests. Particular areas of interest include food webs of interactions between plants, insects and parasitoids; mechanisms of plant species coexistence; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; spatial population ecology; and the effects of fragmentation and climate change on trophic interactions. He is the lead Principal Investigator of the LOMBOK consortium, a large multidisciplinary team investigating biodiversity, biogeochemistry and ecosystem services in human modified tropical forest and oil palm dominated landscapes in Sabah, Borneo. Website

Jin-tian LI
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Jin-tian is interested in the roles of plants and microbes in restoration of degraded ecosystems. He is particularly keen to understand how biodiversity can be harnessed for a better environment in areas affected by mining activities. He is also interested in the biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship in a broader context. His work integrates laboratory studies with field studies of artificial and semi-natural communities, and uses a combination of geochemical, microbiological and genetic approaches. Website

Julio Louzada
Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Julio is a tropical ecologist working in the Brazilian Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Neotropical Savannas, assessing how land use changes and ecosystem recovering can affect the biodiversity and its associated ecosystem functions. He has a general interest in community ecology and his model group are the scarabeine dung beetles.

Ralph Mac Nally University of Canberra, Australia
Ralph works on summit-to-sea processes that link together terrestrial, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. He is especially interested in how the effects of human pressures are transmitted among multiple ecosystems in landscapes. These research interests integrate large-scale experiments with spatial and temporal models. Over the past decade, Ralph increasingly has focused on ecological futures and the prospects for native biodiversity. Website

Cate Macinnis-Ng
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Cate is interested in plant responses to environmental conditions, including seasonal cycles in climate and responses to extreme events. She has worked on native forests, savannas, woodlands, plantations and even seagrasses using measurement and modelling approaches. Cate is a current Rutherford Discovery Fellow and is running the kauri drought experiment, a field-based assessment of drought impacts on New Zealand’s iconic native forest. Website

Ainhoa Magrach
Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Spain
Ainhoa is an ecologist with a research emphasis on global change impacts to community composition and structure, particularly concentrating on species interactions and how they regulate biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Her research aims at tackling applied ecology questions but with a solid theoretical and basic research background. Her ultimate goal is to understand the effects of ecosystem degradation on functionality while finding ways to align economic development with biodiversity conservation within human-dominated landscapes across both temperate and tropical systems. She uses plant-pollinator interactions as study systems and the pollination service they provide to both wild and managed plants (crops). Website

Peter Manning
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany
Peter is a plant ecologist with an interest in plant-soil interactions and their consequences for community dynamics and ecosystem functioning. Much of his current research aims to utilize knowledge from biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research to help inform ecosystem management and improve our understanding of ecosystem responses to global environmental change (e.g. land use intensification and nitrogen enrichment). Website

Lorenzo Marini
University of Padua, Italy
Lorenzo is a researcher with a strong focus on agro-ecology and entomology in temperate regions. His main research interests include global change impacts on species, populations, and communities and the ecosystem services they provide. In particular his work has contributed to identify management solutions to enhance ecosystem service delivery (in particular pollination and biocontrol) and improve plant and insect conservation in agricultural landscapes. He often applies a multi-scale approach using several methods from manipulative experiments, through landscape observational studies to large-scale biogeographical analyses. He also investigates temporal and spatial population dynamics of insect species of economic or conservation interest. Website

Martine Maron
University of Queensland, Australia
Martine’s expertise is in environmental policy and ecology. Her current research includes exploring the consequences (both intended and unintended) of different biodiversity offsetting approaches, as well as examining the risks and consequences of the introduction of offsetting into the conservation policy mix at national and international levels. Her research group also works on interspecific competition and woodland bird ecology, drivers of landscape-level species richness, resource distribution and persistence of bird species in patchy landscapes, and the influence of climate change on species persistence. Website

Hamish McCallum
Griffith University, Australia
Hamish is a quantitative ecologist with particular interests in disease ecology and conservation biology, especially of vertebrates. He is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of infectious disease transmission in wildlife populations and in the impact of infectious disease on free-living populations. He has worked on developing models and analysing data from several wildlife disease systems, including Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease, the amphibian chytrid fungus and Hendra virus in fruit bats. Website

Ailsa McKenzie
Newcastle University, UK
Ailsa is an applied ecologist with a background in avian farmland biodiversity and organic farming. More recently she has developed a strong interest in projects where ecology and social science meet, for example studying the impact of human disturbance on coastal bird populations. She also has a strong background in wind turbine/wildlife interactions. She is a licensed bat worker and enjoys this aspect of her work both professionally and recreationally. Website

