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Journals & Publications
Spartina cordgrass is an iconic group of species that not only shape coastal ecosystems worldwide but also influence many disciplines of ecology. The recent proposal to change the name of this critically emblematic group of plants is the subject of debate, as discussed by Bortolus et al. in the November issue of Ecology.
In the November issue of Frontiers, Iacarella et al. show how marine conservation plans often fail to include measures to counteract threats posed by non-native taxa, even though species invasions are recognized as a problem in marine protected areas (MPAs). For example, despite the presence of non-native species such as peacock groupers (Cephalopholis argus) around the Hawaiian Islands, efforts to prevent the spread of such species into MPAs are rare.
Many species of shorebirds migrate long distances to raise their young on a seasonal burst of prey invertebrates in tundra habitats during a short Arctic summer. Long-term changes in the timing of snowmelt and the interaction between temperature and snow phenology have led to greater phenological mismatch between the two trophic levels, as reported by Kwon et al. in the November issue of Ecological Monographs.
Hettinger et al. introduce a new series in the ESA Bulletin, Human Dimensions. Future works in this series will highlight different ESA sections and chapters and the work they are doing to more tightly couple ecology to human systems, and to further goals of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the study of ecology. –Designing Instruction and Assessing Student Learning
In the October issue of Ecological Applications, Graham et al. demonstrate that responses to land-use change differ among plants, small mammals, and large mammals in east Africa. Large mammals like the giraffe depend on conserved areas, while many small mammal and plant taxa exhibit affinities for pastoral and agricultural areas. This implies that mosaics of varying land-use are important for conserving diverse assemblages of organisms.
In the October issue of Ecosphere, Hejda et al. found that cheatgrass becomes dominant in communities of native perennial bunchgrasses due to its ability to accumulate dead biomass, change the fire regime, and suppress the reproduction of native species. The invasion of cheatgrass in the western United States is an example of a large-scale invasion with massive impacts on native plant diversity.
- Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, Yale University: Hutchinson Environmental Postdoctoral Fellows Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies November 20, 2019
- University of Texas Austin: Faculty Position in Marine Environmental Science November 19, 2019
- University of Texas Austin: Faculty position in Physical Oceanography November 19, 2019
- University of Maine: Ph.D. Assistantship November 19, 2019
- Appalachian State University: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development November 18, 2019