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New Subject Editor: Malin Pinsky

http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.eduI’m an Associate Professor at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. My research focuses on global change ecology and evolution in the ocean. I’m fascinated by the fact that the ocean contains 90% of the...

A parsimonious view of the parsimony principle in ecology and evolution

The curve-fitting problem. The choice of the most plausible hypothesis is based on an arbitrary balance between goodness-of-fit and simplicity criteria. The red curve is the simplest, indicating a linear relationship between the two variables, but also the worst-fit. The...

The seascape ecology of tropical islands: can we characterize and predict reef community patterns across scales?

Figure 1. The towed-diver survey method. Graphics credit: NOAA Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD).

By Gareth J. Williams, Eoghan A. Aston, Andrew J. Davies, Jamison M. Gove

Landscape ecological theory, applied to the marine realm, can...

recurse: an R package to analyze spatiotemporal patterns in revisitations from animal movement data

by Chloe Bracis

Animal movements are linked to both quotidian activities as well as larger questions of survival and reproduction. For example, one might think of an animal moving to locate food, or, on the other side of the coin, moving to avoid...

Space & Time matter: spatial ecology in non-euclidean spaces

By Luis Gimenez Noya

Patterns of distribution of organisms have been traditionally interpreted as resulting from the balance of reproduction and mortality. However, populations of many organisms occupy fragmented landscapes; for instance, animals...