Advancing plant ecology through meta-analyses

The Journal of Ecology special issue on meta-analysis is now out. A very illuminating process to handle and review may of these papers. I really enjoyed being a part of it and really learned a lot.

Here is the editorial on it:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2745.12264/abstract

pitfall

Quick sparks from the process.
(1) Sensitivity analyses are critical in plant ecology syntheses.
(2) Bayesian meta-statistics are amazing.
(3) All meta-analyses in plant ecology are likely response surface/multi-factorial syntheses.
(4) Contrasts of magnitude of effects (absolute value) can be a neat way to explore intensity if not importance of ecological effects.