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Meta communities in dynamic systems

Biological communities are shaped by both local biotic interactions and abiotic environmental conditions (environmental filtering) and regional processes, such as the movement of organisms from one site to another (dispersal). Following this, how sets of local...

WELCOME TO THE 1st PER BRINK SYMPOSIUM

WELCOME TO THE 1st PER BRINK SYMPOSIUM 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? Any environmental change shifts an individual’s optimal life...

Do bats know what's in the fruits?

Fleshy fruits function primarily to attract mutualistic animal seed dispersers, yet they are much more than packages of nutritional rewards. Fruits contain a rich array of secondary metabolites that give them their incredible diversity in flavors, odors, and colors...

On predation in the Bromeliad ecosystems

Tank bromeliads are a family of Neotropical plants, with tightly overlapping leaves that are capable of accumulating rain water and detritus. These plants host a very diverse aquatic community in which the larval stage of several species of mosquitoes, non-biting...

Welcome Marjo Saastamoinen- new SE

We are very happy to welcome a new Subject Editor to our board - Dr Marjo Saastamoinen, University of Helsinki, Finland. Get to know her in th inteview below and visit her webpage: http://www.mv.helsinki.fi/home/msaastam/ What's you main research focus at the moment?...

Philosophy behind “Colony size and foraging range in seabirds”

Basic questions in animal collective behaviour are still unanswered. Bird coloniality is a good example: Why do many bird species breed in colonies? Why is colony size so variable within and between species? Why is breeding in colonies often synchronised? Historically...

El Nino and density-dependent mortality in saplings

Density-dependent mortality (DDM) has been identified as one of the processes allowing coexistence of hundreds of species in tropical forests. At the early stages of tree development, mortality occurs mainly within dense clumps of conspecific individuals as a...

Welcome Elizabeth Borer as new SE

We're so happy to having recruited several new, great editors to Oikos lately. One of them is Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota, St Paul. Get to know her in the interview below and visit her website here : What's you main research focus at the moment? I'm an...

Energy flow between stream and forest

Cross-system subsidies, or transfers of energy and nutrients from one ecosystem to another, have been studied extensively in many different types of environments. In particular, a great deal of research demonstrates that subsidies between streams and surrounding...

Editor's Choice October

Our October issue is out! Editor’s choices are two remarkable papers focusing on species interactions. The forum paper of Oriol-Cotterill and colleagues focuses on landscapes of fear from the perspective of terrestrial carnivores, downgraded to penultimate predators by...

How does energy travel in foodwebs?

Food webs represent the general framework of ecological communities. Our study unfold the structural complexity of weighted food webs, where energy flows are quantified, highlighting the topologies that are mainly responsible for distributing the energy flow to the...

WILL TECHNOLOGY TRAMPLE PEER REVIEW?

We have too much to read, reviewers do not review enough manuscripts, there are too many journals, and good journals do not publish enough papers. The need of technology hand in hand with pressure to publish and increase in demographics in academia (e.g., ease of...

Diverse effects of mast seeding on animal populations

Mast seeding is an astonishing phenomenon. Trees produce tons of seeds, all at once, and then take a couple of years off, with little or not seeds produced. This burst of seeds creates a resouce pulse that propagates through ecosystems. The best-known effects of...

Most talked about Oikos papers - on the web

Altmetrics measures how many times a paper has been linked to by various websites and social media sites. Here's the top 10 list over Oikos papers' Altmetrics scores. If you click on the title, you get to the paper and can see their score. Click on the Altmetrics...

Welcome Gerlinde De Deyn - new Deputy EiC

We have a new deputy Editor in Chief at Oikos! Very welcome to the board, Dr. Gerlinde De Deyne! Learn more about her here: What's you main research focus at the moment? I focus on plant-soil interactions in relation to the coupling between biodiversity, ecosystem...

Do plants communicate with different dialects?

Animals are widely recognized to communicate with other members of their species: signalling danger, marking territory, and finding food. Recent work has recognized that a broad range of organisms – including plants – also send, receive, and respond to a rich suite of...

Stoichiometrically imbalanced diets

Leaf-consuming detritivores feed and grow on some of the poorest quality resources available in nature: dead organic matter of mostly terrestrial origin that has a high proportion of carbon (C) relative to other essential elements such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P...

Cover October

The cover photo on the October issue shows a mallard duck in flight taken at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC, Canada. The photo illustates movement behaviour of mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) in relation to the spread of avian influenza viruses. Read more in the paper "...

Cover September

The photo on the Septmber cover shows a couple of stallions that leisurely find water in the mid-west side of Sable Island. However, although for some horses water isn't always so accessible to find here. Read more in the paper "Density-dependent, central-place...

New SE - Silke Bauer

We are very happy to welcome Silke Bauer, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, to our Editorial Board. get to know her in the interview below and read more at her webpage: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/de/vogelwarte/ueber-uns/team/mitarbeitende/silke-bauer.html 1. What'...

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