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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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