Ecology

Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Tradeoffs explain scaling, sex differences, and seasonal oscillations in the remarkable weapons of snapping shrimp (Alpheus spp.)

    Jason P Dinh, SN Patek
    Observational field analyses demonstrate that within a species, variation in animal weapon size corresponds to individual differences in the costs and benefits of weaponry.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Thermal phenotypic plasticity of pre- and post-copulatory male harm buffers sexual conflict in wild Drosophila melanogaster

    Claudia Londoño-Nieto, Roberto García-Roa ... Pau Carazo
    Natural temperature variation across an optimal reproductive range for wild flies (Drosophila melanogaster) modulates the impact of sexual conflict on female fitness via asymmetric effects on pre- and post-copulatory male harm mechanisms.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Sensory conflict disrupts circadian rhythms in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

    Cory A Berger, Ann M Tarrant
    Misalignment between light and temperature cycles leads to disrupted circadian behavior and a substantially altered rhythmic transcriptome.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    A toxin-mediated policing system in Bacillus optimizes division of labor via penalizing cheater-like nonproducers

    Rong Huang, Jiahui Shao ... Ruifu Zhang
    A policing system in Bacillus velezensis coordinated extracellular matrix production and autotoxin synthesis/self-immunity to penalize cheater-like nonproducers in biofilm community, which enhances the population stability and ecological fitness under stress conditions and in the rhizosphere.
    1. Ecology

    Larger but younger fish when growth outpaces mortality in heated ecosystem

    Max Lindmark, Malin Karlsson, Anna Gårdmark
    Elevated growth rates and increased size-at-age leads to a larger population size structure, despite higher mortality and a younger population after three decades of exposure to 5–10°C higher temperatures in a large-scale natural climate change experiment.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Universal gut microbial relationships in the gut microbiome of wild baboons

    Kimberly E Roche, Johannes R Bjork ... Elizabeth A Archie
    1. Ecology

    Higher social tolerance is associated with more complex facial behavior in macaques

    Alan V. Rincon, Bridget M. Waller ... Jérôme Micheletta
    1. Ecology

    Detecting and validating influential organisms for rice growth: An ecological network approach

    Masayuki Ushio, Hiroki Saito ... Atsushi J. Nagano
    1. Ecology

    Social learning mechanisms shape transmission pathways through replicate local social networks of wild birds

    Kristina B Beck, Ben C Sheldon, Josh A Firth
    Social connectivity increases an individual’s likelihood of behavioural adoption if the learning rule depends on the extent of social connections to informed others, but is unrelated when learning depends on the ratio of connections to informed versus uninformed others.

Highlights

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Plant Biology: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The natural history of the house sparrow

    Haley E Hanson, Noreen S Mathews ... Lynn B Martin

Senior editors

  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Christian Rutz
    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  3. Meredith C Schuman
    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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