Functional EcologyCopyright © 2015 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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2015: 15/149 (Ecology) Impact Factor: 5.21
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- 9th most highly ranked publication in the Ecology catagory
- h-5 index: 51 h5-median: 70
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Issue 31.03 is out now. Read the lay summaries free online here.
To celebrate the journal's 30th anniversary, we have two Virtual Issues out now: Towards a mechanistic understanding of global change ecology and 30 years of Functional Ecology. All papers in both Virtual Issues are free online.
Duncan Irschick talks to and Tiphaine Jeanniard-du-dot about accelerometers, energy expenditure and Antarctic fur seals. Read the article in full.
Dylan G. Fischer talks about the results of the first forest ecosystem-scale experiment designed to test if more diverse mixtures of genetic stock result in more productive forests. Read the article in full.
Julia Cooke talks to FE editor Ken Thompson about our latest Special Feature: The Functional Role of Silicon In Plant Biology. Browse the lay summaries here or read the articles in the August Issue of Functional Ecology.
Joe Bailey talks to Alan Knapp about his special feature (guest-edited with Jen Schweizer)on Ecosystems, Evolution and Plant–Soil Feedbacks, out in the July Issue of Functional Ecology.
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. In this podcast, Alan Knapp talks to Brian Steidinger, winner of the 2015 Haldane Prize for Early Career Research, about his prizewinning paper Variability in potential to exploit different soil organic phosphorus compounds among tropical montane tree species. Read the Virtual issue containing all the winning and highly commended papers here..
How do lizards adjust to life in the city? Lizards may use fences, posts and walls as they do trees in natural forests, but they may not find walls as easy to walk up as trees. Jason Kolbe discusses his recent paper City slickers: poor performance does not deter Anolis lizards from using artificial substrates in human-modified habitats with Duncan Irschick. Read the full paper here.
Emma Sayer and Ken Thompson talk about Emma's virtual issue: Making the Most of Microbes.
Thomas Hasper and Johan Uddling talk to FE Editor Alan Knapp about their recent paper "Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate.Hasper, T. B., Wallin, G., Lamba, S., Hall, M., Jaramillo, F., Laudon, H., Linder, S., Medhurst, J. L., Räntfors, M., Sigurdsson, B. D. and Uddling, J. (2015), Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate. Funct Ecol. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12546
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.
Santini et al The triangular seed mass-leaf area relationship holds for annual plants and is determined by habitat productivity
Niu et al How do temperate trees maintain or restore water transport function in overwintering stems?
Rusch and Angilletta Competition during thermoregulation – The costs of being (or not being) under the spotlight
MacFarlane and Kane Neighbor effects on tree architecture: functional trade-offs balancing crown competitiveness with wind resistance.
Zimmerman et al Immunocompetence in a long-lived ectothermic vertebrate is temperature dependent but shows no decline in older adults
Závorka et al Co-existence with non-native brook trout breaks down the integration of phenotypic traits in brown trout parr
Haughian and Frego Log moisture and moss growth under thinned and unthinned forest canopies
Li et al Home-field advantages of litter decomposition increase with increasing nitrogen
van de Crommenacker et al Oxidative status and fitness components in the Seychelles warbler
Blume-Werry et al Earlier snowmelt did not change root growth in two different subarctic plant communities
Fountain-Jones et al Do different beetle trophic groups recover after logging the same way?
Von Arx et al Sugar storage is prioritized over growth in pine trees at a dry site and explains auto-correlation in tree-ring width
Shestakova et al Drought effects on multispecies pinewoods spreading upwards in Mediterranean mountains
Wade et al Impacts of future UK rainfall patterns can move through the food chain
Paijmans and Wong Fish Contests and Community Structure
Zhang et al Mowing exacerbates the loss of ecosystem stability under nitrogen enrichment in a temperate grassland
Steeves et al Conservation genetic implications of de-extinction
Lemmens et al Niche variation between fish communities as reconstructed from stable isotopes in two ecologically different Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes
Wang et al Standing stage accelerated litter decomposition and soil organic carbon formation in semi-arid region
Walters et al Fear makes you fat, but not too fat to fly
Chauvet et al Coexisting tree species share similar characteristics
Schöb et al Species but not genotype diversity strongly impacts the establishment of rare colonisers
Bailey et al New evidence for regulation of seasonal breeding in mammals by the reproductive hormone kisspeptin
Le Provost et al Trait-matching and mass determine the response of herbivore communities to land use intensification
Katsuhara et al Unlocked function of snow crystal-like flowers of Bishop’s caps
Herben et al Long-term time series of legume cycles in a semi-natural montane grassland: evidence for nitrogen-driven grass dynamics?
Lind et al Slow development as a cost of long life
Losapio & Schöb Resistance of plant–plant networks to biodiversity loss and secondary extinctions following simulated environmental changes
Fitzgerald et al How diverse fish species coexist in the Amazon Basin
Tonin et al How nitrogen and plant diversity interact in decomposition of leaf litter in streams
Zhang et al Differential responses of ecosystem carbon and water processes to increased and decreased precipitation
Grutters et al Temperate and tropical snails share an appetite for native and non-native temperate aquatic plants
Rohde et al Climatic effects on population declines of a rare wetland species and the role of spatial and temporal isolation as barriers to hybridization
Monteiro and Del Bianco Faria Causal relationships in food-web theory
Mathot et al An experimental test of state-behaviour feedbacks: gizzard mass and foraging behaviour in red knots
Merkling et al ‘Reproductive effort and oxidative stress: effects of offspring sex and number on the physiological state of a long-lived bird
Fay et al Contrasting effects of climate and population density over time and life-stages in a long-lived seabird
Yip et al Goldenrod “eavesdrops” on the communication of its specialist herbivore and defends itself in proportion to its proximity to the communication source
Bejarano et al The shape of fish success beneath the ocean waves
Smart et al Leaf Dry Matter Content is better at predicting above-ground Net Primary Production than Specific Leaf Area
Messina et al Oxidative stress reduces song rate in subordinate individuals
Vanbergen et al Robustness of insect-flower networks to disturbance
Barkaoui et al Does water shortage generate water stress?
Dawud et al Tree species functional group is more important for soil carbon stock and soil nutrient status than tree species diversity across six major European forest types
Lewis G. Halsey Relationships grow with time – watch out when estimating diving energetics!
Bertocci et al Compounded perturbations in coastal areas: contrasting responses to nutrient enrichment and the regime of storm-related disturbance depend on life-history traits
Penick et al Heating the superorganism: Comprehensive metrics of thermal performance
Ghanizadeh Kazerouni et al Parents protect offspring from negative effects of UV-B radiation
Rendon et al Seasonal transitions and aggressive phenotypes
Pap et al New analysis shows that the body feathers of birds evolved in response to lifestyle
Martin et al Thermal over predation benefits of enclosed vs open nests
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