Insights into Oikos papers

How robust are the patterns of density-dependence and sex-bias in dispersal?

Organisms disperse from one place to another for a variety of reasons, including search for food or mates and escape from stress. One of the factors that influence dispersal is population density. We investigated three issues on the effects of population density on...

Photosynthetic performance and species success

During ecological successions, the differences in physiological performances of co-occurring species contribute to trigger the changes in plant community composition: however, plant physiology and vegetation dynamics are rarely investigated together. A long term...

How environmental noise and harvest affect population synchrony....

We show proportional harvesting of species increases the spatial region undergoing simultaneous population depletion on the arrival of an unfavorable random environmental change. This increase in population spatial coherence may have important consequences for...

Can community diversity predict predator abundance?

Riparian habitats, which include streams and the surrounding land, are sites of material and energy exchange between land and water. Predators that use these areas, such as river otter and mink, rely on both systems for cover and prey (i.e., fish, crayfish, muskrat)...

Cover June

The cover for our June issue shows Grey reef sharks swim along the forereef at Palmyra Atoll. Blacktip reef sharks are rarely seen on these deeper forereef habitats, likely due to competitive interactions between the species. We thank Yannis Papastamatiou for the...

Spatial distribution - phylogeny or environment?

A number of studies has shown the individual influence of dispersal mechanism, species height, sexual system, and wood density on the spatial distribution pattern of tropical tree populations at small spatial scales (i.e. < 50 m). These traits are usually conserved...

Individuals differ: does it matter?

Today we are hapy to introduce a new guest post. It's one of our editors, Isabelle Smallegange that has written about her contribution to our Special Issue on Individual Hetergeneity. Link to her blog is here. Individuals, be they plants or animals, are rarely equal...

Special Issue on Individual heterogeneity

We are very proud to announce the publication of our Special Issue “Individual heterogeneity: the causes and the consequences of a fundamental biological process”. This Special Issue originated from a workshop we held at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø,...

When can plant populations be invaded by other species?

The world is experiencing increasing climatic variability, loss of biodiversity, and spread of invasive species. Together, these factors can have huge effects on the functioning of our ecosystems. But what makes ecological systems more resistant to biological invasions...

Editor's choice April

The first editor’s choice for the April issue is the meta-analysis by Frida Piper and colleagues . The authors present a global analysis on herbivory rates in understorey vegetation from forests. The rationale for the study comes from observations that herbivory in...

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