Eli Bendall: Not so tall (tree) tales from the glasshouse

In this new post, Eli Bendall from Western Sydney University presents his last paper ‘Growth enhancements of elevated atmospheric [CO2] are reduced under drought-like conditions in temperate eucalypts’. He discusses the interacting impact of CO2 rise and drought for woody plants, highlights why sunny days can be problematic for ecologists, and shares his unconditional love for eucalyptus. About the paper Our work investigated the interacting … Continue reading Eli Bendall: Not so tall (tree) tales from the glasshouse

Régis Céréghino: Functional redundancy is an insurance against the effects of precipitation change on Neotropical invertebrate communities

In this new post, Professor Régis Céréghino, from University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), presents his paper ‘Functional redundancy dampens precipitation change impacts on species-rich invertebrate communities across the Neotropics’, discusses the importance of collaboration for answering general ecological questions and highlights the necessity to know your study system. About the paper The aim of this study was to understand how biogeographic contexts influence invertebrate community … Continue reading Régis Céréghino: Functional redundancy is an insurance against the effects of precipitation change on Neotropical invertebrate communities

Haldane 2021 Winner Max Mallen-Cooper: Tiny plants with big nutrient dreams

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Haldane Prize 2021 for early career researchers has been awarded to Max Mallen-Cooper. Check out their story behind the award winning paper below and read all the shortlisted papers here. Winner of the Haldane Prize 2021, Max Mallen-Cooper from the University of New South Wales discusses their latest research: Tissue chemistry of biocrust species along … Continue reading Haldane 2021 Winner Max Mallen-Cooper: Tiny plants with big nutrient dreams

Alex Austin: You get what you’re given? Solitary bee larvae demonstrate the ability to regulate their nutritional intake

In this new post, Alexander Austin, a new ecological researcher working at Ku-ring-gai Council, Sydney, Australia, shares their paper: Solitary bee larvae prioritize carbohydrate over protein in parentally provided pollen—recently shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers. About the paper Nutrition is linked to almost every aspect of an animal’s behaviour and physiology, and we really wanted to explore this in solitary bees. … Continue reading Alex Austin: You get what you’re given? Solitary bee larvae demonstrate the ability to regulate their nutritional intake

Carl G. Lundblad: Understanding the evolutionary causes of variation in an overlooked life-history trait, incubation period.

In this new post, Carl G. Lundblad, a new ecological researcher working at Oregon State University, ORE, USA, shares his paper: Intraspecific variation in incubation behaviours along a latitudinal gradient is driven by nest microclimate and selection on neonate quality—recently shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers. Like many wildlife ecologists, I was drawn to the field through a lifelong fascination with the … Continue reading Carl G. Lundblad: Understanding the evolutionary causes of variation in an overlooked life-history trait, incubation period.

Randall W. Long: Spenders and savers—Intraspecific support for plant economic theory

In this new post, Randall Long, a new ecological researcher working at the University of California-Santa Barbara, USA, shares his paper: Spenders versus savers: Climate-induced carbon allocation trade-offs in a recently introduced woody plant—recently shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers. About the paper As ecologists we assume that trade-offs exist in organisms when limited resources are allocated to multiple competing demands. In … Continue reading Randall W. Long: Spenders and savers—Intraspecific support for plant economic theory

Laura Castaneda-Gomez: Roots may not be key drivers of soil responses to elevated CO2 in a phosphorus-limited forest

In this new post, Laura Castañeda-Gómez, a new ecological researcher working at The University of Toronto, Canada, shares their paper: The influence of roots on mycorrhizal fungi, saprotrophic microbes and carbon dynamics in a low‐phosphorus Eucalyptus forest under elevated CO2—recently shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers. Last February, the Earth’s atmosphere reached a new record high CO2 concentration of almost 422 ppm. … Continue reading Laura Castaneda-Gomez: Roots may not be key drivers of soil responses to elevated CO2 in a phosphorus-limited forest

Eve Davidian: Why do the top dogs get the prettiest ladies? A story of sex, stress and hyena poops

In this new post, Eve Davidian and colleagues explore The interplay between social rank, physiological constraints and investment in courtship in male spotted hyenas. Their study shows that the social and mating system of spotted hyenas may shed some light into the roots of reproductive inequalities in mammalian societies. Toleo la Kiswahili linapatikana hapa. In most animal societies, resources are not shared equally among members … Continue reading Eve Davidian: Why do the top dogs get the prettiest ladies? A story of sex, stress and hyena poops

Na Eve Davidian: Hadithi ya mapenzi, msongo na kinyesi cha fisi Ngorongoro

An English version of this blogpost is available here. Kuna pengo la kiuelewa kuhusu uhusiano kati ya cheo cha mwanaume kijamii na mafanikio yake katika uzazi. Hii ni kwa mujibu wa utafiti nilioufanya na mwenzangu, miongoni mwa wanyama. Utafiti huu unaonyesha kuwa mfumo wa kijamii na kujamiiana wa fisi wenye madoadoa unaweza kutoa mwanga katika kuelewa mienendo ya usawa wa uzazi miongoni mwa jamii za … Continue reading Na Eve Davidian: Hadithi ya mapenzi, msongo na kinyesi cha fisi Ngorongoro

A varangyméreg az állatvilág svájci bicskája

Üveges Bálint This blog is available in English here. A kutatás A ragadozás (predáció) mindennapos jelenség a természetben, ezért a préda állatoknak folyamatosan fel kell mérniük környezetüket, és reagálniuk kell a ragadozók jelenlétére és táplálékszerzési kísérleteikre. Ezt tehetik például úgy, hogy felkészülnek a támadásra fenotípusuk megváltoztatásával, vagy, hogy nagyobb csapatokba tömörülnek. Az előbbi azt jelenti, hogy a potenciális prédaállat érzékeli a ragadozók (vagy bármely más … Continue reading A varangyméreg az állatvilág svájci bicskája