The jungle brothers: peccaries and tapirs structure tropical forest diversity (Part 2)

The Journal of Ecology has recently published new research by Villar et al. “The cryptic regulation of diversity by functionally complementary large tropical forest herbivores.” Read more about their work in this post & Part 1, written by authors Nacho Villar & Mauro Galetti. To Janzen or not to Janzen? The standard Janzen-Connell hypothesis (JCH)…

The jungle brothers: peccaries and tapirs structure tropical forest diversity (Part 1)

The Journal of Ecology has recently published new research by Villar et al. “The cryptic regulation of diversity by functionally complementary large tropical forest herbivores.” Read more about their work in this post & Part 2, written by authors Nacho Villar & Mauro Galetti. The empty forest The “empty forest” syndrome described by Redford (1992)…

Does landscape context affect how forests change after ice storm damage?

Lloren and colleagues recently had their paper ‘The influence of landscape context on short‐ and long‐term forest change following a severe ice storm‘ published in Journal of Ecology. Read more about their work in the post below, written by co-author Jenny McCune. Investigating the interplay of natural and anthropogenic disturbance Around the world, deforestation has…

Do latex and resin spur diversification? Re-examining a classic example of escape-and-radiate coevolution

Michael Foisy and colleagues contributed a paper to our latest special feature: Macroevolutionary perspectives on biotic interactions. Find out more about their paper below. A brief history of the project When an insect chomps on a plant, sometimes the plant tissue will release latex or resin – a “goo” that can be toxic, difficult to digest,…

Have we been incorrectly analyzing plant cover data?

Our latest review paper is by Christian Damgaard and Kathryn Irvine on the subject of analyzing plant cover data. Read more about their paper below. Plant cover is a measure of the two-dimensional projection of plant species onto the surface and is the most commonly used measure of plant abundance. There are numerous historic and…

VOCs and conspecific adult-larva interactions

Read more about Xiao Sun and colleagues’ Journal of Ecology study on volatiles of compounds (VOCs) and the performance of herbivores… The interactions of aboveground and belowground herbivory can determine species populations and community composition. The outcome of the interactions can differ between conspecific and heterospecific aboveground and belowground herbivores, with conspecific herbivores enhancing their…

Interactive – not only additive – models predict trait-by-environment effects on fitness

Nuria Pistón and colleagues recently had their paper on functional traits and fitness published in Journal of Ecology. Nuria tells us more about the study below.  Trait-based approaches are extensively used in ecology to examine species interactions and species response to environmental change. However, although the link between traits and fitness is essential for the definition…

Species invasions and climate change: can grasslands cope?

Jane Catford and Lizzie Jones contributed a chapter about grassland invasions to Grasslands and Climate Change, the latest volume of the Ecological Reviews series. The authors tells us more about their chapter below.  Imagine a typical grassland ecosystem. You might see American prairies, rangelands of Australia, or African savannah. Either way, you’re probably thinking of wide-open spaces, dominated by…