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    1. Ecology

    Biophysical and physiological processes causing oxygen loss from coral reefs

    Cynthia B Silveira et al.
    Coral reef heterotrophic bacteria and fleshy macroalgae cause oxygen loss from reef systems through microbial biomass accumulation and ebullition from algae surfaces.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Optimal searching behaviour generated intrinsically by the central pattern generator for locomotion

    David W Sims et al.
    The nervous system circuitry that controls locomotion has evolved to intrinsically generate an optimal search pattern for resources.
    1. Ecology

    Multistability and regime shifts in microbial communities explained by competition for essential nutrients

    Veronika Dubinkina et al.
    Multistability and regime shifts are common and species diversity is high in microbial communities when nutrient supplies are balanced and competing species have different stoichiometries of essential nutrients.
    1. Ecology

    Linking spatial patterns of terrestrial herbivore community structure to trophic interactions

    Jakub Witold Bubnicki et al.
    The spatial interactions between humans, large carnivores and herbivores cascade down in a complex but predictable way to lower trophic levels affecting regeneration of tree species in a temperate forest.
    1. Ecology

    Experimental investigation of ant traffic under crowded conditions

    Laure-Anne Poissonnier et al.
    Behavioral experiments reveal that ants, contrary to humans, avoid the formation of traffic jams at extreme density.
    1. Ecology

    Group-specific archaeological signatures of stone tool use in wild macaques

    Lydia V Luncz et al.
    Tool behaviour of long-tailed macaques leaves archaeological signatures that differ between populations despite similar ecological conditions, highlighting the potential for diversity in material culture.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Diverse deep-sea anglerfishes share a genetically reduced luminous symbiont that is acquired from the environment

    Lydia J Baker et al.
    Environmental transmission is atypical of symbionts that have undergone genome degradation, yet genetically reduced deep-sea anglerfish symbionts likely persist in the deep sea biome in search of a new host.
    1. Ecology

    Adaptive thermal plasticity enhances sperm and egg performance in a model insect

    Ramakrishnan Vasudeva et al.
    Sperm and egg development are temperature sensitive, enabling males and females to significantly improve their reproductive success by matching gamete function to varying thermal environments for fertilisation and offspring development.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intergenerational Effects: How maternal adversity impacts offspring

    Zaneta M Thayer, Chlöe A Sweetman
    Adversities experienced by female baboons early in life can affect the survival of their offspring years later.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons

    Matthew N Zipple et al.
    In wild baboons, a female's adverse early experiences can influence her offspring's survival years after the original adversity was experienced.

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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    How maternal adversity impacts offspring

    Zaneta M Thayer, Chlöe A Sweetman
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

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    Ellen Decaestecker, Lore Bulteel

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