Celebrating 30 years of Functional Ecology at BES 2016

Celebrating 30 years of Functional Ecology at the BES Annual Meeting in Liverpool.

As part of Functional Ecology’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the Journal is holding a special Thematic Topic at this year’s BES annual meeting in Liverpool: Celebrating 30 Years of Functional Ecology: What does the Future Hold?(TT6, 11.00-13.00 Tuesday 13th December, Auditorium 1A). Eight of Functional Ecology’s Senior and Associate Editors will be talking on subjects encompassing Functional Ecology’s scope- talks that, like our papers, enable a mechanistic understanding of ecological pattern and process and look at ecology from the organismic to the ecosystem scale. If you’re attending the meeting, keep an eye out for our old covers – Functional Ecology and Wiley are running a competition with an iPad mini as the prize (see the BES and Wiley stand for more details.)

For anyone that can’t make it to the meeting, we asked the speakers to look through the Functional Ecology archive and select three or four papers that informed their talk and collected those papers into a Virtual Issue (all papers free to access) .

The senior editors also looked through our archives and choose their favourite papers from our back catalogue, papers which had a major impact on their field and that continue to be relevant today. The resulting eclectic selection spans the full history and broad scope of the journal. The Editors’ selections and their reasons for choosing them are collected here (all papers are free to access.)