Boundaries in the ocean and the cons on having a long larval life

Large scale pattern of coastal currents for the east coast of North America. Currents are represented as the annual average of current speed (m/s) in grids of 100km, the data was extracted from Lumpkin and Garrafo 2005...


An Adélie penguin look around for an easy access to the sea from Pétrels Island. Photo by Timothée Poupart. by Yan Ropert-Coudert Complete breeding failure of a large number of individuals is a rare event in Nature. So when the 34 000 Adélie penguins from the...

New studies on fairy circles need to account for new observations on their spatial patterns

The fairy circles of Namibia are currently subject to a lively debate on their origin, and they provide a textbook example of how progress is made in science. Hypotheses that were commonly accepted are challenged by a set of new observations that favor

Ranking the ecological causes of dispersal in a butterfly

Experimental evidence of the major role played by the degradation of environmental conditions in the initiation of dispersal

by Delphine Legrand and Michel Baguette


Dispersal is a key process in biology, from population and community...

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...


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