Functional EcologyCopyright © 2014 British Ecological Society
A Journal of the British Ecological SocietyEdited by: Charles Fox, Duncan Irschick, Alan Knapp, Ken Thompson and Craig White
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2014: 15/144 (Ecology) Impact Factor: 4.82
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Islands are often considered ideal biological laboratories as they are isolated and vary tremendously in size, structure, and habitats, imposing different selective pressures that can drive adaptations of organisms on islands. This study capitalizes on an island-size gradient in the Greek Archipelago to investigate inter-island divergence in the body size, head shape, and bite force of a lizard, Podarcis erhardii.
Donihue, C. M., Brock, K. M., Foufopoulos, J., Herrel, A. (2015), Feed or fight: testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12550
Robbie Wilson talks to Amy Hahs about using urban ecosystems to expand fundamental ecological knowledge. Amy Hahs guest-edited our latest Special Feature: Ecology of Organisms in Urban Environments with Karl Evans. You can read the Special Feature here.
In this study, Isabelle Marechaux and her co-authors looked at leaf water potential at wilting or turgor loss point (πtlp), which determines tolerance of leaves to drought stress. Using a new method based on a demonstrated association between πtlp and another trait, the leaf osmotic water potential at full hydration, they were able to estimate πtlp for 165 trees of 71 species. This dataset is a significant increase in information for tropical tree species and indicates a potential for highly diverse species responses to drought within given forest communities.
Read the full paper online here: Maréchaux, I., Bartlett, M. K., Sack, L., Baraloto, C., Engel, J., Joetzjer, E., Chave, J. (2015), Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12452 or the lay summary here.
Anolis lizards are well known for their colorful, expandable throat fan, called the dewlap, which they use to attract mates and repel rivals. The dewlap is a very thin structure and some of the light that strikes its surface shines through it, becoming colored and spreading in all directions as it does. Researchers Leo J. Fleishman, Brianna Ogas, David Steinberg and Manuel Leal look at why some Anolis lizard dewlaps glow in their video.
You can read their paper "Why do Anolis lizard dewlaps glow? An analysis of a translucent visual signal" free online here or the lay summary here.
Alan Knapp talks to Anita Narwani and Patrick Vernail about their new Extended Spotlight: Community Phylogenetics and Ecosystem Functioning.
Read the Extended Spotlight online here.
Duncan Irschick talks to Coleman M. Sheehy III about how arboreality and the associated gravitational stress on blood circulation have influenced the evolution of tail length in snakes.
Read the full paper online here: Coleman M. Sheehy, C. M., Albert, J. A., Lillywhite, H. B. (2015), The evolution of tail length in snakes associated with different gravitational environments. Functional Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.124725 or the lay summary here
Alan Knapp talks to the 2014 Haldane Prizewinner Scott Ferrenberg about his paper, "Smooth bark surfaces can defend trees against insect attack: resurrecting a ‘slippery’ hypothesis". See the winner's Virtual Issue here: http://j.mp/Haldane2014
Ken Thompson talks to Katie Field about her Virtual Issue Mycorrhizal networks in ecosystem structure and functioning. The vast majority of land plants form mutualistic symbioses with soil-dwelling fungi known as mycorrhizas, which can link many plants through fungal hyphae in a common mycelial network. This Virtual Issue highlights three major themes in mycorrhizal research: the movement of plant-fixed carbon, reciprocal exchange of nutrients, and the wider impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function.
In this study, the authors measured song frequency content and hearing sensitivity for nine species of songbird over a broad range of frequencies. If hearing correlates to song characteristics, then open habitat bird species should have higher sensitivity to high-frequency sounds than forest species. Surprisingly, although song frequency was highest in species from open habitats and lowest in forest species (as expected), song frequency and habitat were not correlated with high-frequency hearing sensitivity.
You can read the paper free online Vélez, A., Gall, M. D., Fu, J., Lucas, J. R. (2014), Song structure, not high-frequency song content, determines high-frequency auditory sensitivity in nine species of New World sparrows. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12352 or the lay summary here.
