Insights into Oikos papers

Winter is coming! How do plants react?

How do plants react to seasonal extremes? Find out more in the new Early View paper " Leaf and stem physiological responses to summer and winter extremes of woody species across temperate ecosystems " by Elena Granda and co-workers. Read Elena's summary of the study...

How common is bird-pollination in Europe?

Bird pollination in Europe? Really? Well, find out in the Early View paper " Flower visitation by birds in Europe" by Luis P da Silva and co-workers. Below is Luis summary of the paper: Birds are among the most studied animal groups and are most likely the one that...

Who eats the sea-urchin?

Different factors that effect predation in marine habitats are explored in the Early View paper "Differences in predator composition alter the direction of structure-mediated predation risk in macrophyte communities" by Simone Farina and co-worker's. Below is Simone's...

How does the habitat effect body size?

By comparing fish communities with bird communities Kirsten Nash an co-workers assess the appropriateness of different size distribution indices used in a variety of studies. The analyses resulted in the Oikos Early View paper “ Habitat structure and body size...

Mixture models instead of bimodality?

Bimodality – the characteristic of a continuous variable having two distinct modes – is of widespread interest in data analysis. This is because, in some cases, we can use the presence or absence of bimodality to infer something about the underlying processes...

Linking theory with empirical studies of competition

"Nature is much more complicated" than predicted in theoretical models. In the Early View Paper "Matrix models for quantifying competitive intransitivity from species abundance data" , Werner Ulrich and colleagues try to fill a gap between models and mother nature when...

Fever, starvation or being eaten?

Talk about choosing between pest and cholera! A bird on migration, has a tough job, and with a virus infection in the body, the job is even worse! In the early View paper “A tradeoff between perceived predation risk and energy conservation revealed by an immune...

Dispersal and endoparasites in roe deer

Natal dispersal is a complex process but what could be the role of endo-intestinal parasites in dispersal propensity, distance and date of departure? In our article “Parasite abundance contributes to condition-dependent dispersal in a wild population of large herbivore...

Geographic variation in bird survival

How life-history traits vary across longitude is studied in birds in the Amazonas in the Early View article “Variation in tropical bird survival across longitudes and guilds: a case study of the Amazone” by Jared D Wolfe and co-workers. Below is Jared’s summary of the...

Herbivory, competition and global warming

How altered temperature might affect competition and herbivory in plant communities is studied in the early View paper " Concurrent biotic interactions influence plant performance at their altitudinal distribution margins " by Elina Kaarlejärvi and Johan Olsson. below...

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