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When can plant populations be invaded by other species?

The world is experiencing increasing climatic variability, loss of biodiversity, and spread of invasive species. Together, these factors can have huge effects on the functioning of our ecosystems. But what makes ecological systems more resistant to biological invasions...

Editor's choice April

The first editor’s choice for the April issue is the meta-analysis by Frida Piper and colleagues . The authors present a global analysis on herbivory rates in understorey vegetation from forests. The rationale for the study comes from observations that herbivory in...

Did you fertilize evenly?

Thanks Jitka Klimesova for the cartoon about your recent paper "Philip Grime's fourth corner: are there plant species adapted to high disturbance and low productivity?" in Oikos! Sir, are you sure you have dug and fertilized the entire flower bed evenly?

Closing the gender gap in science - Guest post

We are happy to present to you our first guest blog post, by Sam Perrin and Kate Layton-Matthew, Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics​/Museum of Natural History, NTNU, Norway, who made an interview with 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science award-winner Amy Austin,...

March Cover

The photo on the March-cover 2018, shows some of the 163 species of seeds that was used to test the trade-off between physical and chemical defenses, in the paper "Tradeoff between physical and chemical defense in plant seeds is mediated by seed mass", by Bo Wang et al...

Welcome new SE - Jiri Reif

We are happy to welcome Dr. Jiri Reif, Charles University, Prag, Czech Republic, to our Editorial Board. Get to know him in my interview below and read more at https://www.natur.cuni.cz/fakulta/zivotni-prostredi/lide/zamestnanci/jiri-reif What's you main research focus...

Forever young - a strategy for niche differentiation?

On the right: paedomorphic alpine newt, a phenotype that retains gills at the adult stage (Photo by Mathieu Denoël). On the left: Fig. 2 of the article illustrating the isotopic niche of alpine newts, with paedomorphic females foraging more on planktonic organisms than...

Welcome Paul Caplat, new SE!

We are very happy and proud to welcome Paul Caplat, Queens University, Belfast, to our editorial board. Get to know Paul here and visit his webpage http://paulcaplat.weebly.com/ What's you main research focus at the moment? I develop approaches to understand and...

Host heterogeneity determines epidemic outcomes

A dynamic network simulation where the infection (in red) spreads to uninfected individuals (blue). Infected individuals ultimately recover and become immune (green). Throughout the simulation, contacts between individuals are continuously dissolving and forming...

Oikos goes Double Blind

Peer review is central to science, it is a necessary quality-control procedure to ensure that scientific research published in publications can be reproduced and trusted. While being an essential step in the scientific procedure, it is under severe pressure and...

Do you ever feel tempted to try new things?

Do you ever feel tempted to try new things? As time goes on, we are always acquiring new preferences; it goes for food, books, songs and hobbies for example. Time, in the evolutionary scale, may also play an important role in determining the chances of species...

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...

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