Meet team “Global change & vegetation dynamics” @ Plant Ecology & Diversity

August 4, 2020

Plant Ecology & DiversityWithin the overarching context of Plant Ecology & Diversity the “Global change & vegetation dynamics” subject area aims to place a temporal component on key themes such as biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem function. Manuscripts are welcome that use long-term (palaeo-) ecological approaches, modern field observations and laboratory experiments, and computational modelling to explore change and dynamics within ecosystems. We welcome all formats of manuscripts to this section (original research articles rapid communication articles, review articles, and perspectives articles). If you have any questions about the potential suitability of your research in the journal please do not hesitate to get in contact.

The editorial team handling this section of the journal currently comprises myself as Subject Editor and six Associate Editors. To find out more about us, our research interests and expertise read on…

Subject Editor:

William D. Gosling (Institute for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

William D. Gosling

William is interested in research that places our understanding of the impacts of recent and ongoing climate change in spatial and temporal context relevant to ecosystem function. In his own research William uses palaeoecological and biogeographic approaches, and specialises on tropical ecosystems during the Quaternary (last 2.6 million years).

Personal web page @ University of Amsterdam


Associate Editors:

Sándor Bartha (Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Hungary).

Sándor Bartha

Sandor’s main research topic is grassland community ecology but he is also interested in functional ecology, primary and secondary succession, climate change experiments and long-term monitoring (repeated mapping) of fine scale spatial patterns in grasslands. He uses spatially explicit individual based models and spatial statistics to link observed spatiotemporal data with theory.

Personal web page @ Centre for Ecological Research

Sabine Both (School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia).

Sabine has a broad expertise in undertaking scientific research in forest ecosystems around the world, with observational studies in subtropical China, in small and large  scale forest biodiversity and ecosystem functioning experiments, and in pristine and selectively logged tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

Personal web page @ University of New England

Susan Letcher (Plant Biology, College of the Atlantic, United States of America).

Susan LetcherSusan is a community ecologist with a particular interest in the dynamics of tropical forests in human modified landscapes. She study succession and community assembly, reforestation strategies, the role of lianas in forest dynamics, and the impact of climate change on both successional and old growth forests.

Personal web page @ College of the Atlantic

Keping Ma (Kunming Institute of Botanty, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China).

Keping MaKeping is an expert in community assembly rules and biodiversity science with a specialist focus on grassland ecosystems. He focuses on the development of Biodiversity Informatics in China, and promotes the research progress based on Chinese Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Network (CForBio) and Forest Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning experiment in China (BEF-China).


Simon Queenborough (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, United States of America).

Simon QueenboroughSimon is interested in population dynamics – how individuals, species and communities (including humans) interact over both ecological and evolutionary time.In his own research he employs a range of techniques from greenhouse experiments, long term censuses, literature and herbarium research to large scale data collection and cutting-edge statistical modelling.

Personal web page @ Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Risto Virtanen (Ecology & Genetics, University of Oulu, Finland).

Risto VirtanenRisto is a plant community ecologist (study in primarily multi species systems, interactions, processes and increasingly global change effects, ranging from aquatic to terrestrial from temperate to arctic, and now interest in studying how global change effects translate to functions and ecosystem services). He has a focus on long-term research in Nordic and European regions.

Personal web page @ University of Oulo


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