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Cover April

The photo on the April cover shows two black legged kittiwakes at nests on Puffin Island, one of the three study sites in the paper " Environmental heterogeneity amplifies behavioural response to a temporal cycle ". The paper studies the effect of a predictable...

Citizen science shows how predation risk effects can reduce lifetime fitness

Simple observations can sometimes lead to unexpected scientific discoveries. In 1996, wildlife biologist and educator Dick Thiel was musing about the abundance of North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) near his home in central Wisconsin. That winter he started...

What happens in the ecosystem if an apex predator is removed?

Our study reports the results of the first broad-scale field study investigating the ecological role of Australia’s largest terrestrial predator, the dingo, in tropical savannah ecosystems. We did this by comparing the abundances of herbivores, an introduced...

Water and the lack of it shape tundra vegetation patterns

Water has a control over vegetation. Whether there is too much or too little of it, it has an impact on the spatial patterns of plants, mosses and lichens. This is evident in arid ecosystems – about but what about cold ecosystems which are considered as temperature...

Editor's Choice March

The first editor’s choice is the forum by Patrick & Yuan: ‘ The challenges that spatial context present for synthesizing community ecology across scales ’. The rationale for their forum is the common mismatch between community theory and its application within a...