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Temporal changes with life long effects

Walking through central European meadows among hills and mountains, in the middle of spring, we are amazed by the striking beauty of the plethora of flowers blooming, and the hundreds of insects feasting on the blossoms. Watching butterflies, we notice them stopping on...

Seasonal effects on stream community structures

Think about your garden, where you might plant vegetables in late spring and expect to harvest them throughout the summer. Fertilizers are often required to provide nutrients to the plants, and pests like insects might consume the plants before you can harvest them...

Forum: Eltonian niche and functional diversity

One of this month's Editor's choice papers, which is also Forum paper, has the title "Bringing the Eltonian niche into functional diversity". The first author, Matthias Dehling sent us a photo.... This composite photo shows a Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla)...

December cover

The photo on our December cover shows a Laughing falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans , scoring a human-dominated landscape at Costa Rica. Photo: Daniel Karp The paper "Do correlated responses to multiple environmental changes exacerbate or mitigate species loss?" is...

There is a hole in my litterbag….

Disaster. A ruined experiment. Returning after a year to find half of the experiment eaten! Usually plant material, or litter, rots when buried outside, so we were expecting some of the litter to have disappeared through decomposition. But eaten? What would eat plant...