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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...

Disturbance effects on specialists and generalists

In nature, species differ by many characteristics, such as dispersal ability, competitiveness or fecundity, that can be associated one with another. In addition, species can display distinct levels of habitat specialisation. This means that some species (‘specialist...

Does functional diversity follow changes in communities?

Ecological studies based on time-series often investigate community changes centered on species abundance or biomass but rarely expose the consequential functional aspects underlying such changes. Various measures of functional diversity (FD) gained much attention in...

Follow the Per Brink symposium live

On Feb 1st, Oikos, together with Nordic Society Oikos and Wiley arrange the Per Brink symposium: (Re)appreciating the role of life history in Eco-evolutionary dynamics? The symposium will be live streamed and and can be followed by the first 100 persons to sign up!...

Cover January

The cover for the January Issue shows an Amur tiger drinking water in the Russian Far East. The photogrpaher is Ivan Seryodkin. Read the paper "Spatial variation in the density and vulnerability of preferred prey in the landscape shape patterns of Amur tiger habitat...

Common or rare - all about the soil?

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...

Skip the tropics to avoid malaria?

Animal migrations play a major role in our understanding of how species are distributed across space and time. Many migratory animals travel enormous distances each year, leaving us to wonder why such long migration routes are necessary. One possible explanation is the...

Does stress induce variations in mating system?

A classical hypothesis is that colonizing plants are more selfing and non-colonizing plants, found later in ecological successions, are more outcrossing. We proposed to refine this framework in the context if the Grime's CSR theory of ecological strategies. Without...

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