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Apex predators on coral reefs

Apex predators are large carnivores that occupy the top trophic level of food webs. Globally, apex predators are assailed by disturbances such as persecution by humans. This is worrisome because changes in the density and distribution of apex predators can exert strong...

Metapopulation modeling of endangered rabbits

Can hard-to-detect individuals of an endangered and declining population allow for testing of some of the major tenets of metapopulation theory while contributing to conservation efforts? A new multi-season occupancy model combined with observations on the Lower Keys...

Meta-community structure in rodent parasites

What are the roles of host phylogeny, transmission variables, and host traits in molding parasite metacommunity structure? Find out in the new Early View paper “Relative importance of host environment, transmission potential and host phylogeny to the structure of...

Effects of small mammal outbreaks in Serengeti

After more than 50 years of research into the ecology of large herbivores and predators in the greater Serengeti ecosystem, you might think that we know almost everything there is to know about this tropical savanna ecosystem. But in our article, “ Episodic outbreaks...

Life hots up for long-tailed tits

The winner of the Global warming is – The long-talked tit! Read more in the Early View paper “Climate change and annual survival in a temperate passerine: partitioning seasonal effects and predicting future patterns” by Philippa Gullet and colleagues. Below is the...

Effect of coffee farming on soil biota

What happens in the soil when forests are replaced by monocultures? Find out in the Early View paper “ Habitat-specific positive and negative effects of soil biota on seedling growth in a fragmented tropical montane landscape” by Camila Pizano and co-workers. Below is...

Bigger fishes are more predictable

How accurate are different forecast models for predicting population dynamics? That, and how predictable various animals actually are, was tested in the study "Complexity is costly: a meta-analysis of parametric and non-parametric methods for short-term population...

Top-preadtor effects on variable environments

Thanks to giant water bugs’ ferocious feeding habits and their extreme natural environment, authors Kate S. Boersma and colleagues, now have a greater understanding of how biological communities may respond to predator extinctions under increasing global environmental...

Which fruit should I eat?

Which fruit should I eat? - A decision both migratory and resident birds have to make over and over each autumn. This decision - and the consequences of it is studied in the Early View paper " Consistency and reciprocity of indirect interactions between tree species...

Ecosystem engineering in food-webs

Ecosystem engineering, the physical modification of the environment by organisms, may well be the most common kind of non-trophic interaction - nearly as ubiquitous as eating and being eaten, and often as influential. Because species are affected by the physical...

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