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Welcome Lizzy Lowe - New SE

Please join me in welcoming Lizzy Lowe as one of our new Subject Editors! She is a postdoc in the Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University in Australia. Read through her interview and get to know her better! lizzylowe.net | @LizyLowe 1. What's your main...

Special issue in Oikos: Call for papers

The role of the nutritional quality of resources in ecosystem functioning. Special issue in Oikos: Call for paper Dear Colleagues, We cordially invite you to submit manuscripts to a special issue of Oikos on the role of the nutritional quality of resources in ecosystem...

Cover December

December's cover portrays a jumping spider ( Marpissa muscosa ) from behavioural study "Individual differences in risk‐taking affect foraging across different landscapes of fear" by Steinhoff et al. (2020). Abstract One of the strongest determinants of behavioural...

Urbanization drives an early spring for plants but not for pollinators

Urbanization drives an early spring for plants but not for pollinators The sharp increase of urban areas and the associated human population in the last century has put growing pressure on native animal and plant species, as they are threatened by habitat destruction...

Welcome Si-Chong Chen - New SE

Location: Wakehurst, UK Personal webpage , Google Scholar , ResearchGate Twitter: @SichongChen Keywords: macroecology, biogeography, plant ecology, seed ecology, species interaction 1. What's your main research focus at the moment? I work on the macroecological...

Tracking dispersal across a patchy landscape

Image 1: The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster (Photo credit: Ken Jones) Tracking dispersal across a patchy landscape reveals a dynamic interaction between genotype and habitat structure Historically, as well as contemporary, dispersal remains one of the most...

A horizon scan of ecology teaching

Teaching and learning in ecology: a horizon scan of emerging challenges and solutions In May 2019 a group of 30 UK academics gathered at The Open University to conduct a horizon scan of ecology teaching. We met to consider the outcomes of a two-step survey identifying...

Cover November

November's cover: Cogongrass ( Imperata cylindrica ) invading both pine dominated (open canopy) and oak dominated (denser canopy) habitats near Seabring, FL. This is the study site in "Clonal integration enhances performance of an invasive grass" by Estrada et al. (...

Ant foraging strategies vary along a natural resource gradient

Ant foraging strategies vary along a natural resource gradient - Segev et al. (2020) Food selectivity by foragers has been shown to be affected by its availability in a patch. However, such food availability and its selection by foragers could also vary along...

COVER OCTOBER

This month's cover portrays ten-day-old piping plover ( Charadrius melodus ) chicks on a sandbar in the Missouri River, USA. Read more in the study "Asymmetric benefits of a heterospecific breeding association vary with habitat, conspecific abundance and breeding stage...

COVER SEPTEMBER

A beautiful alpine sunset on September's cover, one of the study sites from the study "Decomposability of lichens and bryophytes from across an elevational gradient under standardized conditions" by van Zuijlen et al. (2020). What a peaceful view! Photo credit: Kristel...

COVER AUGUST

August's cover depicts a wolverine from the study - "Move to nocturnality not a universal trend in carnivore species on disturbed landscapes" by Frey et al. (2020). Read Damien Power's story behind the photo! "Here is my account of another encounter while I was doing a...

Dimorphism and life history differentiation in sepsid flies

"Sexual size dimorphism is associated with reproductive life history trait differentiation in coexisting sepsid flies" (Blankenhorn et al. 2020) The study of ecological diversity requires investigation of numerous groups of organisms to reveal the various alternative...

Cover July

July's cover portrays a male puffer adder ( Bitis arietans ) that has located a female (on the right) and is courting her in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa. Read the full paper by Glaudas et al. (2020) - "The intensity of sexual selection, body size and...

Dialogues & Ignite: Oikos two new paper sections

We are excited to announce that Oikos is broadening its diversity of types of papers to extend our mission of synthesizing ecology. In a nutshell: Dialogues are intended to promote ecological synthesis via critical thinking and the expression of contrasting viewpoints...

Insectivorous bats in anthropogenic landscapes

Landscape structure influences the use of social information in an insectivorous bat Roeleke M, Blohm T, Hoffmeister U, Marggraf L, Schlägel UE, Teige T, Voigt CC Lay summary The common noctule bat hunts for insect swarms in the open air space across all kinds of...

Cover May

May's cover! Take a look at those eyes! Is this the face of "I am not sure what I should do next now that mommy is gone"? Read the paper on recently‐weaned grey seal ( Halichoerus grypus ) pups by Carter et al. (2019) - " From pup to predator: generalized hidden Markov...

Loyal evolutionary partners, or just acquaintances from the same neighborhood?

Fig. 1. Female Drosophila melanogaster sitting on one of its preferred fruit, a banana. " Variable dependency on associated yeast communities influences host range in Drosophila species " (Koerte et al. 2020) In the study “Variable dependency on associated yeast...

Is bigger better?

POPULAR SUMMARY: "The intensity of sexual selection, body size and reproductive success in a mating system with male–male combat: is bigger better?" (Glaudas et al. 2020) We used radio-telemetry and DNA paternity analyses in a free-ranging population of South African...

Publishing about resilience requires – resiliencing!

NEW FORUM PAPER: "Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem functioning and services across three different time horizons and decision contexts" (Weise et al. 2020) Resilience, broadly defined as the ability to cope with stress and keep functioning, is a popular...

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