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Trends in Ecology & Evolution



ISSN: 0169-5347 (1872-8383)
Ecology - Evolutionary Biology - Genetics & Heredity - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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0169-5347 * * 27117359
Publication date: Available online 12 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Simon A.F. Darroch, Emily F. Smith, Marc Laflamme, Douglas H. Erwin

The Ediacaran–Cambrian (E–C) transition marks the most important geobiological revolution of the past billion years, including the Earth’s first crisis of macroscopic eukaryotic life, and its most spectacular evolutionary diversification. Here, we describe competing models for late Ediacaran extinction, summarize evidence for these models, and outline key questions which will drive research on this interval. We argue that the paleontological data suggest two pulses of extinction – one at the White Sea–Nama transition, which ushers in a recognizably metazoan fauna (the ‘Wormworld’), and a second pulse at the E–C boundary itself. We argue that this latest Ediacaran fauna has more in common with the Cambrian than the earlier Ediacaran, and thus may represent the earliest phase of the Cambrian Explosion.
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0169-5347 * * 27117360
Publication date: Available online 11 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Rafael L.G. Raimundo, Paulo R. Guimarães, Darren M. Evans

The urgent need to restore biodiversity and ecosystem functioning challenges ecology as a predictive science. Restoration ecology would benefit from evolutionary principles embedded within a framework that combines adaptive network models and the phylogenetic structure of ecological interactions. Adaptive network models capture feedbacks between trait evolution, species abundances, and interactions to explain resilience and functional diversity within communities. Phylogenetically-structured network data, increasingly available via next-generation sequencing, inform constraints affecting interaction rewiring. Combined, these approaches can predict eco-evolutionary changes triggered by community manipulation practices, such as translocations and eradications of invasive species. We discuss theoretical and methodological opportunities to bridge network models and data from restoration projects and propose how this can be applied to the functional restoration of ecological interactions.
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0169-5347 * * 27117363
Publication date: Available online 7 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Holly K. Kindsvater, Nicholas K. Dulvy, Cat Horswill, Maria-José Juan-Jordá, Marc Mangel, Jason Matthiopoulos

How can we track population trends when monitoring data are sparse' Population declines can go undetected, despite ongoing threats. For example, only one of every 200 harvested species are monitored. This gap leads to uncertainty about the seriousness of declines and hampers effective conservation. Collecting more data is important, but we can also make better use of existing information. Prior knowledge of physiology, life history, and community ecology can be used to inform population models. Additionally, in multispecies models, information can be shared among taxa based on phylogenetic, spatial, or temporal proximity. By exploiting generalities across species that share evolutionary or ecological characteristics within Bayesian hierarchical models, we can fill crucial gaps in the assessment of species’ status with unparalleled quantitative rigor.
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0169-5347 * * 27117397
Publication date: Available online 31 January 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Guillaume Chapron, Harold Levrel, Yves Meinard, Franck Courchamp
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0169-5347 * * 27175462
Publication date: Available online 17 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Michael Bahn, Johannes Ingrisch
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0169-5347 * * 27206719
Publication date: Available online 18 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Alex C.Y. Yeung, John S. Richardson
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0169-5347 * * 27284831
Publication date: Available online 30 July 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Myriam R. Hirt, Volker Grimm, Yuanheng Li, Björn C. Rall, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Ulrich Brose

Integrating mechanistic models of movement and behavior into large-scale movement ecology and biodiversity research is one of the major challenges in current ecological science. This is mainly due to a large gap between the spatial scales at which these research lines act. Here, we propose to apply trait-based movement models to bridge this gap and generalize movement trajectories across species and ecosystems. We show how to use species traits (e.g., body mass) to generate allometric random walks and illustrate in two worked examples how this facilitates general predictions of species-interaction traits, meta-community structures, and biodiversity patterns. Thereby, allometric random walks foster a closer integration of movement ecology and biodiversity research by scaling up from small-scale mechanistic measurements to a predictive understanding of movement and biodiversity patterns in different landscapes.
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0169-5347 * * 27372302
Publication date: Available online 8 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Lotte H. Skovmand, Charles C.Y. Xu, Maria R. Servedio, Patrik Nosil, Rowan D.H. Barrett, Andrew P. Hendry

