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Defaunation and fragmentation erode small mammal diversity dimensions in tropical forests

Figure 1: Best-fitting structural equation model (full direct + indirect model). Positive and negative pathways are indicated by black and gray lines, respectively. Arrow thickness is scaled to illustrate the relative strength of effects and significant coefficients are...

Determinants of reef fish assemblages in tropical Oceanic islands

Oceanic islands. A. St Paul and St Peter, Brazil, photo: Lucas Nunes, B. Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, photo: Juan J. Alvarado, C. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, photo: Sergio R. Floeter, D. Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, João P. Krajewski, E. St Paul and St Peter, Brazil, photo:...

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...