Harper Reviews

The Harper Review series in Journal of Ecology was inaugurated in 2016 to give an exciting new dimension to the Journal’s review portfolio. Published annually, these specially commissioned reviews provide the opportunity for a mid-career, established ecologist to provide their own unique insight into the exciting, ground-breaking research that they are involved with. Named in recognition of past BES President (1966-1967) and Journal of Ecology Editorial Board member, the late John L. Harper CBE FRS (1925-2009), these are in-depth, authoritative and broad interest reviews.

Staying true the ‘Harperian’ approach to ecology, these thought provoking and sometimes provocative reviews aim to present an exciting new synthesis which promote discussion and push the field forward.

To find out more about Professor Harper read our tribute to him and our Virtual Issue of his best work in the Journal.

2017: Plant energetics and the synthesis of population and ecosystem ecology

Jason Fridley

The 2017 Harper Review is written by Associate Editor Jason Fridley. He discusses the modeling approaches of plant performance in population and ecosystem ecology, as well as looking into how much remains unknown about how plants use energy.

2016: Does the biogeographic origin of species matter? Ecological effects of native and non-native species and the use of origin to guide management

Yvonne M. Buckley and Jane Catford

The 2016 Harper Review is from Journal of Ecology Associate Editor Yvonne Buckley and Jane Catford. They discuss to what extent the origin of non-native species matters when looking at their ecological impact and subsequent management decisions. They conclude that origin effects should feed into a process whereby ecologists work together with managers, policymakers and broader society to guide decisions on how to respond to the effects of non-native species.