So, what do you think is the most cited paper in ecology (the field, not the journal) published in the last ten years? Answer in the comments. No cheating and looking it up!
My own guess was Leibold et al. 2004
(the paper coining the term “metacommunity”), which turns out to be a pretty good guess, but isn’t right. UPDATE: The memory is the first thing to go. As Jon Chase points out in the comments, and as I coincidentally just remembered myself, Wilson 1992 coined the term “metacommunity”. Jon says Hanski and Gilpin 1991 also coined the term independently. I’ve read that book chapter but didn’t recall that they’d coined the term metacommunity, so clearly Jon’s memory is in better shape than mine.
I’ll reveal the top 20 in a post on Aug. 3.
Valuable prize!: First person to guess a paper that’s in the top 5 wins a free beer from me at the upcoming ESA meeting! No, Leibold et al. isn’t in the top 5.