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Pyramids of species richness

Two years ago, I was finishing my MSc and considering whether I’d like to do a PhD, and if so, with whom. I met with Chris and we threw around a few ideas for PhD projects. It was when he brought up a certain mystery that my decision to do a PhD in his lab was cemented...

Predators linking the brown and green worlds

The concept of a trophic cascade, where predators eat herbivores and thus indirectly benefit plants, has been around for a long time in ecology. Trophic cascades have been documented in all habitats with a wide variety of species. However, systems that involve cascades...

The importance of time in plant pollination networks

Network theory is widely used to explore the structure of ecological interactions. Consequently, network tools have permeated the ecological literature during the last decade. For example, plant-pollinator interaction networks accounted for nearly 250 papers in the...

Welcome Tadashi Fukami, new SE

We now have the great pleasure to welcome Dr. Tadashi Fukami to Oikos Editorial Board. Below is a short interview with him and if you want to know more, just visit his webiste: http://web.stanford.edu/~fukamit/ What's you main research focus at the moment? I am...

Editor's Choice May

The meta-analysis and forum paper from the May issue of Oikos are selected as Editor’s choice. Bauer and colleagues synthesise the available empirical evidence to provide evidence that timing of migration events strongly impacts ecological dynamics across larger...

Cover May

The photo on Oikos' May cover, shows a well deserved break in fieldwork and is taken by Bess Hardwick. Fieldwork is performed for the study: Disentangling the ‘brown world’ faecal–detritus interaction web: dung beetle effects on soil microbial properties by Eleanore M...

Heating up arthropod interactions in situ

With advancing climate change, species ranges are likely to shift. However, climate change may also affect interactions among the co-occurring species remaining in the landscape. Most interactions on the globe involve insects, whether in the tropics , the temperate...

Cover April

The photo on the April cover is taken by Javier Valverde and relates to the paper: The temporal dimension in individual-based plant pollination networks , by Valverde et al. here's a short description of the photo: Unfocused in the background, a bee fly approaches to...

Editor's Choice April

The two papers selected as Editor’s choice of this April issue illustrate the versatility of the use of Ecological networks to advance our understanding of ecological systems. Dalla Riva and Stouffer take a modeling approach to study food web backbone evolution using...

April Special Issue on Ecological networks

April special issue on Ecological networks: assembly and consequences In the editorial of our special Oikos issue ‘Ecological networks: assembly and consequences’ Paulo R. Guimarães Jr. and I explain that ecological systems are problems of organized complexity,...

Temporal dimension in plant-pollinator networks

Network theory is widely used to explore the structure of ecological interactions. Consequently, network tools have permeated the ecological literature during the last decade. For example, plant-pollinator interaction networks accounted for nearly 250 papers in the...

TRANSLATING FOREST MANAGEMENT INTO KEY ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES FOR DISPERSERS.

We live in a world of changing landscapes, in which animals are forced to face new conditions of food and habitat availability, local competition for resources and predation risks. Plants that depend on these animals to disperse their seeds indirectly face the same...

ORCID ID now mandatory for corresponding authors

When submitting a manuscript to Oikos, it is now mandatory for the corresponding author to provide an ORCID ID along with the adress. ORCiD - Open Researcher and Controbutor ID - is a non-profit organization. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes. You do it...

Predators effect on food webs - apart from the eating thing.

Animals must eat to survive, but they must also avoid being eaten by their predators. Unfortunately, the act of eating can make an individual vulnerable to predators, so animals often shift where, when, or how much they eat in order to remain safe. In their new paper “...

Editor's Choice March

Chris Lortie and I explain in an editorial how important and non-trivial synthesis is to advance the field of ecology. At Oikos, we see meta-analyse as important avenue to promote synthesis, together with novel, and often multidisciplinary approaches that integrate...

Getting along with conspecifics

Cover February

The cover photo of the February Issue shows The Clauge River in the Chaux's forest (Jura, France). The Clauge comprised several forested headwater streams that go dry for 1-5 months during the summer period. However, the river harbours rich aquatic invertebrate...

What causes underwater plant collapses?

Underwater plants play a keystone role in shallow aquatic ecosystems: they stabilize clear-water conditions with high biodiversity and their decline can cause a shift to a turbid state with phytoplankton dominance. Various mechanisms have been suggested triggering...

Is phenological asynchrony associated with climate?

Trophic levels and species within them usually respond differently to global warming (Walther et al. 2002, Thackeray et al. 2010). This can lead to disruptions of many ecological interactions and, thus, different ecological processes may be altered, for instance the...

The key to success - for aliens and native species

The question why some species are rare while others are common has puzzled ecologists since decades and it has not lost any of its relevance. Especially in times of globalization, species invasions are among the most pressing issues in ecology. More recently it has...

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