Insights into Oikos papers

Climate effects on plant chemistry

Lots of traits are climate dependent! In the Early View paper in Oikos "Genetically based latitudinal variation in Artemisia californica secondary chemistry" by Jessica Pratt and co-workers, terpenes are studied under different climatic situations. Below is a summary...

Severe geographic bias in pollination studies

The majority of pollination studies are performed in five countries, non of which in Africa. How does this bias affect application of the research in various geographic regions? Find out in the Forum paper in the April Issue of Oikos " Economic and ecological...

Bob Holt - prize winner 2014

Last week, the annual Oikos meeting was held in Stockholm. This year as a Nordic event, with speakers from both Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The big happening was of course, that Prof. Bob Holt was awarded the Per Brink award. Bob gave a fantastic talk...

Monsterciliates as pac-man predators

A sheep increasing 4 times in size, starting to eat competing rabbits! Wow, that would be something! And it's almost true, at least in the ciliate world! Find out more in the new Early View paper "Trait-mediated apparent competition in an intraguild predator–prey...

Frugivore bird response to habitat loss and plant invasions

In subtropical and tropical forests up to 90% of woody plant species depend on fruit eating animals for the dispersal of their seeds. Birds are the most diverse and abundant animal group that acts as seed dispersers. Yet, many birds are threatened by the ongoing...

Top-cited Oikospaper

Congratulations, Jeff Ollerton, Rachael Winfree and Sam Tarrant for passing 100 citations for their paper "How many flowering plants are pollinated by animals?" , published in Oikos in March 2011. But Jeff, how did you come up with the idea for the paper? The idea for...

Diversity, diggers, and disease: nutrient balance and ecosystem function in grasslands

How herbivores and nutrient interact in grassland communities is studied in the early View paper "Multiple nutrients and herbivores interact to govern diversity, productivity, composition, and infection in a successional grassland" by Elizabeth T. Borer and co-workers...

Editor's Choice November: Indirect interactions

Indirect interactions are one of my current favorite topics. So fascinating, so elusive, simple in theory, but easily construed. This was the second editor's choice for November: Alexander, M. E., Dick, J. T. A. and O’Connor, N. E. 2013. Trait-mediated indirect...

Editor's choice November: Dispersal and climate change.

Will climate change ever have positive impacts :) In many respects, climate change and invasive species both challenge our notions of community assembly and the relative importance of various drivers in structuring both populations and communities. For the first editor...

Measuring the strength of trade-offs

A new method to measure the strength of trade-offs is presented and tested in the Early View paper "A standardized approach to estimate life history tradeoffs in evolutionary ecology" by Sandra Hamel and co-workers. Here's Sandra's summary of the paper: A major goal of...

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