Insights into Oikos papers

Fruit-frugivore interactions not that simple after all...

Now online: Perea et al. " Context-dependent fruit-frugivore interactions: partner identities and spatio-temporal variations" Here Ramon Perea summarizes the study: Plants are able to use animals as vectors for the dispersal of their seeds. Many fleshy fruits...

Evolution in cave amphipods

First author Cene Fiser gives a short version of their paper " Coevolution of life history traits and morphology in female subterranean amphipods ". Fine-tuning evolution often requires compromises. Maximizing female’s fitness by optimization egg number and egg size to...

Double trouble in paradise

In the study "Density- and trait-mediated top–down effects modify bottom–up control of a highly endemic tropical aquatic food web" Christopher Dalton and co-workers have looked at bottom-up and top-down effects in anchialine ponds on Hawaii. Here's Chrsitopher's own...

Understanding fox demography

One of the new papers online in Oikos is about the importance of full understanding of demography of wild populations for management programs. One of the authors, Eleanor Devenish-Nelson gives us here the background to the study " Demography of a carnivore, the red fox...

Hello - are you out there? On detectability and abundance

In the new Early View paper " The influence of abundance on detectability" McCarthy and co-workers explore the relationship between actually being detected and being there. Here is Michael McCarthy's own story on the study, the paper and the results: How hard do we...

It's raining again...

Nothing can spoil a vacation as efficiently as a rainfall. And nothing affects a farmer's mood as rain- it's presence or it's abscence. Too much or too litte. Always an issue worth of debating. In one of the latest Early View papers in Oikos, "Seasonal, not annual...

Cool forthcoming Oikos papers

Some forthcoming (in press) Oikos papers that caught my eye. Lots of good stuff in the pipeline!* Nadeem and Lele introduce a new maximum likelihood-based method of population viability analysis (PVA) and test it on song sparrow time series data. The new method, called...

Canada vs the USA: is there an 'optimal' funding level for ecologists?

Context My colleagues and I worked on the top 1% of ecologists project for a long time. There was significant discussion of both the interpretation itself and the implications. We also discussed conducting a social survey of the NSERC Discovery Grant holders similar to...

Provocative new Oikos paper: should we reallocate funding away from the ecological 1%? (UPDATED)

My fellow Oikos editor and blogger Chris Lortie has a strong interest in scientific publication practices (see, e.g., here ). His latest effort, now in press at Oikos, examines patterns of funding and impact among the ecological 1%: the most-cited 1% of ecologists over...

Cool new Oikos papers

Some forthcoming Oikos papers that caught my eye: Tuomisto (in press) is a "consumer's guide" to evenness indices, showing how they are mathematically related to one another, and to partitionings of diversity into alpha and beta components. The take home message is the...

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