Jeroen Minderman
Newcastle University, UK
Jeroen is a behavioural ecologist with a particular interest in aligning individual-level processes to population dynamics, and applying this to applied conservation problems. Most of his work focuses on birds, and previous projects have included (among other things) studies of the effects of small wind turbines on birds and bats, and a UK government-funded project to establish a prioritisation scheme for global species conservation. His current research fellowship is aimed at testing the links between stress physiology and behavioural responses to environmental change. Website

Joslin Moore
Monash University, Australia
Joslin's research uses ecological theory and models to solve and inform applied ecological problems that will aid in the conservation and sustainable management of our natural resources. Joslin works with practitioners to address invasive species management problems using decision theory, population models and other quantitative tools. Her research interests include the theory of the origin and maintenance of biological diversity, grassland ecology, predicting the impact of exotic species, developing management strategies for their control and using structured decision making, optimisation tools and decision theory for improved conservation management. Website

David Moreno Mateos
BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
David studies ecosystem recovery after anthropogenic disturbances with especial emphasis on wetlands and forests. His aim is to understand patterns of recovery of complex ecosystem attributes (e.g. stability) emerging from organism interactions. He uses empirical field-collected data and meta-analyses to understand and accelerate the processes of ecosystem recovery in the context of restoration. Website

Akira Mori
Yokohama National University, Japan
Akira has been working on understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems (in particular, forests); the themes to understand how biodiversity is organized and how biodiversity supports various ecosystem processes. He has a special focus on responses of biological communities to environmental change, including natural and anthropogenic disturbances and climate change. He has a broad perspective to evaluate communities with different measures, including taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity. His interests in ecosystem functions are also broad, with primary focuses on productivity and biogeochemical cycles. To work on these themes, he visits many study fields especially in northern biomes. Website

Jörg Müller
Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany
Jörg is interested in biodiversity and ecosystem processes of forests, in particular in the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on species communities, their assembly patterns and the link to ecosystem functions. Within the wide diversity of organisms in forests he is focused on all those related to dead wood, i.e. saproxylic beetles and wood-inhabiting fungi. A second focus is on forest structures on different scales from trees to stands to landscapes and their effects on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity. For this he uses several remote sensing techniques, including airborne LiDAR. A main goal of this research is to understand the ecological principles behind diversity patterns to improve current land-use strategies. Website

Elizabeth Nichols
Swarthmore College, USA
Liz is a community ecologist who studies biodiversity response to anthropogenic global change drivers, at scales from the individual to the biome. In particular, she is interested in understanding the influence of landscape structure on biodiversity, species interactions, ecosystem service production, and environmental sustainability. Website

Kechang Niu
Nanjing University, China
Kechang’s research focuses mainly on plant ecology in alpine grassland, community assembly and ecosystem functioning. He is particularly interested in how land use affects the functional composition of plant communities through change in environmental factors and biological interactions. His research frequently involves functional traits to predict community processes and ecosystem functioning following environmental changes. He has a long-standing interest in ecological interactions among plants, herbivory, soils and microbes and their consequences on community assembly and ecosystem services. Website

Andrew Park
University of Georgia, USA
Andrew studies the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions, which includes prediction of disease outbreaks, the evolution of drug resistance, the impact of biodiversity on multi-host pathogen transmission, the prediction and evolution of host-breadth and the impact of disease on endangered species. Website

Kate Parr
University of Liverpool, UK
Kate is a community ecologist with a particular interest in ants and termites. She studies how biotic systems are structured, maintained and how they respond to disturbances, and is interested in how we can best manage environments to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Her current research in the tropics is exploring how diversity changes along gradients, and investigating the role of dominant social insects in ecosystem structure and functioning. Website

Tomas Pärt
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Tomas is a landscape and population ecologist working with factors moulding spatial and temporal variation of bird diversity in agricultural landscapes. Another part of his research includes evaluating farmland wetland restorations for wetland bird diversity. Tomas has furthermore a long history in population ecology of birds linking evolution and ecology to understand population dynamics in rapidly changing landscapes.  Especially, the on-going long-term study of northern wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe) is a favourite. Website

Aníbal Pauchard
University of Concepción, Chile
Aníbal’s research focus is the ecology of biological invasions and their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functions. By using multi-scale approaches, based on observations and field experiments, he has studied the synergies of drivers of global change and invasions in mountains. He is interested in broader issues in ecology, conservation and the management of natural resources. Website

Rute Pinto
University of Waterloo, Canada
Rute’s research focuses on the assessment and modelling of aquatic ecosystem services, integrating hydro-ecological and socio-economic data and information to support the sustainable management of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems. She is especially interested in the spatial interlinkages between land use, watershed and coastal zone management, natural capital and ecosystem services accounting using geographical information systems, and uncertainty analysis in integrated environmental modelling of aquatic quality and biodiversity. Website

