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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...

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...

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