Editor’s Choice: Volume 107 Issue 6

Journal of Ecology Blog

The Editor’s Choice article forVolume 107 Issue 6is a study by Quintana‐Ascencioet al., which looks at therole of seed dormancy, dispersal and fire history on plant population dynamics, distribution and abundance. Associate Editor, Shurong Zhou, discusses this new research paper in more detail.


Biodiversity conservation and management depend on our understanding of population dynamics at multiple scales. However, most population models consider only small spatial scales. The predicted patterns of distribution and abundance may not scale up to a larger, regional scales – where environmental or anthropogenic changes are usually involved (Beissinger & Westphal 1998). So, predicting regional population distribution and viability may be critically important when dealing with large scale changes in population dynamics, for conversation and management. However, possibly due to difficulties in collecting long-term and large-scale demographic data, many studies chose to ignore the underlying landscape issue or treat it in a simplistic manner.

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