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Invasive Species

10 March 2017

Edited by Manuela González-Suárez and Pablo González-Moreno

Invasive species represent a serious conservation and social problem. This virtual issue showcases recent work on invasive species published in the journals of the British Ecological Society. The studies are grouped into three non-exclusive themes that showcase the latest approaches to understand and manage invasive species.

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

14 June 2017
Edited by Michael Morrissey

Evolutionary quantitative genetics provides formal theoretical frameworks for quantitatively linking natural selection, genetic variation, and the rate and direction of adaptive evolution.  This strong theoretical foundation has long been important in guiding empirical work. The articles in this Virtual Issue highlight important work being done to advance this field. They include papers that draw on a range of new ways of characterising changes in the distribution of traits due to selection; address the issue of characterising modularity; look at the ability of typical sample sizes used studies to characterise phenotypic measures of trait covariation; investigate the influence of spatial autocorrelation in fitness on measures of selection; and much more.

This is an area where empirically-, statistically-, and theoretically-minded people could probably continue to come together, and Methods in Ecology and Evolution's strong developing tradition of publishing their works is very encouraging for future progress in evolution evolutionary quantitative genetics and at its intersection with other aspects of ecology and evolution.

BES Early Career Researcher Awards 2016

28 March 2017
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This Virtual Issue brings together the winning and highly commended papers selected by the editors from journal issues published in 2016. Read the papers here.


10 January 2017
Edited by Will Pearse and Pedro Peres-Neto
This Virtual Issue, created to celebrate the International Biogeography Society's 2017 conference in Tuscon, Arizona, shows off new articles in the field from a diverse array of authors.

To truly understand how species' distributions vary through space and time, biogeographers often have to make use of analytical techniques from a wide array of disciplines. As such, these papers cover advances in evolutionary analysis (Weir & Lawson), biodiversity definitions (Pavoine et al.), and species distribution modelling (Brewer et al.). Equally, they reflect the growing understanding that biogeography can include experiments (Borer et al.), and discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of working with remote-sensing data (Pettorelli et al.; Leempoel et al.). Finally, biogeography often has meaningful implications for policy, such as in disease modelling (Verity et al.) and conservation (Boakes et al.).

This selection of papers also highlights the growing number of software packages focused towards biogeography (Rominger et al.; Bocedi et al.). Many of these manuscripts have early-career lead-authors, and one of these papers won our journal's Robert May prize (Gallien et al.).

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Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Virtual Issue