Upcoming: BES Macroecology Conference 2018

The annual BES Macroecology conference is drawing close. Faith Jones, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews and member of the conference organising committee, tells us what we can look forward to at this year’s event. The annual BES Macroecology conference will soon be upon us. This year BES Macro takes place on the 10th and 11th of July, directly after the inaugural … Continue reading Upcoming: BES Macroecology Conference 2018

Evolution of dance and color in the birds of paradise

In this post, we take a behind-the-scenes look at a recent study into the drivers of complexity in bird of paradise displays. Meredith Miles, a PhD student in Dr Matthew Fuxjager’s lab at Wake Forest University, takes an integrative approach into behavioural ecology. This involves studying the molecular and physiological mechanisms that underlie display performance all the way up to the diversity of macroevolutionary pattern … Continue reading Evolution of dance and color in the birds of paradise

Global demography in the animal kingdom

Today the paper that introduces the COMADRE Animal Matrix Database was published in Journal of Animal Ecology (Salguero-Gómez et al. 2016). This is an international effort in collaboration with ca. 10 other institutions. Our main goal was to replicate the impact that its sister database, the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database (Salguero-Gómez et al. 2015) has had for plant ecology and evolution, but in the rich animal kingdom. Open access to the database itself can be gained from the COMADRE website.

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