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Cover February

The cover for our February Issue shows "The butterfly Charaxes jasius, recolonizing a burn area 10 days after a high intensity wildfire (Òdena fire, Barcelona, NE Spain; August 2015); photo: JG Pausas. The photo is from the paper Generalized fire response strategies in...

Small text, big returns

Our Oikos way to increase healthy debate and speculation in ecology Speculation in scientific articles is frequently discouraged, even though it can lead to new hypotheses and debate. Too often, as well, co-authors seek a consensus or commonality regarding the...

Cover January

The cover on our January Issue shows a moose (Alces alces) drinking in the boreal forest of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada. When large terrestrial herbivores like moose are abundant, their browsing in terrestrial ecosystems can have cross-...

December cover

The photo on our December cover shows a Laughing falcon, Herpetotheres cachinnans , scoring a human-dominated landscape at Costa Rica. Photo: Daniel Karp The paper "Do correlated responses to multiple environmental changes exacerbate or mitigate species loss?" is...

November cover

The photo on the November cover shows a Bombus appositus legitimately visiting a Corydalis caseana flower on an inflorescence bearing both robbed and unrobbed flowers. This interaction is studied in the paper Why are some plant–nectar robber interactions commensalisms...

Editor's choice November

We chose the article of Ellen van Velzen and colleagues as the editor’s choice for November. The authors present a model that challenges the paradigm and common view that plastic inducible defences stabilise predator-prey dynamics. The reason for this contrasting...

Cover October

The cover of our October Issue is a photograph of an armadillo lizard ( Ouroborus cataphractus ) showing it's heavy armour and defensive tail-biting behaviour. Body armour not only evolved to thwart predators, but also appears to be driven by climate, more specifically...

Cover September

The photo on our September cover shows a dung beetle on a boletus mushroom and comes from the paper "Down‐sizing of dung beetle assemblages over the last 53 000 years is consistent with a dominant effect of megafauna losses" by Andreas H. Schweiger and Jens-Christian...

When the big partner disappears – ecological consequences of megafauna loss for dung beetles

Dung beetles – tireless workers behind the scenes Dung beetles keep our ecosystems running by processing the left-overs of bigger animals. Services of high ecological and economic importance such as nutrient cycling and soil fertilization, bioturbation and aeration as...

Don't forget the kids - in ecological networks

As every child knows, plants grow from seeds and became adult through their lifetime. But when studying at ecological networks involving plants, we ecologists often look only at adult plants, hence overlooking a fundamental aspect of plants life such as seeds. We...

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