Michael Pocock
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
Michael is a community ecologist who uses network approaches to understand the resilience of ecosystems to environmental change, in particular working with plant-pollinator and host-parasitoid networks, but he is experienced undertaking field work on a wide range of terrestrial organisms from plants, to invertebrates and mammals, especially in agricultural ecosystems. He is also involved with a wide range of ecological citizen science activities: from working with volunteer naturalists and the data they collect to mass participation projects, and producing guidance for its development. Website

André Punt
University of Washington, USA
André is a population ecologist whose research interests relate broadly to the development and application of fisheries stock assessment techniques, bioeconomic modelling, and the evaluation of the performance of stock assessment methods and harvest control rules using the Management Strategy Evaluation approach. He is involved in the provision of management advice for fisheries off southeast Australia, the USA west coast and Alaska. Website

Romina Rader
University of New England, Australia
Romina is a researcher with expertise in pollination and landscape ecology. Her research concerns the identity and performance of wild insect pollinators in crops, plant–animal interactions in natural and human-modified landscapes, plant and animal responses to changes in landscape structure and land management, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and services. She generally works across a broad range of habitats including remnant vegetation, orchards, dairy farms and arable crops and is currently working on several projects both in Australia and various countries abroad. Website

Jonathan Rhodes
University of Queensland, Australia
Jonathan is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology, social science and economics to improve and better understand conservation decision-making. He has a particular interest in understanding how spatial processes drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the implications of this for decision-making in conservation. He also has an interest in optimal monitoring and the benefits of learning and research investment for environmental decision-making. His work has applications across a wide range of scales from local to global and in both urban and rural landscapes. Website

Jason Rohr
University of South Florida, USA
Jason's research interests fall at the interface of ecotoxicology, conservation biology, and community, population, behavioural, and disease ecology. He is particularly interested in how anthropogenic changes, mainly pollution, climate change, and alterations to biodiversity, affect wildlife populations, species interactions, and the spread of both wildlife and human diseases. Much of his research has focused on freshwater ecosystems, amphibian declines, and environmental factors affecting the spread of fungal, viral, bacterial, and helminth parasites. Website

Tadeu Siqueira
Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Tadeu is interested in understanding the ecological and spatial forces driving metacommunity structure and dynamics. He combines observational and experimental approaches, and statistical modelling to understand the relative roles of these factors in structuring communities across landscapes. Although he uses tropical streams and aquatic insects as model systems for most of his work, he has also been using datasets comprising multiple taxa from different environments. His research also focuses in using metacommunity ecology as a conceptual framework to investigate environmental change and its consequences. His current interests lie in extending metacommunity theory to fields that traditionally have been treated independently, such as complex food webs and spatial coexistence theory. Website

Gavin Siriwardena
British Trust for Ornithology, UK
Gavin's research focuses on terrestrial bird ecology at a range of spatial scales, from territories to landscapes, via field experiments and analyses of large-scale, long-term datasets. His research has considered migration ecology, causes of decline in woodland birds and methods of population trend analysis, but has focused primarily on farmland birds, contributing directly to government policy on the environment. More recently, research has focused on testing the agri-environment solutions to farmland bird conservation problems and on measuring the effects of current issues in farmland such as the disappearance of set-aside. A parallel research direction is considering bird-habitat modelling, considering both habitat types per se and habitat heterogeneity. Website

Izak Smit
South African National Parks, South Africa
As a scientist in a conservation agency, Izak is aware of the importance of relevant, practical and scientifically robust research for informing conservation management. He sometimes describes his job as a “translator” – translating management concerns into research frameworks and questions, and translating research results into management implications and actions. Izak is particularly interested in studying large-scale spatio-temporal ecological patterns and the underlying causes and effects thereof, and whether the drivers of these patterns are natural or management induced. Website

Margaret Stanley
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Much of Margaret’s research is applied, and aims to understand and mitigate the impacts of people on biodiversity. Her interests in terrestrial ecology are diverse (in terms of taxa and research area), but can be grouped into three main research strands: invasion ecology; urban ecology; and plant-animal interactions (seed dispersal, herbivory and pollination). Website

Angela Strecker
Portland State University, USA
Angela's research seeks to understand how human activities, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and contaminants, alter the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. As an aquatic ecologist, she uses a variety of methods to test theories about community assembly, biogeography, ecosystem resistance and resilience, landscape ecology, and macroecology. Angela's research examines several different levels of organization, including individuals, populations, communities, and food webs. Ultimately, her research aims to inform the conservation and restoration of freshwater species and habitats. Website

