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The latest Functional Ecology paper to be featured on F1000.
Transcriptome profiles link environmental variation and physiological response of Mytilus californianus between Pacific tides. Place et al.
Read the F1000 review.  Read the paper.

Papers in the News

Smooth bark surfaces can defend trees against insect attack: resurrecting a ‘slippery’ hypothesis - Scott Ferrenberg & Jeffry B. Mitton
The Telegraph. The Huffington Post, Red Orbit.

Geographic differences and microevolutionary changes in thermal sensitivity of butterfly larvae in response to climate -Jessica K. Higgins, Heidi J. MacLean, Lauren B. Buckley, Joel G. Kingsolver
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12218
Futurity, (Vietnamese), QN (Italian), Nature World News.

Linking dietary shifts and reproductive failure in seabirds: a stable isotope approach- Nicole D. Kowalczyk, Andre Chiaradia, Tiana J. Preston, Richard D. Reina.
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12216
The Age, Nature World News.


Buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) marked with paint to identify individuals and foraging from artificial feeders in the flight arena. Heather WhitneyLampe et al:  'Staying tuned: grasshoppers from noisy roadside habitats produce courtship signals with elevated frequency components'
Lamper et al examined potential long-term effects of road noise on signal production in the grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus, an insect with acoustic sexual communication. The press coverage on Lampe et al's was huge and very international, which so far has included BBC News, NBC News, Radio Canada (in French), Spiegel Online (in German), BBC Indonesia, El Nacional (in Spanish), InfoRadio (in Hungarian), Angola Press (in Portuguese) and Dutch).


Buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) marked with paint to identify individuals and foraging from artificial feeders in the flight arena. Heather WhitneyGlover et al:  'Bees need better grip when flowers move' Most flowers have cone-shaped cells on the surface of the petal which can help pollinating bees grip and handle complicated flowers. But these cells are also present on simple flowers, which should be easy to handle. In this paper the authors examined whether conical surface cells also help bees to grip simple flowers when they are blown about in the wind or move in other ways. Read more news coverage at ScienceDaily, The Telegraph, redOrbit, MSN News, Western Daily Press, The Press Association and The New York Times.

Bywater & Wilson:  'Is honesty the best policy?' In this paper the authors examined male fiddler crabs in Australia which use an enlarged claw to signal underlying strength but do not match this with claw strength.  These crabs were studied in differing populations to measure the levels of 'honesty' displayed. 

Hammerschlag et al conducted the first satellite telemetry study to examine the long range movement patterns of tiger sharks (the largest apex predator in tropical waters) in response to dive tourism.  The results are recorded in their paper 'Don;'t bite the hand that feeds:Assessing ecological impacts of provisioning ecotourism on an apex marine predator. Pictures from the study were featured on the BBC.  Read more news coverage at Our Amazing Planet, CBC, RedOrbit, Wildlife News, Science Daily 

Blount et al How the lady got its spots: effects of resource limitation on the honesty of aposematic signals.  This paper reveals that redder ladybirds are more poisonous than their paler Read more on, BBC, Wired,  Science Daily, Earth Times

Papers in the News 2011
Urban et al Trees adapt to poor levels of sunlight to effectively process carbon.  This study by Czech researchers shows the ability of trees to adapt to light conditions, and even increase their intake of carbon for photosynthesis in poor light. Read more on Science Daily,

Scott et al Life in the really slow lane: loggerhead sea turtles reach maturity at an older age than other reptiles.
Read more on BBC, Tehran Times


Torregrossa et al How plant-eating mammals control their appetite for poison. 
Read more on The Salt Lake Tribune, Science Daily, Bioscience technology

Speed et al
Browsing interacts with climate to determine tree-ring increment. Read more on The New York Times, Science Daily, Life sciences-net , Environmental Reaserch Web


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