Editor news: summer 2022

This summer, we’re pleased to welcome both a new Associate Editor, Kate Pereira Maia, and a new Research Highlights Editor in Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal. Get to know them here. Research Highlights Editor: Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal Grupo de Ecologia de Invasiones, INIBIOMA – CONICET – Universidad del Comahue, Patagonia, Argentina. Mariano is a community ecologist with broad interests in the factors that generate, maintain and threaten … Continue reading Editor news: summer 2022

How do mesocarnivores interact in an urban environment? And how did the SARS-CoV-2 lockdown affect it?

This blog post is provided by Julie Louvrier (Twitter: @LouvrierJulie) and tells the #StoryBehindThePaper for the paper “Spatiotemporal interactions of a novel mesocarnivore community in an urban environment before and during SARS-CoV-2 lockdown”, which was recently published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. Cities represent a novel environment for wildlife species: human activities and disturbance happen during the day; a high density of buildings and … Continue reading How do mesocarnivores interact in an urban environment? And how did the SARS-CoV-2 lockdown affect it?

Can a generalist parasitoid act like Paine’s starfish?

This blog post is provided by Jinlin Chen and Chris Terry and tells the #StoryBehindThePaper for the paper ‘Natural enemies have inconsistent impacts on the coexistence of competing species’, which was recently published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. A forgotten fruit in the kitchen will pretty quickly attract your attention by recruiting a swarm of fruit flies lingering around. Similar sights can be seen in … Continue reading Can a generalist parasitoid act like Paine’s starfish?

Skiing after Darwin wasps

This blog post is provided by Tuomas Kankaanpää and tells the #StoryBehindThePaper for the article “Microclimate structures communities, predation and herbivory in the High Arctic“, which was recently published in Journal of Animal Ecology. While we can predict the physical nature of climate change with high accuracy, our understanding of how it will affect complex biological systems is still unarguably poor. In my PhD thesis, I, Tuomas Kankaanpää, set … Continue reading Skiing after Darwin wasps

Indirect interactions through shared predation can drive food-web responses to environmental change: lessons learnt from a lake mesocosm experiment

This blog post is provided by Fernando Chaguaceda and tells the #StoryBehindThePaper for the article “Short-term apparent mutualism drives responses of aquatic prey to increasing productivity“, which was recently published in Journal of Animal Ecology. Mobile generalist predators that feed on more than one prey are common in nature, from the majestic whales that spread their feeding habitats from pole to pole to small animals … Continue reading Indirect interactions through shared predation can drive food-web responses to environmental change: lessons learnt from a lake mesocosm experiment

Is beta-diversity the elephant in the room?

Do you understand beta-diversity? If not, you are likely not alone. Here to explain this under-appreciated concept is Dr Ollie Wearn, an AXA Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, London. He is interested in a broad-range of topics, including land-use change, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity monitoring and practically anything involving camera-trapping and-or mammals. There’s a problem in land-use change research, and we’re not talking about … Continue reading Is beta-diversity the elephant in the room?

Disease Ecology: The Lion’s Share

For the 2017 Elton Prize, the Editors selected one winning paper and two highly-commended papers. Last month we featured a blog post about prize winner Natalie Clay, and now we are proud to feature a post by highly-commended author Nick Fountain-Jones. Nick is a postdoc with the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Read on to hear the #StoryBehindThePaper Understanding disease transmission … Continue reading Disease Ecology: The Lion’s Share

Volume 86:4 slideshow

Issue 86:4 is now out. The In Focus in this issue is by Jonathan De Long and looks at the paper by Yuanhu Shao on “Nitrogen deposition cancels out exotic earthworm effects on plant‐feeding nematode communities”. We also an review paper by Remington J. Moll which features on the cover titled “The many faces of fear: a synthesis of the methodological variation in characterizing predation … Continue reading Volume 86:4 slideshow

Volume 86:3 slideshow

Issue 86:3 is now out. The In Focus in this issue is by Damien Farine and looks at the paper by Andrea Springer on “Dynamic vs. static social networks in models of parasite transmission: predicting Cryptosporidium spread in wild lemurs”. We also have papers on community ecology, trophic interactions, behavioural ecology, population ecology, spatial ecology and demography. As always to make the most of all … Continue reading Volume 86:3 slideshow