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Cover October

The cover of our October Issue is a photograph of an armadillo lizard ( Ouroborus cataphractus ) showing it's heavy armour and defensive tail-biting behaviour. Body armour not only evolved to thwart predators, but also appears to be driven by climate, more specifically...

Cover September

The photo on our September cover shows a dung beetle on a boletus mushroom and comes from the paper "Down‐sizing of dung beetle assemblages over the last 53 000 years is consistent with a dominant effect of megafauna losses" by Andreas H. Schweiger and Jens-Christian...

When the big partner disappears – ecological consequences of megafauna loss for dung beetles

Dung beetles – tireless workers behind the scenes Dung beetles keep our ecosystems running by processing the left-overs of bigger animals. Services of high ecological and economic importance such as nutrient cycling and soil fertilization, bioturbation and aeration as...

Don't forget the kids - in ecological networks

As every child knows, plants grow from seeds and became adult through their lifetime. But when studying at ecological networks involving plants, we ecologists often look only at adult plants, hence overlooking a fundamental aspect of plants life such as seeds. We...

Cover June

The cover for our June issue shows Grey reef sharks swim along the forereef at Palmyra Atoll. Blacktip reef sharks are rarely seen on these deeper forereef habitats, likely due to competitive interactions between the species. We thank Yannis Papastamatiou for the...

Spatial distribution - phylogeny or environment?

A number of studies has shown the individual influence of dispersal mechanism, species height, sexual system, and wood density on the spatial distribution pattern of tropical tree populations at small spatial scales (i.e. < 50 m). These traits are usually conserved...

Are high-arctic plant-pollinator networks unraveling in a warming climate?

Flung into the high North is the Zackenberg Research Station (see our recent photo story in Biosphere magazine). We may think of the Arctic as a barren place supporting few species, but previous work at Zackenberg has shown that many plants, arthropods, mammals, and...

Individuals differ: does it matter?

Today we are hapy to introduce a new guest post. It's one of our editors, Isabelle Smallegange that has written about her contribution to our Special Issue on Individual Hetergeneity. Link to her blog is here. Individuals, be they plants or animals, are rarely equal...

April Cover

The beautiful illustarion on the cover for the April Issue was created by former student Patrick Beh and captures the most common zooplankton genera found while re-sampling aquatic communities from Canadian lakes in the paper “Geographic signatures in species turnover...

Closing the gender gap in science - Guest post

We are happy to present to you our first guest blog post, by Sam Perrin and Kate Layton-Matthew, Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics​/Museum of Natural History, NTNU, Norway, who made an interview with 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science award-winner Amy Austin,...

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