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Stress hormones provide a cloudy picture of environmental quality and fitness

Wildlife are facing many stressors spanning climate change, loss and alteration of habitats, and pollutants. In an effort to determine whether organisms can cope with an altered environment, many ecologists and conservation biologists have begun to turn to measures of...

July Cover

The photo on Oikos' July cover shows a group of Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) foraging near their breeding colony at Bass Rock (east coast of Scotland) and is taken by Richard Shucksmith (www.ecologicalphotography.co.uk) . This photo illustrates the study "Colony...

How does temperature influence the winter moth’s phenology?

In most species phenology, or the timing of biological events such as flowering, migration, or reproduction, is crucial for survival and fitness. Several external and internal factors such as light, temperature, endogenous clocks, food-availability and density are...

Consequences of eating infected prey

We investigate the ways in which consuming pathogen-infected prey influence some important life-history parameters of insect predators. Pathogens are used in a variety of biocontrol programs, especially to control crop pests. We focused on crop-pests due to their short...

Sometimes “less is more”… ecological networks also prove us right

The networks of plant-animal interactions represent a perfect tool to capture the complexity of ecological communities, and, simultaneously, to relate the effect of this complexity on ecosystem functioning. For example, seed dispersal, an important ecological process...