Insights into Oikos papers

Wasps learn to smell - and discriminate between - eaten or non eaten roots

Isn't it just amazing how well adapted the tiny parasitic wasps are? Parasitoids want to lay their eggs in good, yummy caterpillars. Yummy caterpillars are those feeding on high quality plants. Quality of plants is partly determined by if their roots have been eaten by...

What happens with coral reefs after anthropogenic disturbances?

What are the chances that the reefs recover? And how likely is it that they just turn into seeweed-dominated ecosystems instead? Important issues that Peter Mumby and his colleagues have studied and modelled in the new Early View paper "Evidence for and against the...

The Arctic tundra as a natural laboratory

In the new Early View paper "Predator-mediated interactions between preferred, alternative and incidental prey in the arctic tundra", Laura McKinnon and her colleagues used the Arctic Tundra in Canada as a natural laboratory to study predator-prey interactions. Here is...

Opossums' seed dispersing job

Seed diseprsal by animals is an important ecological service. How selective or general the animals are in their choice of fruits to eat might have a huge effect on dispersal of the plants. Read more in the new Early View paper "Individual variation in resource use by...

Winners in a changing world

Invasive species may actually increase resistance to climate changes. Celia Olabarria and co-workers studies this interaction in marine macroalgal assemblages. Now on early View: Response of macroalgal assemblages from rockpools to climate change: effects of persistent...

High-fat food makes females unattractive

Protein or fat in food - which is best? Well, if you're a female preying mantid, you should definitely go for the high-protein diet! Females on high-lipid diet attract much fewer males than females on high-protein diet. These results are presented in the new Early View...

Top of the pops

You can now find a list of the most cited Oikos papers 2011, that were published in 2009 and 2010, on our webpage. On top of the list, is "A consumer's guide to nestedness analysis" by Werner Ulrich, Mário Almeida-Neto and Nicholas J. Gotelli. Here is a short...

Seed size have demographic consequences

So those small small seeds produced by plants have actually big effects on plant demography. Read more in the Early View paper "Non-native conditions favor non-native populations of invasive plant: demographic consequences of seed size variation?" by José L. Hierro et...

Heavy work in community ecology

When I did an undergraduate project at Silwood Park, my supervisor, Hefin Jones used to say that ecological research is about 10 % inspiration and 90% transpiration. And this is exactly what Winfried Voigt report about in his story about his and his colleagues Early...

With inspiration from the past

Sometimes it's worth bringing good old science back into the light. Hideyuki Doi and Terutaka Mori were inspired by two papers from 1932 and 1953 about species abundance distirbution and brought them into modern days' science. Read the paper "The discovery of species–...

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