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New studies on fairy circles need to account for new observations on their spatial patterns

by Stephan Getzin and Thorsten Wiegand The fairy circles of Namibia are currently subject to a lively debate on their origin, and they provide a textbook example of how progress is made in science. Hypotheses that were commonly accepted are challenged by a set of new observations that favor...

Ranking the ecological causes of dispersal in a butterfly

Experimental evidence of the major role played by the degradation of environmental conditions in the initiation of dispersal by Delphine Legrand and Michel Baguette Dispersal is a key process in biology, from population and community regulation, through adaptation, to speciation. Among major...

Can better conference location planning reduce science’s carbon footprint?

The 2014 International Biogeography Meeting in Miami, FL, attracted 409 attendees from > 40 countries. Photo: K. J. Feeley. Responsible academia: Optimizing conference location to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Written by J.T. Stroud and K.J. Feeley One of the most important aspects of science...

Poor dispersal destines many grassland species to dark diversity

Hyper-diverse ecosystems can be even richer: poor dispersal destines many grassland species to dark diversity When counting plant species within a few square meters, northern European grasslands are among the most species-rich communities in the world. An international team of ecologists examined...

Butterfly dispersal across Amazonia and its implication for biogeography

Marking an individual Morpho achilles (Nymphalidae, Morphini) in Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Photo by P. J. DeVries. By Carla Penz, Phil DeVries, Jarle Tufto and Russ Lande Spatial movement plays a fundamental role in ecological and evolutionary processes as it promotes range expansion and...