Winter Ecology: A Special Issue of Northeastern Naturalist

Call for Abstracts

Winter is a defining feature of the environments of northeastern North America, and studies of winter ecology are gaining increasing prominence. We are pleased to announce a special issue of Northeastern Naturalist dedicated to this topic. Its mission is three-fold: to highlight the region’s winter ecology research in general, to provide a venue for studies stemming from the historically severe winter of 2014-15, and to understand winter ecology through the lens of environmental history.

Papers representing all aspects of winter ecology are sought. Submissions can thus cover topics ranging from the level of physiological/behavioral ecology to ecosystem-level phenomena, with studies involving terrestrial, freshwater, or marine environments. Historical articles may include case studies of severe winters, analyses of changing winter landscapes and waterways over longer periods of time, and critical interpretations of the evolution of the field of winter ecology in the Northeast. Essays in the history of science, environmental history, and historical climatology are all welcome.


  • Abstract Deadline: 01 October 2015 (invitations to submit manuscript made by 15 October 2015)
  • Manuscript Deadline: 15 February 2016
  • Targeted Publication Date: January 2017


With questions regarding a biological or historical submission, please contact the issue’s respective co-editor.

Scott R. Smedley
Associate Professor of Biology
Trinity College
Hartford, CT 06106
Thomas M. Wickman
Assistant Professor of History
Trinity College
Hartford, CT 06106