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…