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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...

WELCOME SHURONG ZHOU - NEW SE

Oikos warmly welcomes our new Subject Editor Shurong Zhou, a Professor from Fudan University, China! Check out her interview. Keywords: Biodiversity maintenance, biodiversity-disease relationship, community assembly, community ecology, theory of biodiversity 1. What's...

WELCOME FRANÇOIS MUNOZ - NEW SE

A journal needs experts in many fields. Join me in welcoming François Munoz to Oikos! He is currently a Professor at Université Grenoble Alpes. His research concerns Ecology, Biogeography and Evolutionary Biology! Get to know him and his work better in the interview...

The cryptic impacts of an ant invasion

Photo by: Francois Brassard Written by: Mark Wong "The cryptic impacts of invasion: functional homogenization of tropical ant communities by invasive fire ants" (Wong et al. 2019) Ecologists are increasingly appreciating the multifaceted nature of biodiversity, which...

Cover February

February's Cover displays The West Fork Gila River, New Mexico, USA, home to Catostomus insignis , the Sonora Sucker, which acts as an ecosystem engineer by digging depressions in soft sediment areas and resuspending sediments through its primarily cryptic nocturnal...

Are moderate dispersal abilities best for species richness?

Beetles come in all shapes and sizes. [Source: Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin]. "An inordinate fondness for species with intermediate dispersal abilities" (Ashby et al. 2019) JBS Haldane, one of the most influential evolutionary...

Cover January

The photo shows a juvenile roe deer ( Capreolus capreolus ) dispersing into a human-dominated landscape in southern France. Read the associated paper ‘ Beyond dispersal versus philopatry? Alternative behavioural tactics of juvenile roe deer in a heterogeneous landscape...

Cover December

This month’s cover photo shows a close-up of a weaver ant ready to attack. Ants and their antibiotic excretions can reduce and eliminate disease symptoms on their host plants. Read more in “ Ants suppressing plant pathogens: a review ” by Offenberg and Damgaard (2019...

WELCOME SEAN RANDS - NEW SE

Sean Rands has joined Oikos as a new subject editor, welcome! He is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, currently based at the University of Bristol as a senior lecturer. Below is a short interview with Sean, so we can all get to know him and his work! Personal...

WELCOME JENNIFER FIRN - NEW SE

We are excited to welcome our new subject editor, Jennifer Firn, a theoretical and applied plant ecologist, and Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, with expertise from grasslands to tropical rainforests! The picture above shows her working in...

WELCOME BOB WONG - NEW SE

Bob Wong has joined our editorial team as a subject editor! Join us in giving him a warm welcome. Bob is a behavioural ecologist whose lab is currently based in Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Read his interview! Personal webpage: bobwonglab.org twitter: @...

WELCOME ALLAN EDELSPARRE - NEW SE

Allan doing some laboratory work! The Oikos team has a new Subject Editor! Welcome, Allan Edelsparre! We are happy to share the following interview with Allan, read it and get to know him and his research area better! Link to Allan's personal page: http://aedelsparre...

Effects of habitat instability on toad populations

Most wildlife populations live in habitats that show variation in biotic and abiotic conditions across space and time. This means any given species needs to find ways to deal with such variation in environmental conditions (e.g., local adaptation, phenotypic plasticity...

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