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Welcome Julien Cote - new SE

We have the great pleasure to welcome Julien Cote, University o Tolouse, France, to our Editorial Board. Get to know him on his website http://www.juliencote.fr/ and in the interview below: What's you main research focus at the moment? I currently study the impacts of...

The who, when, where, how and why of partial migration

We were amazed when we first heard rumours that giant tortoises migrated up and down the volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands. Darwin had first mentioned the possibility after discussing with local farmers why tortoise trails went uphill! Later, several researchers found...

Complexity and structure of food webs in the Barents Sea

A food web describes the diversity of species and their feeding relationships, i.e. "who eats whom". Food webs are essential parts of ecology as they summarize who is present in an ecosystem and how species interact with one another, here as consumer and prey. It may...

More species, more genes?

More species, more genes? Why positive correlations between species and genetic diversity might not be the rule Diversity is an essential facet of natural ecosystems that cuts through many organizational scales. The diversity of species observed in a given area (...

Welome Morgan Kelly - new SE

We have the great pleasure to welcome Morgan Kelly, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, to our Editroial Board. Get to know her in the interview below: What's you main research focus at the moment? My research...

Cover April

The photo on our cover for our Per Brink Special Issue shows a juvenile moor frog (Rana arvalis) in the forest floor in Central Sweden, May 2016. This species is one of the most abundant and widespread amphibians in Scandinavia, even tolerating freezing during the...

Hura, hura, Oikos’ first Per Brinck issue is out.

Who’s issue? Per Brinck was a Swedish ecologist who has played an instrumental role for the development and recognition of the science of ecology in the Nordic countries, especially as serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Oikos for many years. In honour of him, Oikos...

Welcome Adrián Escudero- new SE

We have the great pleasure to welcome Adrián Escudero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Mostoles, Spain, to our Editroial Board. Get to know him in the interview below and by checking out his research here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adrian_Escudero What's you...

March cover

The photo on the cover for our March Issue was shot by Johannes Foufopoulos. A male Aegean Wall Lizard (Podarcis erhardii) photographed on the Cycladic island of Naxos (Greece). The species occurs in numerous relict populations across land-bridge islands that were...

The place to study litter decomposition

This paper is based on field work mostly done in the Ohu Village. This is a village in Papua New Guinea that runs its own small rainforest conservation area of approximately 300 ha. The surrounding lands have been largely converted to food gardens or are covered by...

Does density dependence matter in foraging?

When explaining animal distributions in ecosystems, ecologists have long debated the relative importance of food availability on the one hand, and density-dependence on the other. A high availability of food typically attracts and concentrates animals. Foragers may...

How do the foragers respond to masting?

Masting is the synchronous production of large seed crops across individuals within a plant population, and is thought to have evolved (at least in part) as a mechanism to escape seed predators. How does this work? Theory predicts that superabundant, synchronous seed...

Welcome Miguel Verdu - new SE

We are very happy to welcome Dr Miguel Verdu, Valencia, Spain to our editoral board. Below is a short interview with Miguel: What's you main research focus at the moment? I am interested in the signature that evolution leaves into ecological processes acting at species...

Editor's choice February

Organisms respond to predation risk in multiple ways. Induced defences are not restricted to plants in response to herbivore attack, but are also prominently present in vertebrates and arthropods. Induced responses can be of behavioural or morphological origin and...

Sigmoidal function of infections

Infectious diseases that can be contracted from the environment form a persistent threat to human health, livestock and wildlife. With the changing environment, there is increasing need for predictive modelling of environmentally transmitted disease dynamics...

On carnivorous plants, seed banks, and uncertainty

Plant demographers have it easy, as the saying goes. Plants don't move and their fates may be followed through time in permanent plots - as the photo of M. Paniw, taking measurements of Drosophyllum lusitanicum in a heathland patch, shows. What happens, though, to...

Editor's Choice January

2017, a new year of Oikos to kick-off with two selected contributions as editor’s choices for the January issue. The first EC is the forum by Houlahan and colleagues on the priority of prediction in ecological understanding . The authors provide series of argument to...

Cover February

The February cover shows a bull moose on Isle Roylae foraging on deciduous forage in early spring. Parikh et al. show that increasingly diverse diet is associated with better nutritional status in "The influence of plant defensive chemicals, diet composition, and...

Welcome German Orizaola as new SE

We have the great pleasure to welcome Dr German Orizaola, Uppsala Univeristy to our Editorial Board. You can read more about German on his website www.gorizaola.wordpress.com and of course in myinterview with him below. What's you main research focus at the moment? My...

Plant Diversity and Decomposition

CO2 becomes plant biomass through photosynthesis and then returns to the atmosphere through respiration, including the decomposition of this biomass, forming the basis of the terrestrial carbon cycle. Research has shown that higher biodiversity of plants can increase...

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