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New Editor: Andrew MacDougall

Welcome to Oikos’ Editorial Board, Dr Andrew MacDougall, University of Guelph. Visit his webpage here. And read more about him below: 1. What’s you main research focus at the moment? How the co-varying influences of global environmental change transform fundamental...

Editor's Choice December

The last issue from 2014 is online. We selected the meta-analysis by Kulmatisk et al on the impact of soil foodwebs on plant growth and the forum on the relative importance of neutral stochasticity in community ecology b y Vellend et al. as editor’s choice. These two...

Welcome Sara Magalhaes New SE

Very welcome, Dr Sara Magalhaes, to the Oikos Editorial Board! Get to know Sara by visiting her webpage and read the mini-interview here: 1. What’s you main research focus at the moment? I work mainly with spider mites, which are herbivorous haplodiploid tiny spider-...

How plant genetic diversity affects herbivory

Human activities drastically reduce biodiversity at various taxonomic levels. While much of the current effort in research and biological conservation focuses on species diversity, the importance of intraspecific genetic diversity is sometimes overlooked. At the same...

Rodents and the yummy spines

Decades of ecological research have focused on interactions between herbivores and the chemical defenses of plants. However, far less is known about how effective physical defenses (spines, thorns, etc.) are against mammalian herbivores. It has been argued that co-...

How do different herbivores affect plant communities?

Walk through a grassland at the peak of summer and you will quickly become aware of how many grasshoppers inhabit the area. But what effect do these grasshoppers and other insect herbivores have on the plant community you are walking through? How does the effect of...

New SE: Leif Egil Loe

We welcome Professor Leif Egil Loe, Aas, Norway to the Oikos Editorial Board. Who is Leif Egil then? I asked some questions to get to know him better: 1. What's you main research focus at the moment? Most of what I am working on is related to ungulate ecology. I am...

Pesticide effect on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

Global biodiversity is constantly declining, and up-to-date research has shown that biodiversity loss affects the functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide to humans. Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relations have yet mainly been analyzed in...

Same looks, different behaviors

At first sight, these nematodes all look the same. Nevertheless, they each belong to a different species. Such cryptic species- species that morphologically look the same but show genetic divergence- are more different than we first might think. Previous research...

Predation and transmission of direct life-cycle parasites

Find out what role predation plays in the transfer of less complex parasites in the Early View paper "The underrated importance of predation in transmission ecology of direct lifecycle parasites" by Giovanni Strona. Below is his short summary of the study: Predation is...

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