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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....

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...

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...

Have behavioural ecologists given up on the search for the fundamental niche?

Have behavioural ecologists given up on the search for the fundamental niche?

by Manuela Panzacchi

No, not at all. Although, strictly speaking, fundamental niches are inestimable theoretical constructs, they are too important to be forgotten....

What drives plant richness and endemicity in east Asian islands?

 

The role of climate and geohistorical factors in driving plant richness patterns and endemicity on the East Asian continental islands

Written by: Kubota Yasuhiro (Associate Professor), Shiono Takayuki (Postdoctoral Fellow), Kusumoto Buntarou (...

Tree cover and shade tolerance shape plant species distributions

Shade understory and light penetrating through the tree canopy. Photo by Diego Nieto Lugilde.

By Diego Nieto-Lugilde, Jonathan Lenoir and...

Interspecific variation in damselfly–water mite associations


Enallagma ebrium with Arrenurus water mites

 

Phenology and regional occurrence explain interspecific variation in damselfly-water mite associations

by Julia J. Mlynarek

 

When near a water body it is...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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)

 

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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...

Integrating phylogenetic community structure with species distribution models

Blog post by Oluwatobi A.  Oke, Stephen B.  Heard and Jeremy T. Lundholm

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Richness – heterogeneity relationships: positive, unimodal, both, or neither?

A Black-throated Green Warbler, one of the bird species found in the study area.

 

Avi Bar-Massada and Eric M. Wood

One of the most common notions in ecology is that species richness has a positive relationship with habitat...

Seasonal cycles of diversity and similarity in a Central American rainforest butterfly community

V. Grøtan, R. Lande, I. A. Chacon and P. J. DeVries

Lowland tropical rainforests harbor the greatest insect diversity on earth, and ecologists have repeatedly shown that wet and dry seasons are correlated with insect abundances. Despite its importance for understanding...

Koalas need to balance their requirements for food and shade

You would think that once a koala found a good tree for feeding, they would stay put. This is not the case according to...

A serious miscalculation on Ecuadorean swamps

Nigel Pitman

Collecting plant specimens in a swamp of Yasuní National Park with a Huaorani friend, 1998. Photo by Tomás Delinks.

 

The...

Blog by March cover author Williams and Stuart-Smith

Making good conservation decisions with limited data: improvements to simple range maps for biodiversity conservation planning

Rob Williams, University of St...

Energetic costs as potential drivers of cetacean habitats in the southwest Indian Ocean

Cetaceans are large vertebrates which occupy the highest trophic levels of pelagic food webs. At the individual scale, it has been shown that cetaceans select their food on the basis of their energetic costs. Cetaceans with the highest energetic costs select the highest...

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