The Society of Population Ecology

The Society of Population Ecology was founded in 1961 for the purpose of promoting and fostering the study of population ecology. Now the activities of both the society and its publication cover broader aspects of population ecology and population biology, in both basic and applied fields.

Membership is open to persons interested in population ecology and related fields of the biological sciences.

What's New

Population Ecology’s choice to ‘Change the World’

Cayuela H, Lambrey J, Vacher J-P, Miaud C (2015) Highlighting the effects of land-use change on a threatened amphibian in a human-dominated landscape. Popul Ecol 57:433-443

is now listed in a thematic campaign by Springer with a collection of literatures published in 2015 that have hints to challenge the ever-unstable world. The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors nominated this particular paper from Population Ecology: “Must-read advice for conservation researchers on how human-dominated landscapes with habitat loss and fragmentation affect threatened amphibians.

Take this opportunity of the featured literature being available free to download until Friday 15th July 2016!

The main ‘Change the World’ web site:

Editor's Choice list updated

The following two articles from the 58-2 issue (April 2016) have been selected as 'Editor's Choice':

Hooper RC, Eichhorn MP (2016) Too close to comfort: spatial patterns in acorn barnacle populations. Popul Ecol 58:231-239
(This is an Open Access article: 'freely available to anyone, anywhere at any time.)

Matsukura K, Yoshida K, Kumashiro S, Matsuura M (2016) Future risk of the maize orange leafhopper, Cicadulina bipunctata, and maize wallaby ear symptom in temperate Japan. Popul Ecol 58:241-248

* Two articles per issue are selected as 'Editor's Choice', based on the uniqueness of the paper, the reviewers' and the editors' comments and prospects for the study of Population Ecology.
One paper listed in the ‘Coping with Disaster’ literature collection

Hahn I, Vergara PM, Baumeister J, Soto GE, Römer U (2015) Tsunami impact on the population development of a critically endangered hummingbird species of a Pacific island. Popul Ecol 57:143-149

is now listed in the Springer’s multidisciplinary literature collection of ‘Coping with Disaster’, under the theme of ‘Disasters and their impact on the Environment, Agriculture & Fisheries’. This particular paper from Population Ecology illustrates how the 2010 Chilean tsunami had impact on the population of the critically endangered Juan Fernández Firecrown (Sephanoides fernandensis). The hummingbird is actually featured on top left of the journal cover of Volume 58 (year 2016).

Take this opportunity of the featured literature being available free to download until Friday 29th April 2016!

The main ‘Coping with Disaster’ web site:
A new Special Feature 'Bayesian, Fisherian, error, and evidential statistical approaches for population ecology' (based on a symposium in Tsukuba, Japan, held on 11 October 2014) is added online.
A new Special Feature 'Unravelling ecological networks: complexity-stability relations and diversity of interaction types' (based on a symposium in Osaka, Japan, held on 12 October 2013) is added online.
'Most Cited Articles' in Journal Highlights updated with top 1-3 most cited articles published in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (as of September 30, 2015)

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Population Ecology (formerly Researches on Population Ecology) publishes refereed original research articles and reviews on various aspects of population ecology.


Yoshitaka Tsubaki, Kyoto University, Kyoto

Secretary General

Michihiro Ishihara, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai

Vice President

Hiroyuki Matsuda, Yokohama National University, Yokohama

Executive Committee

Takahiro Asami, Shinshu University, Matsumoto
Eiiti Kasuya, Kyushu University, Fukuoka
Osamu Kishida, Hokkaido University, Tomakomai
Michio Kondoh, Ryukoku University, Otsu
Tadashi Miyashita, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Takahisa Miyatake, Okayama University, Okayama
Takashi Noda, Hokkaido University, Sapporo
Kazunori Sato, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu

Gaku Takimoto, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Yukihiko Toquenaga, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba
Midori Tuda, Kyushu University, Fukuoka
Shunsuke Utsumi, Hokkaido University, Horokanai
Atsushi Yamauchi, Kyoto University, Otsu