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Predators effect on food webs - apart from the eating thing.

Animals must eat to survive, but they must also avoid being eaten by their predators. Unfortunately, the act of eating can make an individual vulnerable to predators, so animals often shift where, when, or how much they eat in order to remain safe. In their new paper “...

Editor's Choice March

Chris Lortie and I explain in an editorial how important and non-trivial synthesis is to advance the field of ecology. At Oikos, we see meta-analyse as important avenue to promote synthesis, together with novel, and often multidisciplinary approaches that integrate...

Getting along with conspecifics

Cover February

The cover photo of the February Issue shows The Clauge River in the Chaux's forest (Jura, France). The Clauge comprised several forested headwater streams that go dry for 1-5 months during the summer period. However, the river harbours rich aquatic invertebrate...

What causes underwater plant collapses?

Underwater plants play a keystone role in shallow aquatic ecosystems: they stabilize clear-water conditions with high biodiversity and their decline can cause a shift to a turbid state with phytoplankton dominance. Various mechanisms have been suggested triggering...

Is phenological asynchrony associated with climate?

Trophic levels and species within them usually respond differently to global warming (Walther et al. 2002, Thackeray et al. 2010). This can lead to disruptions of many ecological interactions and, thus, different ecological processes may be altered, for instance the...

The key to success - for aliens and native species

The question why some species are rare while others are common has puzzled ecologists since decades and it has not lost any of its relevance. Especially in times of globalization, species invasions are among the most pressing issues in ecology. More recently it has...

Disturbance effects on specialists and generalists

In nature, species differ by many characteristics, such as dispersal ability, competitiveness or fecundity, that can be associated one with another. In addition, species can display distinct levels of habitat specialisation. This means that some species (‘specialist...

Does functional diversity follow changes in communities?

Ecological studies based on time-series often investigate community changes centered on species abundance or biomass but rarely expose the consequential functional aspects underlying such changes. Various measures of functional diversity (FD) gained much attention in...

Common or rare - all about the soil?

The question why some species are rare while others are common has puzzled ecologists since decades and it has not lost any of its relevance. Especially in times of globalization, species invasions are among the most pressing issues in ecology. More recently it has...

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