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November Cover

The beautiful photo on the November Cover was taken by photographer Martin Oeggerli, and shows the single-celled eukaryote Euglena gracilis, that swims via an anterior flagellum and uses a paraflagellar body and red stigma (a red eyespot) to respond to light gradients...

Welcome Pedro Peres-Neto; our new Strategy Editor

We are so happy and excited to introduce our new Strategy Editor to you: Professor Pedro Peres-Neto, Concordia University, Canada! Pedro has over 10 years of experience as a member of editorial boards of multiple top ranked journals in ecology and has the needed broad...

Do environment and behaviour mediate co-occurrence of functional traits in birds?

This work is the fruit of the long-lasting cooperation with Jan Habel and Luc Lens who acquainted me, being rather a theoretical ecologist, to East African bird ecology, conservation, and evolution. Environmental – trait relationships are a hot topic and thus I mailed...

Importance of positive interactions for niche space in deserts

Positive interactions among species have been described as supporters of biodiversity in resource limited or high stress ecosystems. However, the area that these species are supported is rarely quantified. In deserts, shrubs can facilitate annual plants and allow them...

Welcome Ignasi Bartomeus - new SE

We are very happy to welcome Ignasi Bartomeus, Dpto. Ecología Integrativa, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Sevilla, Spain, to our Editorial Board. Read more about him on his website https://bartomeuslab.com and in my interview below: What's you main research...

Plants recondition the soil, altering plant-soil feedbacks

Plant-soil feedback is a powerful concept to capture plant-induced change in the soil and their knock-on effects on plant performance. Most knowledge on plant-soil feedbacks comes from greenhouse studies where a single plant is tested on the soil conditioned by another...

On why and how to incorporate multiple interaction types into network analyses

In ecological communities, every species needs to interact with other species in order to survive and prosper. These ecological interactions are extremely varied in typology, magnitude, and mechanisms, as one would guess given the overwhelming diversity of life forms...

September cover

The cover for our September Issue relates to the paper "Plant–soil negative feedback explains vegetation dynamics and patterns at multiple scales" by Vincenot et al. Description: Simulated plant-soil negative feedback reproduces vegetation ring formation as visible in...

Editor's Choice September

The forum by Flombaum and colleagues puts the role of sampling effects for productivity maximisation central when invasions come into play. To date, most insights into the relevance and importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning point at the primary...

Welcome Jessica Forrest, new SE

We are very happy to welcome Jessica Forrest, University of Ottawa, Canada to our editorial board. Get to know her in my interview below and visit her website https://forrestlab.wordpress.com/ What's you main research focus at the moment? Population ecology and life...

Energetic implications of environmental warming

Food webs are complex arrangements of interconnected species, with the food web of a specific ecosystem containing hundreds of species and thousands of interactions between them. From an energetics perspective, food webs can be viewed as networks of energy pathways in...

Effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning depends on complex biotic and abiotic interactions

Plant diversity effects on ecosystem functioning usually have been studied from a plant perspective. However, the impacts of plant interactions with other organisms on biodiversity effects across different environmental conditions are frequently overlooked. Thus, we...

June cover

The cover photo on the June Issue shows a grey-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca), one of the most gorgeous frugivorous birds in the tropical Andes. This toucan species was one of 53 other frugivorous birds that we observed feeding on more than 21 plant...

Editor's Choice June

The forum paper of Lamy et al. "The contribution of species–genetic diversity correlations to the understanding of community assembly rules" synthesises the current insights and caveats on the importance of correlations between species diversity and neutral genetic...

OIKOS SEEKING A SENIOR STRATEGY EDITOR

Oikos is hiring a new senior Editor to develop strategic initiatives to maintain and improve the journal’s reputation as one of the leading ones in the field. The strategy editor will develop and coordinate initiatives to attract manuscripts that trigger progress in...

From molecules to ecosystems

Understanding only arises from organising knowledge to reveal relationships and patterns - what the Periodic Table did for chemistry. Biology is inherently difficult to organise and find general patterns. For example, different bits of biology have referred to the ‘...

Importance of food quality for extinction

In communities of competing prey species of different food quality, predators may supplement their diets of low-quality prey with high-quality prey, leading to indirect interactions between different prey species. We show that this interaction not only ensures the...

Cover May

The cover for the May Issue is drawn by Robert Fischer, one of the authors to the paper "Importance of mixotrophic bacterivory can be predicted by light and loss rates". Robert describes it like this: The watercolor painting represents a free interpretation of an...

Rotifers hedge their bets against environmental unpredictability

Humans are not the only species to hedge their bets against uncertainty. No habitat is completely predictable and organisms –from microorganisms to vertebrates– living in fluctuating environments may exhibit bet-hedging strategies, which are believed to have evolved to...

Fitness in invasive social wasps

Figure 1: Foraging common wasp worker carrying its prey. The beech forests in Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand, are filled with the buzzing sound of wasps. Nests are well hidden in the ground but in this forest, they can be easily spotted by observing foraging...

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