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Ant foraging strategies vary along a natural resource gradient

Ant foraging strategies vary along a natural resource gradient - Segev et al. (2020) Food selectivity by foragers has been shown to be affected by its availability in a patch. However, such food availability and its selection by foragers could also vary along...

COVER OCTOBER

This month's cover portrays ten-day-old piping plover ( Charadrius melodus ) chicks on a sandbar in the Missouri River, USA. Read more in the study "Asymmetric benefits of a heterospecific breeding association vary with habitat, conspecific abundance and breeding stage...

COVER SEPTEMBER

A beautiful alpine sunset on September's cover, one of the study sites from the study "Decomposability of lichens and bryophytes from across an elevational gradient under standardized conditions" by van Zuijlen et al. (2020). What a peaceful view! Photo credit: Kristel...

COVER AUGUST

August's cover depicts a wolverine from the study - "Move to nocturnality not a universal trend in carnivore species on disturbed landscapes" by Frey et al. (2020). Read Damien Power's story behind the photo! "Here is my account of another encounter while I was doing a...

Dimorphism and life history differentiation in sepsid flies

"Sexual size dimorphism is associated with reproductive life history trait differentiation in coexisting sepsid flies" (Blankenhorn et al. 2020) The study of ecological diversity requires investigation of numerous groups of organisms to reveal the various alternative...

Cover July

July's cover portrays a male puffer adder ( Bitis arietans ) that has located a female (on the right) and is courting her in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa. Read the full paper by Glaudas et al. (2020) - "The intensity of sexual selection, body size and...

Dialogues & Ignite: Oikos two new paper sections

We are excited to announce that Oikos is broadening its diversity of types of papers to extend our mission of synthesizing ecology. In a nutshell: Dialogues are intended to promote ecological synthesis via critical thinking and the expression of contrasting viewpoints...

Insectivorous bats in anthropogenic landscapes

Landscape structure influences the use of social information in an insectivorous bat Roeleke M, Blohm T, Hoffmeister U, Marggraf L, Schlägel UE, Teige T, Voigt CC Lay summary The common noctule bat hunts for insect swarms in the open air space across all kinds of...

Cover May

May's cover! Take a look at those eyes! Is this the face of "I am not sure what I should do next now that mommy is gone"? Read the paper on recently‐weaned grey seal ( Halichoerus grypus ) pups by Carter et al. (2019) - " From pup to predator: generalized hidden Markov...

Loyal evolutionary partners, or just acquaintances from the same neighborhood?

Fig. 1. Female Drosophila melanogaster sitting on one of its preferred fruit, a banana. " Variable dependency on associated yeast communities influences host range in Drosophila species " (Koerte et al. 2020) In the study “Variable dependency on associated yeast...

Is bigger better?

POPULAR SUMMARY: "The intensity of sexual selection, body size and reproductive success in a mating system with male–male combat: is bigger better?" (Glaudas et al. 2020) We used radio-telemetry and DNA paternity analyses in a free-ranging population of South African...

Publishing about resilience requires – resiliencing!

NEW FORUM PAPER: "Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem functioning and services across three different time horizons and decision contexts" (Weise et al. 2020) Resilience, broadly defined as the ability to cope with stress and keep functioning, is a popular...

Do branch and root of trees grow in harmony or independently?

Beautiful autumn forest in northern Japan with a variety of tree species. Study: "Synchronous and asynchronous root and shoot phenology in temperate woody seedlings" by Makoto et al. (2020) Bud burst, leafing, flowering, autumn coloring…. it is interesting to enjoy the...

Cover April

April's cover displays female caribou from the Rivière-aux-Feuilles herd during the fall migration, from a study by Le Corre et al. (2019) - "Where to spend the winter? The role of intraspecific competition and climate in determining the selection of wintering areas by...

NSO journals in Covid-19 times

Dear authors, readers and reviewers, As the world grapples with COVID-19 we write, above all, to wish you and those close to you continued good health. These are uneasy times and we wanted to let you know that the editorial office of the Nordic Society Oikos (NSO) is...

MATCHING HABITAT CHOICE IS NOT COMMON, OR IS IT?

Written by: Carlos Camacho "Matching habitat choice: it's not for everyone" by Camacho & Hendry (2020) No one gets to decide where they are born, but if one is lucky, they can choose where to settle. Matching habitat choice offers individuals a means to escape...

WELCOME ANTONINO CUSUMANO - NEW SE

Antonino Cusumano has joined Oikos as a Subject Editor, welcome! He is a post-doc at the Laboratory of Entomology in Wageningen University, The Netherlands. We are very happy to have him join our team! Find out more about his interests and expertise in the interview...

Cover March

This spectacular site, situated south of Lassen Peak in Northern California (USA), is this month's cover and the study site for Martin et al. (2019) - "Forest structure and snow depth alter the movement patterns and subsequent expenditures of a forest carnivore, the...

WELCOME NINA FATOUROS - NEW SE

Nina with a beetle teaching insects to Biology students in the French Pyrenees We are super excited to welcome Nina Fatouros to Oikos! She is an Associate professor (tenure-track) at the Biosystematics Group in Wageningen University (The Netherlands). She was kind...

Disentangling the divergence of morphology and life history

Stalactite blue hole from above; Photo credit: R Brian Langerhans. "Multiple traits and multifarious environments: integrated divergence of morphology and life history" (Riesch et al. 2019) Environments are complex, with a plethora of different abiotic and biotic...

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