Matthew Struebig
University of Kent, UK
Matt is a conservation scientist interested in the impacts of environmental change on tropical biodiversity and the implications this has for landscape management and conservation planning. Much of his work is based in the modified habitats of southeast Asia, concerns emerging environmental policies, and is applied to the conservation of tropical mammals.  Matt has unified assemblage and population genetic datasets in relation to rainforest fragmentation, and explored the biodiversity value of degraded habitats to help better design managed landscapes. He is currently investigating the ecological mechanisms of assemblage change, and exploring linkages between ecological and social datasets in the context of human-wildlife conflict and community-based forest management. Website

Des Thompson
Scottish Natural Heritage, UK
Des has particular interests in upland and arctic-alpine ecosystems, waders, raptors and the value of outdoor environmental education. A lot of his work involves advising Government on policy and land management and nature conservation based on the available evidence, not least what is published in the journal.  He is Chairman of the Field Studies Council. Website

Verena Trenkel
For the last two decades Verena has been working on abundance estimation methods and the use of statistical modelling and indicators for marine ecosystem assessments, as well as population, community and socio-ecosystem studies as input to fisheries management. She has a long standing interest in traditional and alternative observation methods for abundance monitoring and behavioural studies. Website

Ayesha Tulloch
Australian National University, Australia
Ayesha’s research focuses on using ecological knowledge to inform conservation decision-making. She is a conservation ecologist who works primarily in human-modified landscapes where there are usually multiple threats and conflicting objectives related to both biodiversity and social or economic factors. She has a particular interest in solving conservation problems related to threatened bird communities, fire ecology, and invasive predators, using cross-disciplinary approaches such as network analysis and decision theory. Ayesha’s work spans theoretical and applied ecology as well as decision-making for both monitoring and managing biodiversity, including Red Listing of Ecosystems, community dynamics and responses to anthropogenic change, prioritising threat mitigation actions for species recovery, monitoring effectiveness, and human-wildlife conflict. Website

Steven Vamosi
University of Calgary, Canada
Steven is an evolutionary ecologist who seeks a better understanding of the origins, distribution, and loss of biodiversity, with a growing focus on interactions between native and exotic species. To that end, he uses a variety of approaches and resources to collect and analyse data, including lab experiments, field surveys, museum collections, and comparative methods. Study systems include freshwater fish (notably stickleback and trout), terrestrial and aquatic beetles, and flowering plants. Website

Marc-André Villard
Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Marc-André investigates processes underlying the response of focal species to human activities. In particular, he studies the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on the persistence of sensitive species not currently at risk, to propose preventive approaches to conservation. In this context, he examines the influence of forestry, agriculture, or urbanisation on habitat selection, movements, or trophic relationships using mensurative or manipulative field experiments. He has worked extensively on forest birds, but his interests span a broader range of taxa, from epiphytic bryophytes to mammals. Website

Yolanda Wiersma
Memorial University, Canada
Yolanda is a landscape ecologist whose primary research focuses on boreal forest ecosystems. Current projects examine species distribution models, landscape pattern across scales, and ecological stoichiometry. She is especially interested in research with an applied focus that can help inform conservation and management of forests, wildlife and protected areas. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she has collaborated with marine biologists, aquatic ecologists, geographers, historians, and information systems scientists and authored or co-authored over 40 papers related to wildlife, forestry, citizen science, and landscape ecology. Website

Stephen Willis
University of Durham, UK
Stephen's principal area of research interest is conservation biology, with a particular focus on topics such as the impacts of climate change on species, the role of protected areas in conservation planning, projecting changing ranges and population dynamics of species, and the impact of human-induced landscape changes on species. He is also interested in the  impacts of biodiversity on people, and has interests in ecosystem service provision by biodiversity, especially cultural service provisioning such as nature-based tourism. Website

Rafael Zenni
Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Rafael is an ecologist interested in invasion biology and conservation. His research focus on ecological and evolutionary mechanisms related to the contraction, expansion, and maintenance of species ranges in scales that vary from genes to global trade. He aims to understand how non-native species naturalize in new habitats, why some populations of non-native species are able to rapidly expand into their new ranges while others are not, how we can exclude, control, or eradicate invasive non-native species, and how organisms are responding to the global climatic changes. Website


Associate Editor mentoring

Journal of Applied Ecology runs a mentoring opportunity for early career researchers who are interested in learning about the Associate Editor role, and have little or no previous editorial experience. Participants work with the Senior Editors who provide guidance on handling papers during a 2-year Associate Editor training post. 

The current Associate Editor mentees are:


Kelly Marnewick

Sharif Mukul

Meredith Root-Bernstein

Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi

Zhongling Yang


Chi-Yeung (Jimmy) Choi

Guadalupe Peralta

Fabrice Requier

Annabel Smith

Helen Wheeler

Find out more about our current mentees and the Associate Editor mentoring opportunity  here.