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

Soma karatasi hapa 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 … 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

Jian-Yong Wang: What role do clonal plants play in our ecosystems?

In this new post, Jian-Yong Wang, a new ecological researcher working at Northeast Normal University, China, shares his paper: A meta-analysis of effects of physiological integration in clonal plants under homogeneous vs. heterogeneous environments—recently shortlisted for the Haldane Prize for Early Career Researchers. About the paper Clonal plants, i.e. those able to reproduce vegetatively, play important roles in many ecosystems. Connected individuals (ramets) can translocate … Continue reading Jian-Yong Wang: What role do clonal plants play in our ecosystems?

Audrey Barker Plotkin: Los árboles pueden morir de hambre debido a la defoliación por insectos

En esta publicación, Audrey Barker Plotkin de la Universidad de Harvard nos habla sobre su última investigación en la que estudia cómo los insectos invasores pueden matar de hambre a los árboles y la importancia de proteger los bosques templados. An English version of this blog is available here. Soy ecóloga forestal con base en Harvard Forest en el noreste de los Estados Unidos. Debido … Continue reading Audrey Barker Plotkin: Los árboles pueden morir de hambre debido a la defoliación por insectos