Video: Nowhere to Hide

A couple of weeks ago, we heard from Dr Craig DeMars about his recent publication on linear features and predator-prey dynamics in the forests of Canada. Craig has been kind enough to share some of the camera-trap footage obtained from this study, which we have used to create a short video summarising the research. Check it out below! Nowhere to hide… from Journal of Animal Ecology … Continue reading Video: Nowhere to Hide

Field Reports: Chandra Salgado Kent

Is sound pollution too much? Does it get on your nerves easily? What about sound under water? For this episode of the Field Reports podcast, I interviewed Dr. Chandra Salgado Kent of Curtin University in Australia about her work on marine animals and the noise underwater. We discuss marine bio-acoustics, conservation, behaviour, whales, dolphins and more. Trailer: Podcast: You can listen to the future episodes of … Continue reading Field Reports: Chandra Salgado Kent

Field Reports: A primer to the Special Feature on the Allee effects, with Dr Andrew Kramer

Have you heard of the Allee effects? If you thought it is do with Alleles and genes, you are not alone. It is not related to that, but it is an even more interesting idea in ecology and evolution. The Journal of Animal Ecology has just published a Special Feature on the Allee effects covering various aspects of it. Before you read the papers in … Continue reading Field Reports: A primer to the Special Feature on the Allee effects, with Dr Andrew Kramer

Field Reports: Tim Coulson

We are back with another episode of the Field Reports podcast. I spoke to Prof. Tim Coulson of the University of Oxford about his fieldwork stories of taking a wrong boat reaching a wrong island, and more about integrating modelling and empirical field studies. About Tim.     Video trailer: Full podcast: Read the blog post written by Tim about modelling and empirical studies here. … Continue reading Field Reports: Tim Coulson

Field Reports with Ken Wilson

For the second episode of our podcast, I interviewed Prof. Kenneth Wilson, an Evolutionary ecologist at the University of Lancaster. We talk about the success secrets of his long term projects, armyworms, their devastating effects on the crops in Africa, and his fieldwork research about biological control of the pests. More about Ken: Here is a short video trailer for the episode: Here is the full episode: … Continue reading Field Reports with Ken Wilson

Introducing Field Reports podcast

Do you have stories of fieldwork that you would like to share?  Maybe about the day you first saw a wild elephant, or the biggest ant that has ever crawled on your pants, or perhaps fieldwork failures, challenges and surprises? Do you want to talk about science, or your ‘Attenborough’ moments, or maybe just communicate to the general public about what you do when you … Continue reading Introducing Field Reports podcast

What makes a great paper for Journal of Animal Ecology?

In this video Executive Editor Ken Wilson discusses what he is looking for from a great paper for Journal of Animal Ecology. The message from Ken is that papers must have a clear structure, clear message, clear narrative & be genuinely novel. Ken goes onto discuss our popular feature papers including Synthesis and ‘How to…’ papers. Ken discusses how synthesis papers are reviews focused on … Continue reading What makes a great paper for Journal of Animal Ecology?

The Future of Data Archiving

At the BES Annual Meeting 2015 in Edinburgh, a lively debate was held on the future of data archiving. The debate was recorded and the video can be viewed here.

The British Ecology Society (BES) has been mandating the archiving of data for all papers published in its journals since January 2014, so with the mandate having been in place for over 2 years this was a good opportunity to take stock of the impacts and look to the future. While it is recognised that data archiving presents both financial and time costs to researchers, the benefits of data preservation and validation of results help to advance science. The aim of the debate was to provide the opportunity for researchers to debate the pros and cons of data archiving in an open format. Continue reading “The Future of Data Archiving”

Salmon smolts find safety in numbers

JAE-2015-00769.R2This post is a press release from the authors of Journal of Animal Ecology paper “Predator swamping reduces predation risk during nocturnal migration of juvenile salmon in a high-mortality landscape” by Nathan B. Furey et al. Press release issued by The University of British Colombia

Using tags surgically implanted into thousands of juvenile salmon, University of British Colombia researchers have discovered that many fish die within the first few days of migration from their birthplace to the ocean. Continue reading “Salmon smolts find safety in numbers”

VIDEO In hot and cold water: Life-history biology of the Antarctic Kiwaidae

In 2010, a UK-led expedition to the Southern Ocean revealed a community of deep-sea animals thriving around volcanic vents on the ocean floor near Antarctica. Among the many new species discovered, was the visually abundant yeti crab, Kiwa tyleri. As a result of local thermal conditions at the vents, these crabs are not restricted by the physiological limits that otherwise exclude reptant decapods from the … Continue reading VIDEO In hot and cold water: Life-history biology of the Antarctic Kiwaidae