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New SE - Silke Bauer

We are very happy to welcome Silke Bauer, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, to our Editorial Board. get to know her in the interview below and read more at her webpage: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/de/vogelwarte/ueber-uns/team/mitarbeitende/silke-bauer.html 1. What'...

Is there competition in initial ecosystem?

Self-assembly has always fascinated people. Ecologists were particularly interested in the emergence of ecological systems during primary succession. However, respective opportunities to trace initial community assembly are scarce and mainly restricted to faraway...

Will the Superplant evolve?

What would happen if a plant could produce billions of seeds capable of arriving, germinating and growing anywhere? Such plant would coat the face of the Earth, displacing every other plant species on the planet. From the assumptions of natural selection, we would even...

August cover

The photo on the August cover shows a polar bear that has just caught a bearded seal. The phot was taken by Wayne Lynch. The paper about the polar bears is "Multi-temporal factors influence predation for polar bears in a changing climate" by Nick Pilfold and coworkers.

July Cover

The photo on the cover on the July-issue shows various protists and relates to the paper "Dendritic network structure and dispersal affect temporal dynamics of diversity and species persistence" by Mathew Seymore et al. "Different species commonly used in protist...

June Cover

The photo at Oikos' June cover is taken by Bram Vanschoenwinkel, one of the authors to the paper "Hydrological stability drives both local and regional diversity patterns in rock pool metacommunities" in the same issue. Here he describes the photo and the study: The...

Can medium-term studies predict long-term patterns?

Long-term studies, either survey or experiments, have been identified as crucial tool of ecology since decades. However, and in particular in the case of experimental manipulations, they remain rarely reported in the literature and because their time scale is not...

What can nestedness metrics tell us about birds?

The prevalence of nestedness in ecological communities has been studied and debated for over twenty years. These studies have all dealt with the concept of compositional nestedness, i.e. the ordered composition of species assemblages. However, this traditional approach...

Cover May

The cover of Oikos' May Issue shows a "male Soay sheep in his full glory" and is taken by Tim Coulson. Together with Emily G. Simmonds, Tim has written one of the Editor's Choice papers in the May Issue " Analysis of phenotypic change in relation to climatic drivers in...

April Cover

The photo on the April cover was taken by Michael Singer, one of the authors to the paper: "The struggle for safety: effectiveness of caterpillar defenses against bird predation" by Lichter-Marck et al. "The photo was taken in the field. I came across the caterpillar...

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