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Body size decline with climate warming? Maybe not in temperate songbirds...

By Nicolas Dubos

Recent observation of decreases in the body size of endothermic animals lead to the proposal that body size decline is the third universal response to climate warming (after distribution range and phenological shifts). However, the mechanisms...

HOW THE HABITAT OF POLAR BEARS IS CHANGING

Photo: Karen Lone, Norsk Polarinstitutt​

By Karen Lone, Benjamin Merkel, Christian Lydersen, Kit M. Kovacs, Jon Aars

Polar bears use sea ice as a primary hunting habitat. Climate change is causing major declines in this unique habitat...

Rodents overlap less in their body size distributions in more diverse communities--could this hold a clue to explaining diversity patterns?

Juvenile Microtus pennsylvanicus, North Dakota

By Quentin Read

Ecologists have collected reams of field data, involving much sweat and toil, to explain how competing species — those with similar diets or habitat preferences —...

Clustering or network methods? Comparing different methods for bioregionalisation

 

 

Figure 1. Example of co-occurrence network based on presence data. a) Co-occurrence network with locations (green filled circles) and taxa (blue filled circles) and b) Binary matrix of species co-occurrences.​

By Francisco...

Forecasting range shifts of a cold-adapted species under climate change: Are genomic and ecological diversity within species crucial for future resilience?

By Spyros Theodoridis

Cold-adapted taxa are experiencing severe range shifts due to climate change and are expected to suffer a significant reduction of their climatically suitable habitats in the next few decades. However, it has been proposed...

How should spatial or phylogenetic eigenvectors be selected? A ten-year review and computer simulation study

By David Bauman

In what context was our study undertaken? Eigenvector mapping techniques are widely used by ecologists and evolutionary biologists to describe and control for spatial and/or phylogenetic patterns in their data....

Plant-bird interactions respond stronger to fragmentation at high than at low elevations

At 1000 m a.s.l., a paradise tanager (Tangara chilensis) consumes fruits of Myrsine coriacea.

 

By Marta Quitián, Vinicio Santillán, Carlos Iván Espinosa, Jürgen Homeier, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Matthias Schleuning and...

Of Beta-diversity and its decrease with increasing elevation

Credits - Valerio Giacomini (1958) La Flora - Conosci L'italia, Touring Club Italiano. Milano 

By: Francesco Maria Sabatini

It's a fact. Biodiversity is not uniformly distributed over the Earth's surface. Some regions are lush with a rich...

Dispersal and alternative breeding site fidelity strategies in in the great crested newt

By: Mathieu Denoel

We aimed at examining whether distinct breeding site fidelity strategies may coexist at the intra-population level and how breeding resource characteristics and individual phenotype may affect these strategies in pond-breeding...

Climate change may drive cave spiders to extinction

By: Marco Isaia, Stefano Mammola and Sara Goodacre

Despite the impact of global climate change being documented on a broad
range of biotas, the effects of altered temperatures on biological
communities...

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