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Are moderate dispersal abilities best for species richness?

Beetles come in all shapes and sizes. [Source: Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin]. "An inordinate fondness for species with intermediate dispersal abilities" (Ashby et al. 2019) JBS Haldane, one of the most influential evolutionary...

Cover January

The photo shows a juvenile roe deer ( Capreolus capreolus ) dispersing into a human-dominated landscape in southern France. Read the associated paper ‘ Beyond dispersal versus philopatry? Alternative behavioural tactics of juvenile roe deer in a heterogeneous landscape...

Cover December

This month’s cover photo shows a close-up of a weaver ant ready to attack. Ants and their antibiotic excretions can reduce and eliminate disease symptoms on their host plants. Read more in “ Ants suppressing plant pathogens: a review ” by Offenberg and Damgaard (2019...

WELCOME SEAN RANDS - NEW SE

Sean Rands has joined Oikos as a new subject editor, welcome! He is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, currently based at the University of Bristol as a senior lecturer. Below is a short interview with Sean, so we can all get to know him and his work! Personal...

WELCOME JENNIFER FIRN - NEW SE

We are excited to welcome our new subject editor, Jennifer Firn, a theoretical and applied plant ecologist, and Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, with expertise from grasslands to tropical rainforests! The picture above shows her working in...

WELCOME BOB WONG - NEW SE

Bob Wong has joined our editorial team as a subject editor! Join us in giving him a warm welcome. Bob is a behavioural ecologist whose lab is currently based in Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Read his interview! Personal webpage: bobwonglab.org twitter: @...

WELCOME ALLAN EDELSPARRE - NEW SE

Allan doing some laboratory work! The Oikos team has a new Subject Editor! Welcome, Allan Edelsparre! We are happy to share the following interview with Allan, read it and get to know him and his research area better! Link to Allan's personal page: http://aedelsparre...

Effects of habitat instability on toad populations

Most wildlife populations live in habitats that show variation in biotic and abiotic conditions across space and time. This means any given species needs to find ways to deal with such variation in environmental conditions (e.g., local adaptation, phenotypic plasticity...

WELCOME ANDREW GONZALEZ - NEW EDITOR

We want to wish Andrew Gonzalez a warm welcome to the Oikos team! He is a professor at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Liber Ero Chair in Conservation Biology, Killam Fellow, and the founding director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science . Andrew has...

Cover September

September's cover shows us a branching coral ( Acropora sp. ) in an area with high urbanization. Read about the impacts of urbanization on marine environments in the study " Towards an urban marine ecology: characterizing the drivers, patterns and processes of marine...

Cover November

The photo for November's Issue shows us an incredible view! What determines whether a plant can survive the rough conditions of the Himalayas? Read about it in the paper " Disentangling evolutionary, environmental and morphological drivers of plant anatomical...

Cover July/August

The photo for our July and August Issues show a Lesser kestrel ( Falco naumanni ) sitting on a stone before a wall with a mouse in its beak. Read the associated paper "Benefits of extra food to reproduction depend on maternal condition" by Podofillini et al. (2019)...

Cover May

The photo of May's issue shows halictid bees from Peru! Check out the related paper " Does the sociality of pollinators shape the organisation of pollination networks? " (Maia et al. 2019)! Photo taken by: Claus Rassmusen

Cover March

Here is our March Cover showing a majestic red deer ( Cervus elaphus )! The image is from the paper " Large herbivore migration plasticity along environmental gradients in Europe: life‐history traits modulate forage effects " found in this issue! Photo taken by: Anders...

Cover October

The photo on the October cover shows a barnacle goose ( Branta leucopsis ) from the paper " Resting metabolic rate in migratory and non‐migratory geese following range expansion: go south, go low " (Eichhorn et al. 2019) found in this issue! Photo taken by: Götz...

Cover June

Our cover for the June issue is a drawing made by Abby McBride. It summarizes the Forum paper "Inclusive fitness, asymmetric competition and kin selection in plants" by Bodil K. Ehlers and trine Bilde. The drawing is one of five that Abby has made to illustrate our...

Welcome Gregor Kalinkat - new SE

We are very happy to welcome Gregor Kalinkat to our editorial board! Read more about him in this interview! What's you main research focus at the moment? I just started a new position as a senior researcher in Franz Hölker's lab at the Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater...

Welcome Ignacio M. Pérez-Ramos - new SE

We are very happy to welcome Ignacio Manuel Pérez-Ramos, Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNAS); Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), Seville, Spain, to our editorial board. Get to know him a bit better in the interview below, and do visit...

Beauty of collaborative experiments

I always am fascinated by the possibility of tweaking certain parameters and seeing their effects on a given process or a pattern. Experiments are usually my way of doing it. During my post-doc at iDiv, my office was next to a fungal ecologist-Ainhoa Martinez. We often...

Cover April

The photo on the April cover shows two black legged kittiwakes at nests on Puffin Island, one of the three study sites in the paper " Environmental heterogeneity amplifies behavioural response to a temporal cycle ". The paper studies the effect of a predictable...

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