Most downloaded paper in Global Change Biology
From GCB: Congratulations on your most most downloaded article in Global Change Biology (GCB), “The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity.”  Your paper is one of 2016’s 15 most-downloaded, according to Web of Science®.

Although a relatively young journal, our Impact Factor has been growing steadily and in 2015 the Impact Factor was 8.444 (ISI Journal Citation Reports).  GCB’s 2015 ISI ranking is 1st of 49 in biodiversity conservation, 4th of 225 in Environmental Sciences, 6th of 150 in Ecology Sciences.  These rankings are all the more impressive given that unlike our competitors, we carry very few review articles- which tend to skew Impact Factors upwards.


National Drought Assessment honored with USFS Chief’s Award

On Thursday, December 8, Jim Vose, project leader of the U.S. Forest Service Integrated Forest Science accepted the Chief’s Award – one of the highest honors in the Forest Service — in the category of “Sustaining Forests and Grasslands.” Vose accepted as leader of a team that the award honored for “understanding the impacts of drought on the nation’s forests and grasslands: providing a scientific foundation for effective management responses.” read more…

The National Assessment was led by Jim Vose, Jim Clark, Charlie Luce, and Toral Patel-Weynand:  Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis,


Int Soc Bayesian Analysis best poster award

The EnviBayes section of ISBA this year has granted two best posters awards at the ISBA World Conference in Forte Village (June 13th – 17th, Cagliari, Italy).  Joint Species distribution modeling: dimension reduction using Dirichlet processes by Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez, postdoc at the Department of Statistical Science Duke University, with Kimberly Kaufield from North Carolina State University, Erin Schliep of University of Missouri, James Clark and Alan Gelfand of Duke University.

The paper is accepted at Bayesian Analysisbayesanaly2016.

Drought synthesis in Global Change Biology posted 22 Feb 2016

Forests nationwide are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a new study by scientists from 14 research institutions.

“Over the last two decades, warming temperatures and variable precipitation have increased the severity of forest droughts across much of the continental United States,” said James Clark, lead author of the study and an environmental scientist at Duke University…

from the National Science Foundation

read the paper: gcb2016


The National Drought Assessment released 2 Feb 2016

This assessment provides input to the reauthorized National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA); it also establishes the scientific foundation needed to manage for drought resilience and adaptation. The NIDIS Act1 was signed into law in 2006 and reauthorized by Congress in 2014.2 NIDIS will be implemented through a network of agencies
and partners to integrate drought monitoring and forecasting systems
at multiple levels (Federal, State, and local). It will support research
that focuses on drought risk assessment, forecasting, and monitoring. Produced every 4 years, the NCA evaluates the effects of global climate change on forests, agriculture, rangelands, land and water resources, human health and welfare, and biological diversity, and it projects major trends. The NCA is based on technical information produced by public agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

Zhu et al. in Global Change Biology

Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response…[more]