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Sexual size dimorphism in island plants

Variation in size between sexes is something that we associate mainly with animals. But what about plants? Do female plants have larger elves than males? Find out in the Early View paper in Oikos “Sexual size dimorphism in island plants: the niche variation hypothesis...

Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: what’s known and what’s next?

In our new paper “Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: what’s known and what’s next?” just published online early in Oikos, we synthesise our current understanding of the functional consequences of changes in species richness in the marine realm. For those...

Are mismatches the norm?

Conservation biologists and climate change researchers are worried by the observed phenological changes, that is, timing of biological events. These concerns are partly motivated by the expected species-specific and thus potentially non-parallell phenological shifts...

Elevation effects on body size

The higher up, the smaller the insects…or? Dispersing insects might be different. Read more in the Early View paper “Dispersal potential impacts size clines of grasshoppers across an elevation gradient” by Richard Levy and colleagues. Below is the author’s own summary...

Multifractals in intertidal biofilms

Ecologists strive to understand the causes of the observed variability in population abundance and distribution. 1/f noise models and multifractals provide complementary conceptual and analytical frameworks to characterise variability in temporal and spatial series of...

Editor's choice November

As announced in the August issue , Oikos is publishing meta-analyses at an increasing rate, and similar to the transformative capacity of the Forum section, a dedicated section associated with formalized, replicable systematic reviews and meta-analyses will also...

Everything is connected – in nature too

You might, sometimes, have heard the phrase ‘everything is connected’. Maybe you are thinking about computers and mobile phones, but in fact this statement is particularly true in nature. For instance, we know that species are not isolated entities, instead they are...

Marsupial browsing effects insect damages

Yes, made it through the wallaby attack!, No, no, no- no reason to celebrate for the Eucalyptus trees. Less marsupial browsing - opens up for more insects. Life is just not easy. Read more in the Early View paper "Direct and indirect effects of marsupial browsing on a...

The struggle for safety: caterpillar against birds

Aptly described by the naturalist Arthur-Miles Moss, the life of a caterpillar is a virtual struggle for safety from formidable predators, ruthless parasites, and fatal pathogens. To cope, caterpillars possess an array of anti-predator adaptations, or defenses, which...

Drought – increase or decrease in herbivore abundance?

Grasshoppers tend to increase in abundance during drought, no decree, or increase…Find out which and when in the Earl View Oikos paper “Water stress in grasslands: dynamic responses of plants and insect herbivores” by Paul A. Lenhart and co-workers. Below is their...

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