Survival of the weakest seems an unlikely title for an ecology paper, but that is exactly what Haldane prizewinner Kyle Demes and his co-authors found in their, as Kyle Demes explains in this podcast on his paper, Demes, K. W., Pruitt, J. N., Harley, C. D.G., Carrington, E. (2013), Survival of the weakest: increased frond mechanical strength in a wave-swept kelp inhibits self-pruning and increases whole-plant mortality. Functional Ecology, 27: 439–445. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12067
Fox et al Gender differences in patterns of authorship do not affect peer review outcomes at an ecology journal
Losdat et al Additive genetic variance and effects of inbreeding, sex and age on heterophil to lymphocyte ratio in song sparrows
Zhang et al Fewer new species colonize at low frequency N addition in a temperate grassland
Xia et al Environmental cue to germinate in gaps is closely associated with seed sizes
Johnson et al Dung beetles reduce drought stress in plants without increasing plant susceptibility to an aboveground herbivore
Johnson et al Seasonal changes in temperature and bush lupine availability drive bordered plant bug abundance
Kowal et al Liverworts to the rescue: an investigation of their efficacy as mycorrhizal inoculum for vascular plants
Herborn et al Old birds become worn and rusty too
Buzzard et al Re-growing a tropical dry forest: functional plant trait composition and community assembly during succession
Huijbers et al Functional replacement across species pools of vertebrate scavengers separated at a continental scale maintains an ecosystem function
Valenta et al Visual ecology of Eulemur suggests a cathemeral origin for the primate cone opsin polymorphism
Clark et al Food as fuel: How food protein-carbohydrate content affects resting metabolic rates
De Jager and Peakall Does morphology matter in sexual deception?
Sendall et al Trade-offs in juvenile growth potential vs. shade tolerance among subtropical rainforest trees on soils of contrasting fertility
Ma et al Colour pattern mimicry in flowers- the functional importance of complex floral colour pattern in a food-deceptive orchid
Cheng et al How do precipitation gradient and evolutionary history shape the variations in leaf and root traits in the Inner Mongolia grassland?
Deshmukh and Bélanger Molecular evolution of aquaporins and silicon influx in plants
Slotsbo et al Cold adaptation in insects involves adaptive modifications of the cell membrane phospholipid composition
House et al Macronutrients, weapons and genital traits in male broad horned beetles
Ton & Martin Why baby birds differ in the speed at which they grow?
Dial et al Effects of neonatal size on maturity and escape performance in the Trinidadian guppy
Zheng et al Wood decomposition inside living trees shows that hollows develop slowly but cause a considerable loss of forest biomass
Henschen et al Black and yellow plumage signals resistance to oxidative stress in a bird
Creissen et al Every plant needs good neighbours
Donihue et al Feed or fight: Testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard
Fontana et al Individual-level trait diversity indices
Hasper et al Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate
Sardans et al Nitrogen deposition affects Scots pine stoichiometry
Carey & Fulweiler The Importance of Agriculture in Global Biogenic Silicon Production
Young et al Unseen consequences of losing large wildlife: increases in rodent immune function following large mammal defaunation
Cavieres et al Facilitation among plants as an insurance policy for diversity in Alpine communities
Lee et al Perturbations in growth trajectory due to early diet affect age-related deterioration in performance
López-Jiménez et al Ambient temperature, body condition and sibling rivalry explain feather corticosterone levels in developing black kites
Bergamo et al Flowers avoiding bees? The case of Costus arabicus colour variation sheds light on bee sensorial exclusion hypothesis for hummingbird red-flowers
Ames et al Multiple environmental drivers structure plant traits at the community level in a pyrogenic
Mitchell & Bergmann Frog habitat preferences do not maximize jumping performance
Tartu et al Mercury could reduce parental care behaviour by disrupting parenting hormones in Arctic seabirds
Lortie et al Functional assessment of animal interactions with shrub-facilitation complexes: a formal synthesis and conceptual framework
Gimeno et al Tracking woodland water use efficiency under future atmospheric conditions
Aron et al Sperm production characteristics vary with level of sperm competition in Cataglyphis desert ants
Bartelheimer & Poschlod Functional characterizations of Ellenberg Indicator Values – a review on ecophysiological determinants
Fox et al Editor and reviewer gender influence the peer review process but not peer review outcomes at an ecology journal
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