Functional Ecology

Copyright © 2015 British Ecological Society

A Journal of the British Ecological Society

Edited by: Charles Fox, Duncan Irschick,  Alan Knapp, Ken Thompson and Craig White

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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.

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A wolf in northern Ontario (photo credit: Lucas M. Vander Vennen). Vander Vennen et al A time to kill: What determines when wolves kill moose?

Neriid flies feeding on damaged tree bark in Sydney, Australia. Bonduriansky et al Using nutritional geometry to study the effects of parental diet on offspring

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) feeding on the carcass of a giraffe that has been dead for three days. Photo by Andrew S. Flies. Flies et al Socioecological predictors of immunity in wild spotted hyenas

Ditylum brightwellii is one of many diatom species observed at Station L4 in the Western English Channel. Mutshinda et al Ecological equivalence of species within phytoplankton functional groups

Female Antarctic fur seal with geo-location tag (flipper) and time-depth recorder (back). Credit Chris Oosthuizen. Arthur et al South for the winter? Foraging effort and divergent strategies in fur seals

Image provided by authors. Lara-Romero et al Direct and indirect effects of shrub encroachment on alpine grasslands mediated by plant-flower-visitor interactions

Photo provided by authors. Vasemägi et al Genes that influence salmon growth in wild don’t matter in captivity

Image provided by authors. Killen et al How do metabolic rate and food-deprivation affect sociability in fish?

Pimpinella peregrina, a non-spreading exotic plant, visited by a syrphid fly in our research garden. Photo credit: Samuel Carleial. Razanajatovo and Kleunen Both spreading and non-spreading exotic plants receive sufficient pollination

An aerial view of New York City, New York, USA, as an example of a human-altered landscape. Photo courtesy of Jason C. Newland. Martin and Fahrig Wildlife mobility and extinction risk in human-altered landscapes

Incubating shag. Photo provided by Mark Newell. Heidinger et al Parental age influences offspring telomere loss

After a summer thundershower, a limpet, Cellana toreuma, habitat on a rocky shore in Dongshan, Fujian, PR. China. Dong & Zhang Ecological relevance of cellular energy metabolism in intertidal species

An oxbow lake of Bandama River, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Gérard Lacroix. Zou et al Top-down becomes bottom-up: consequences of nutrient cycling for trophic cascades between green and brown webs

Restioid fynbos at the Roikloof dam near Ceres, South Africa. Photograph: R. O. Wüest. Wüest et al Reseeders benefit from arid climates and infertile soils

Forest succession in subtropical China. Photo credited to Xuli Tang, Qianmei Zhang and Yunting Fang. Huang et al How do soil respiration components and their specific respiration change with forest succession?

A mixed forest in the French Pyrenees on May 1 2007. Beech trees already started to sprout, when temperatures suddenly dropped and it began to snow, while less freezing resistant tree species have their leaves still in the protection of the buds. Photo credit: Y. Vitasse. Lenz et al To sprout, or not to sprout: freezing temperature drives spring flushing

Common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius). Image provided by authors. Turbill and Prior Survival benefits of winter dormancy: warmer climates are associated with shorter hibernation seasons and reduced survival in rodents

Image provided by authors. Schwarzkopf et al Which is more important: direct environmental effects, or local adaptation, in determining how many times animals reproduce?



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