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New Subject Editor: Jean-Philippe Lessard

Jean-Philippe Lessard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Concordia Universoty in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 2010, J.-P. received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He then worked as...

Amphibians closer to the pole respond stronger to global warming

By Tobias Uller In a warmer world, spring will be earlier. The increase in temperature is not the same across the globe, however, and the highest rate of warming is found at high latitudes. It is therefore not very surprising that, in a meta-analysis of 59 studies from the northern hemisphere , we...

Webinar on niche modeling and the use of MaxEnt

By Professor Rob Anderson In this seminar, I will first provide an overview of my perception of the field of ecological niche modeling, within the larger arena of biodiversity informatics, and then provide worked examples with tropical mammals. In framing the field, I will point out key issues (...

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...