New Focus for our Journal
The relationship between Ecology and Evolution is both intimate and fundamental, yet the field of Evolutionary Ecology is not a strong or obvious focus of research activity. Habitats and climate have been changing at various temporal and spatial scales since the origin of life. Although this variation can have a profound effect on both ecological and evolutionary processes, the interplay between ecology and evolution remains comparatively neglected. Most researchers in evolution are more concerned with the pattern of evolution (phylogeny) and its genetic and developmental correlates than with the ecological causes of evolution. Similarly, ecologists often ignore the evolutionary implications of population and community processes, at least partially because it is difficult enough working out ecological processes when one assumes (implicitly) that all individuals are identical over short time scales. These cartoons of ecology and evolution reflect a fundamental gap in both subject matter and approach. I would like Evolutionary Ecology to fill this gap explicitly, providing the premier journal for research on both the evolutionary influences on ecological processes and on the ecological influences on evolutionary processes.
John A. Endler
Evolutionary Ecology is a conceptually oriented journal of basic biology at the interface of ecology and evolution. The journal publishes original research, reviews and discussion papers dealing with evolutionary ecology, including evolutionary aspects of behavioral and population ecology. The objective is to promote the conceptual, theoretical and empirical development of ecology and evolutionary biology; the scope extends to all organisms and systems.
Research papers present the results of empirical and theoretical investigations, testing current theories in evolutionary ecology.
Additional offerings include Ideas & Perspectives presenting new points of view and novel hypotheses, Review Articles surveying recent developments and major advances, and Comments on articles recently published in Evolutionary Ecology.
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