Insights into Oikos papers

Do branch and root of trees grow in harmony or independently?

Beautiful autumn forest in northern Japan with a variety of tree species. Study: "Synchronous and asynchronous root and shoot phenology in temperate woody seedlings" by Makoto et al. (2020) Bud burst, leafing, flowering, autumn coloring…. it is interesting to enjoy the...

MATCHING HABITAT CHOICE IS NOT COMMON, OR IS IT?

Written by: Carlos Camacho "Matching habitat choice: it's not for everyone" by Camacho & Hendry (2020) No one gets to decide where they are born, but if one is lucky, they can choose where to settle. Matching habitat choice offers individuals a means to escape...

Disentangling the divergence of morphology and life history

Stalactite blue hole from above; Photo credit: R Brian Langerhans. "Multiple traits and multifarious environments: integrated divergence of morphology and life history" (Riesch et al. 2019) Environments are complex, with a plethora of different abiotic and biotic...

The cryptic impacts of an ant invasion

Photo by: Francois Brassard Written by: Mark Wong "The cryptic impacts of invasion: functional homogenization of tropical ant communities by invasive fire ants" (Wong et al. 2019) Ecologists are increasingly appreciating the multifaceted nature of biodiversity, which...

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...

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...

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...

Do water plants clean up water?

Anyone who has had an aquarium or a garden pond is likely to be familiar with the concept of water plants (macrophytes) helping to keep the water clean. In freshwater lakes, macrophytes are doing exactly that. Recall the lakes that you may have visited—you might notice...

Citizen science shows how predation risk effects can reduce lifetime fitness

Simple observations can sometimes lead to unexpected scientific discoveries. In 1996, wildlife biologist and educator Dick Thiel was musing about the abundance of North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) near his home in central Wisconsin. That winter he started...

What happens in the ecosystem if an apex predator is removed?

Our study reports the results of the first broad-scale field study investigating the ecological role of Australia’s largest terrestrial predator, the dingo, in tropical savannah ecosystems. We did this by comparing the abundances of herbivores, an introduced...

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