Newly ice free areas in Antarctica and its consequences for coastal benthic ecosystems

Underwater pictures taken on the wall of the new island at Potter Cove. Both pictures were taken between 10 and 15 m depth where a high abundances of filters feeders such as ascidians and sponges were found. Note the aluminum ruler (10 cm long) that was attached to the...

Sleeping with the enemy: elephants alter rest behavior in risky areas

By Laura Keating and George Wittemyer

Sleep has been hypothesized to be fundamental to cognitive functioning, and extreme sleep deprivation can have lethal implications. In addition, sleep is one of the most susceptible times of day for an animal...

Making sense of of community phylogenetic metrics and null models

A rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) and a helmeted friarbird (Philemon buceroides) eye each other warily at a flowering Schefflera actinophylla in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. Photo by Bryan Suson....

Plant traffic along mountain roads

Gravel road through Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Andes


Editor's choice March 2017

By Jonas Lembrechts

Roads help us to get from point A to point B. They are extremely useful structures for doing exactly...

Regression commonality analyses on hierarchical genetic distances

By Jerome G. Prunier

Landscape genetics is emerging as an important way of supporting decision-making in landscape management, in response to the deterioration of matrix permeability due to habitat loss and fragmentation. In line with unremitting methodological...

Tropical frugivorous birds are both more specialized and generalized than temperate frugivorous birds

Frugivorous bird assemblages at high latitudes consist mainly of bird species with an omnivorous diet containing both fruits and a wide range of other food types. This is here exemplified with the North American Turdus migratorius eating both earthworms and fruits...

Comment on Haddad: experimental evidence does not support the habitat amount hypothesis?

RE: Haddad et al. 2017. Experimental evidence does not support the Habitat Amount Hypothesis. Ecography 40:48-55.

By Lenore Fahrig


In the Acknowledgements section of...

Climatic microrefugia under anthropogenic climate change: implications for species redistribution

Figure showing the spatial distribution of the maximum of canopy height (m) derived from airborne LiDAR data at 50 cm resolution across the forest of Compiègne in northern France. Copyright by Tarek Hattab (EDYSAN:

A scale of scavenging

Factors influencing the proportion of scavenging in a vertebrates’ diet. Each of the traits/ factors ranges from low on the left to high on the right. A high value for a given trait can either increase scavenging propensity (+ +) or reduce it (– –), the same is true for a...

The enigma of terrestrial primary productivity

Ecosystem productivity is extremely sensitive to small-scale variability of water and nutrient availability. Spatial variation in savanna vegetation in Okavango delta, Botswana. Photo credit: Petr Pokorny.

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