The keystone species concept is used in ecology to describe individual species with disproportionately large effects on their communities. We extend this idea to the level of genes with disproportionately large effects on ecological processes. Such ‘keystone genes’ (KGs) would underlie traits involved in species interactions or causing critical biotic and/or abiotic changes that influence emergent community and ecosystem properties. We propose a general framework for how KGs could be identified, while keeping KGs under the umbrella of ‘ecologically important genes’ (EIGs) that also include categories such as ‘foundation genes’, ‘ecosystem engineering genes’, and more. Although likely rare, KGs and other EIGs could dominate certain ecological processes; thus, their discovery and study are relevant for understanding eco-evolutionary dynamics.
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0169-5347 * * 27459715
Publication date: Available online 17 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Andrea Ravignani

Humans devote ample time to produce and perceive music. How and why this behavioral propensity originated in our species is unknown. For centuries, speculation dominated the study of the evolutionary origins of musicality. Following Darwin’s early intuitions, recent empirical research is opening a new chapter to tackle this mystery.
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0169-5347 * * 27535985
Publication date: September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 9
Author(s): Mark Westoby, Georges Kunstler, Michelle R. Leishman, John Morgan
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0169-5347 * * 27535986
Publication date: September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 9
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0169-5347 * * 27535987
Publication date: Available online 23 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Sebastian Seibold, Marc W. Cadotte, J. Scott MacIvor, Simon Thorn, Jörg Müller

Trophic interactions are a fundamental part of ecosystems; yet, most ecological studies focus on single trophic levels and this hampers our ability to detect the underlying mechanisms structuring communities as well as the effects of environmental change. Here, we argue that the historical dominance of studying competition within trophic levels, and the focus on taxonomic groups without differentiating the trophic level, has led to the under-representation of multitrophic research in community ecology. There are many hurdles that challenge multitrophic approaches and we discuss solutions to overcome these. To advance our understanding of the fundamental drivers of community assembly and to provide the necessary guidance for managing and mitigating the effects of environmental change, we argue that ecologists should better align research with a trophically inclusive definition of a community.
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0169-5347 * * 27565685
Publication date: Available online 27 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Katherine L. Yates, Phil J. Bouchet, M. Julian Caley, Kerrie Mengersen, Christophe F. Randin, Stephen Parnell, Alan H. Fielding, Andrew J. Bamford, Stephen Ban, A. Márcia Barbosa, Carsten F. Dormann, Jane Elith, Clare B. Embling, Gary N. Ervin, Rebecca Fisher, Susan Gould, Roland F. Graf, Edward J. Gregr, Patrick N. Halpin, Risto K. Heikkinen

Predictive models are central to many scientific disciplines and vital for informing management in a rapidly changing world. However, limited understanding of the accuracy and precision of models transferred to novel conditions (their ‘transferability’) undermines confidence in their predictions. Here, 50 experts identified priority knowledge gaps which, if filled, will most improve model transfers. These are summarized into six technical and six fundamental challenges, which underlie the combined need to intensify research on the determinants of ecological predictability, including species traits and data quality, and develop best practices for transferring models. Of high importance is the identification of a widely applicable set of transferability metrics, with appropriate tools to quantify the sources and impacts of prediction uncertainty under novel conditions.
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0169-5347 * * 27599542
Publication date: Available online 31 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Ronald Noë, E. Toby Kiers

The nutrient exchange mutualism between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMFs) and their host plants qualifies as a biological market, but several complications have hindered its appropriate use. First, fungal ‘trading agents’ are hard to identify because AMFs are potentially heterokaryotic, that is, they may contain large numbers of polymorphic nuclei. This means it is difficult to define and study a fungal ‘individual’ acting as an independent agent with a specific trading strategy. Second, because nutrient exchanges occur via communal structures (arbuscules), this temporarily reduces outbidding competition and transaction costs and hence resembles exchanges among divisions of firms, rather than traditional trade on markets. We discuss how fungal nuclei may coordinate their trading strategies, but nevertheless retain some independence, similar to human co-operatives (co-ops).
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0169-5347 * * 27599543
Publication date: Available online 30 August 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): David Nogués-Bravo, Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez, Luisa Orsini, Erik de Boer, Roland Jansson, Helene Morlon, Damien A. Fordham, Stephen T. Jackson

