The cover of this new issue shows a vegetated sandbar on the highly regulated Colorado River, Grand Canyon. Butterfield et al. demonstrate linkages between hydrological and climatic filtering of vegetation in this system.
The cover of the new JVS issue shows different fruits of woody plants from the island of Réunion, related to the paper by Albert, Flores, Rouget, Wilding, & Strasberg (2018).
They used a set of vegetation plots from this tropical island to describe a pattern of striking decrease in the proportion of fleshy-fruited trees and shrubs with altitude. They explored this pattern in the context of phylogenetic community structure, which tends to be overdispersed in tropical lowlands and clustered in harsher high-altitude environments. Their explanation of why there are fewer fleshy-fruited species at high altitudes is based on the hypothesis of tropical niche conservatism, i.e. inability of the tropical fleshy-fruited lineages to adapt to high-altitude environments, combined with dispersal limitation on the oceanic island, which is difficult to reach for hardy plant species from the fleshy-fruited extratropical lineages.
We welcome Guillaume Decocq, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, as a new Associate Editor of Applied Vegetation Science. Guillaume is not new to our team: he has served as an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Vegetation Science for several years.
Elephant impact: Acacia woodland in Botswana where trees are disappearing due to disturbance by elephants. See the paper by Gabriella Teren et al.: Elephant-mediated compositional changes in riparian canopy trees over more than two decades in northern Botswana.
We are happy to welcome new colleagues in our editorial team:
New Associate Editor of JVS:
Dave Roberts, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA
New Editorial Board Members of AVS:
Jutta Kapfer, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Tromsø, Norway
Flavia Landucci, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Orsolya Valkó, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Viktoria Wagner, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Our Editors and Editorial Board members met during the IAVS Symposium in Bozeman, Montana, on 23 July 2018.
The cover shows a forest-steppe landscape in northern Hungary, which relates to the Synthesis paper on Eurasian forest-steppe by Erdös et al.