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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- Top Publications - Ecology: 11/20
- h-5 index: 48 h5-median: 67
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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.
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
Kolbe et al City slickers: poor performance does not deter Anolis lizards from using artificial substrates in human-modified habitats
Zhao et al Coexistence resulting from being more different or more similar?
De Roissart et al Evolution in space: metapopulation structure and life history evolution
Orwin et al Soil microbial communities matter for carbon cycling during drought
Phillips et al Heat hardening in a tropical lizard: geographic variation explained by the predictability and variance in environmental temperatures
Costantini et al Oxidative stress changes how birds make decisions
Johansson et al Air humidity thresholds trigger active moss spore release to extend dispersal in space and time
Guillaume et al Transgenerational plasticity and environmental stress: do paternal effects act as a conduit or a buffer?
Pakkala et al Experimental effects of early-life corticosterone on the HPA axis and pre-migratory behaviour in a wild songbird
Schuwirth et al The importance of biotic interactions for the prediction of macroinvertebrate communities under multiple stressors
Kéfi et al When can positive interactions cause alternative stable states in ecosystems?
Tablado et al Diet determines movement rates and size of area used for herbivores
Tiedeken et al Impacts of toxic nectar on three pollinators
Johannes Metz and Katja Tielbörger Can dryland plants facilitate each other to cope with climate change?
Rønning et al Energy expenditure at rest affects reproduction and survival in house sparrows
Bruder et al Agricultural stressors affect stream ecosystems in unexpected ways
Bonanomi et al Friend or foe? Lessons from cushion alpine plants and their neighbours
Ryan et al Short-term rainfall, not temperature, controls lizard microhabitat use in a piñon-juniper woodland
Suseela et al Biotic and abiotic interactions, but not plant chemistry alone, contribute to chemical identity of invaded soils
Rodríguez-Echeverría et al Influence of soil microbiota in nurse plant systems
Butterfield et al Does the stress-gradient hypothesis hold water? Disentangling spatial and temporal variation in plant effects on soil moisture in dryland systems
Kuo and Irschick Predation, food, and male-male competition drive natural variation in lizard tail autotomy
Heberling et al Do non-native plants have the same traits at home? A comparison in France and New York
García-Palacios et al Comparing the decomposition of plant litter in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
Bachofen et al Cold hardiness does not limit range shifts of Mediterranean pines to Central and Western Europe
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?
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