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Latitudinal variation in resistance and tolerance to herbivory of a salt marsh shrub

By Steve Pennings and Kazimierz Więski. A new study by Kazimierz Więski and Steven Pennings contributes to the biogeography of plant antiherbivore strategies. Plants can resist herbivore's attack by deploying constitutive defenses, expressed permanently throughout the plant’s life, and induced,...

A good hypothesis is a matter of scale

Old-growth longleaf pine vegetation in the Croatan National Forest, North Carolina. Photograph by Kyle Palmquist. By Jes Coyle. Read full study here . Graduate students at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill used data from over 52 000 forested locations in the eastern USA to show...

The diversity and phylogenetic community structure of ants along a Costa Rican elevational gradient

M. Alex Smith ( salex [at] uoguelph [dot] ca ; and on Twitter: @Alex_Smith_Ants) [note – each photo legend below has a link to the full size image on Picasa included as a comment] We’re very happy that our paper on the phylogenetic diversity and community structure of ants along an elevational...

An island on a former island on a former island: a biogeographer’s paradise

Blog post by Robert P. Anderson , Robert A. Boria, and Eliécer E. Gutiérrez A fascinating system A tiny habitat island, on a former island connected only by a spit of sand to the mainland, which itself was once an enormous island: what better place to study evolutionary ecology and biogeography?...

Integrating phylogenetic community structure with species distribution models

Blog post by Oluwatobi A. Oke, Stephen B. Heard and Jeremy T. Lundholm Our paper combines approaches from phylogenetic community ecology and species distribution modeling to understand the assembly of plant communities on rock barrens. It was enormous fun to be involved with this work, in part...