- Zoology Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
In his Editorial Comment in Volume 24 (1977) of the Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society the Editor wrote the prophetic words: "Journals evolve and the Proceedings is no exception." In the case of the Proceedings, evolution has certainly taken place and at such a rapid rate that within a few months of the Editorial appearing, the Proceedings has evolved into the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. ournal As the new Editor for the New Zealand Ecological Society, I am pleased to have this opportunity of introducing to readers the first issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology- The change of title is, perhaps, a belated recognition of the fact that because of the nature, scope and importance of many of the papers published in its pages, the familiar Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society cological has for many years been, in all but name, truly the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. The President of our Society made this point, and several others, about the Proceedings in his 1977 Presidential Address (published in this issue) and also paid tribute to the succession of Editors whose services have helped to make the Proceedings the highly-regarded journal it is today. I hope that I, and my successors, will similarly go from strength to strength and consolidate the position of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology on the world ecological scene.