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Ongoing plant invasion: increasing dispersal ability during range expansion

Invasive populations within the invaded range are often regarded as a homogeneous group in the studies of invasive plants. However, since invasive plants can evolve very rapidly and there may be lots of differences between old and young invasive populations, the...

Ecology might not be so complicated after all

Ecosystem-shaping interactions between consumers and plants are notoriously variable. Indeed, even within a single system (and a single pair of interacting species) enormous variability can be seen -- the same consumer might increase plant biomass at one place and time...

To the North – habitat selection of geese during their spring migration to the high Arctic

Understanding the distribution of species over space and time is an important aspect of ecological research and has great value for wildlife and land management. How animals choose foraging sites is typically influenced by a variety of environmental conditions...

Editor's Choice February

The editor’s choice papers are for February are two meta-analyses: Bracken and colleagues studied signatures of nutrient limitation in primary producers ; Jauni et al. how non-native plant species benefit from disturbance . Matthew Bracken and colleagues collected data...

Phenotypic effects of climate change

Understanding how changes in the climate affect biological communities is essential in predicting the future size and composition of populations. However, accurate predictions pose a difficult challenge for researchers. For the majority of animal species it is not...

Synthesising: Population genetics and tropical ecology

This is our first collaboration study between a population geneticist, Hideki Innan, and a field-based tropical ecologist, me, Yayoi Takeuchi. I have been long wondering why Hubbell’s neutral model fitted so well to tropical forest communities because my impression of...

Invaders in plant-pollinator communities

The introduction of a new species to an ecological community can initiate a chain of events that results in a significant change to the community’s composition. For instance, the introduction of a pollinator species can facilitate the colonization of new plants that...

To live longer - choose the right place to live?

Despite the increasing use of Species Distribution Models (SDM) for predicting current or future animal distribution, only a few studies have linked the gradient of habitat suitability to demographic parameters. Species Distribution Models are a niche modelling...

Frugivores and seed dispersal

Everyone who likes to spend some time in nature, or who has trees at home, knows that several animals love to feed on fruits. Figs, tomatoes, peppers, guavas, mangos, bananas, and many other delicacies are harvested by frugivores that range from tiny bats to huge...

Herbivore response to global warming

Experimental warming is an effective approach to determine the effect of increasing temperature on ecological processes, with few confounding factors (e.g., other variables that covary spatially and temporally with temperature). Therefore, a number of field experiments...

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