Insights into Oikos papers

Exploitation-interference link

How interference competition affect population dynamics is explored in the new Early View paper in Oikos "Linked exploitation and interference competition drives the variable behavior of a classic predator–prey system" by John P. DeLong and David Vasseur. Here's John's...

Can native species be invasive?

What should be included in the term "Invasive species"? In the new Early View Forum paper "Another call for the end of invasion biology", Loic Valery discusses the issue. Here is a short summary of the paper: The bulk of the literature devoted to biological invasions...

Even the small ones are important!

Size is not all! Even small herbivores have effect on plant community, as shown in Salvador Rebollo and co-workers new Early View paper shows: "Disproportionate effects of non-colonial small herbivores on structure and diversity of grassland dominated by large...

Habitat complexity, preys and predators

In the new Early View paper "Trait-mediated indirect interactions in a marine intertidal system as quantified by functional responses" , Mhairi E. Alexander and co-workers, have studied how factors as habitat compelxity affect predators and how the predators effect...

Top of the pops

One of the most cited papers in Oikos, during 2011 (published 2009 and 2010) is "Life history tradeoffs influence mortality associated with the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis" Trenton W.J. Garner and co-workers. Here, Trent gives a short summary...

How to find a mate? The virtues of imperfectness in a complex world

Read about butterflies finding romance in the mountains in the new Early View paper "Simple rules for complex landscapes: the case of hilltopping movements and topography" by Guy Peer and colleagues. here's Guy's summary of the paper: Mating on a hilltop You are lost...

The zombie killing spree continues

Look up, zombies are all around us nowadays! Even within science! In the Early View paper " A critical analysis of the ubiquity of linear local–regional richness relationships ", Thiago Goncales-Souza and colleagues goes on a zombie-killing adventure. Here is there...

Same, same but oh so different.

They look the same, but perform so differently. And act differently against each other. Cryptic amphipods are dealt with in the Early View paper " Phenotypically similar but ecologically distinct: differences in competitive ability and predation risk among amphipods "...

When plants help other plants...

Nice to see that nature provides other kinds of interactions than nasty predation, competetion and parasitism! Christian Schöb and coworkers have studied the importance of "nursing" plants - plants that fascilitate for other plants - in community ecology. Read their...

Large-scale testing of Bergman's rule

The colder, the bigger, suggested Bergman in 1848. In 2013 we publish a paper testing Bergman's rule on a large data set. Showing...well find out in "Bergmann′s rule in mammals: a cross-species interspecific pattern" by Marcus Clauss and his co-workers. Below is their...

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