On December 9, 2015, we had the fourth annual Mordecai/Peay/Fukami Labs end-of-year joint lab party. We talked about the papers published in 2015 that each of us liked the most. These papers, the best papers of 2015 according to us, are listed below. (If you are curious about the papers we picked before, check out our 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists.)

Best papers of 2015

Blonder B et al. 2015 bLinking environmental filtering and disequilibrium to biogeography with a community climate framework. Ecology 96: 972-985. Link

Davison J et al. 2015 Global assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus diversity reveals very low endemism. Science 349: 970-973. Link

Jing X et al. 2015 The links between ecosystem multifunctionality and above- and belowground biodiversity are mediated by climate. Nature Communications 6: 8159. Link

Kohler A et al. 2015 Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists. Nature Genetics 47: 410-415. Link

Kraft NJB et al. 2015 Plant functional traits and the multidimensional nature of species coexistence. PNAS 112: 797-802. Link

Ling LL et al. 2015 A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable resistance. Nature 517: 455-459. Link

McIntyre PJ et al. 2015 Twentieth-century shifts in forest structure in California: denser forests, smaller trees, and increased dominance of oaks. PNAS 112: 1458-1463. Link

Meseguer AS et al. 2015 Integrating Fossils, Phylogenies, and Niche Models into Biogeography to Reveal Ancient Evolutionary History: The Case of Hypericum (Hypericaceae). Systematic Biology 64: 215-232. Link

Newbold T et al. 2015 Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity. Nature 520: 45-50. Link

Nguyen NH et al. 2015 FUNGuild: An open annotation tool for parsing fungal community datasets by ecological guild. Fungal Ecology, in press. Link

Panke-Buisse K et al. 2015 Selection on soil microbiomes reveals reproducible impacts on plant function. The ISME Journal 9: 980-989. Link

Parker IM et al. 2015 Phylogenetic structure and host abundance drive disease pressure in communities. Nature 520: 542-544. Link

Soliveres S et al. 2015 Intransitive competition is widespread in plant communities and maintains their species richness. Ecology Letters 18: 790-798. Link

Urbanova M et al. 2015 Composition of fungal and bacterial communities in forest litter and soil is largely determined by dominant trees. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 84: 53-64. Link

Warton DI et al. 2015 So many variables: joint modeling in community ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 766-779. Link