How individual species and entire ecosystems will respond to future climate change are among the most pressing questions facing ecologists. Past biodiversity dynamics recorded in the paleoecological archives show a broad array of responses, yet significant knowledge gaps remain. In particular, the relative roles of evolutionary adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, and dispersal in promoting survival during times of climate change have yet to be clarified. Investigating the paleo-archives offers great opportunities to understand biodiversity responses to future climate change. In this review we discuss the mechanisms by which biodiversity responds to environmental change, and identify gaps of knowledge on the role of range shifts and tolerance. We also outline approaches at the intersection of paleoecology, genomics, experiments, and predictive models that will elucidate the processes by which species have survived past climatic changes and enhance predictions of future changes in biological diversity.
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0169-5347 * * 27695503
Publication date: Available online 9 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Laurent Godet, Vincent Devictor

New agendas for conservation are regularly proposed based on the ground that existing strategies are overly pessimistic, restricted to biodiversity hotspots, and inappropriate to halt biodiversity loss. However, little empirical evidence supports such claims. Here we review the 12 971 papers published in the leading conservation journals during the last 15 years to assess what conservation actually does. Although conservation research is affected by specific bias, conservation is playing a major role in providing empirical evidence of human impacts on biodiversity. Encouraging biodiversity comebacks are also published and a wide range of conservation tools, beyond the development of protected areas in wilderness areas, are promoted. We argue that finding new routes to conservation is neither necessary nor sufficient to halt biodiversity loss.
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0169-5347 * * 27695504
Publication date: Available online 9 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Ashley Shade, Robert R. Dunn, Shane A. Blowes, Petr Keil, Brendan J.M. Bohannan, Martina Herrmann, Kirsten Küsel, Jay T. Lennon, Nathan J. Sanders, David Storch, Jonathan Chase

Macroecology is the study of the mechanisms underlying general patterns of ecology across scales. Research in microbial ecology and macroecology have long been detached. Here, we argue that it is time to bridge the gap, as they share a common currency of species and individuals, and a common goal of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity. Microbial ecology and macroecology will mutually benefit from a unified research agenda and shared datasets that span the entirety of the biodiversity of life and the geographic expanse of the Earth.
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0169-5347 * * 27695505
Publication date: Available online 7 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Alexandra Alvergne
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0169-5347 * * 27728920
Publication date: Available online 10 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Zoë A. Doubleday, Sean D. Connell
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0169-5347 * * 27728921
Publication date: Available online 10 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Mark J. Costello, Tammy Horton, Andreas Kroh

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is a sustainable model of international collaboration around a centralised database that provides expert validated biodiversity data freely online. This model could be replicated for the over 1.2 million terrestrial and freshwater species to improve quality control and data management in biology and ecology globally.
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0169-5347 * * 27759697
Publication date: Available online 14 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Alexandra J.R. Carthey, Michael R. Gillings, Daniel T. Blumstein

Microbes are now known to influence inter- and intraspecific olfactory signaling systems. They do so by producing metabolites that function as odorants. A unique attribute of such odorants is that they arise as a product of microbial–host interactions. These interactions need not be mutualistic, and indeed can be antagonistic. We develop an integrated ecoevolutionary model to explore microbially mediated olfactory communication and a process model that illustrates the various ways that microbial products might contribute to odorants. This novel approach generates testable predictions, including that selection to incorporate microbial products should be a common feature of infochemicals that communicate identity but not those that communicate fitness or quality. Microbes extend an individual’s genotype, but also enhance vulnerability to environmental change.
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0169-5347 * * 27759698
Publication date: Available online 13 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Patrick J. O’Connor, Margaret A. Cargill
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0169-5347 * * 27785659
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Marty Kardos, Aaron B.A. Shafer

The genomics revolution has sparked interest in using our increased understanding of the loci involved in phenotypic variation and adaptation to advance the conservation of biodiversity. Despite much interest and discussion, it remains unclear whether, when, and how such analyses should be used to guide conservation action. Such ‘gene-targeted’ conservation strategies, while promising, are complicated by several factors including the complex genomic architecture of phenotypic variation and the strong potential for undesirable outcomes such as the loss of genome-wide genetic variation and evolutionary potential. We caution against relying on gene-targeted approaches as a conservation silver bullet and propose rigorous criteria to identify situations where gene-targeted approaches are likely to benefit conservation.
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0169-5347 * * 27785660
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Lewis G. Halsey

The obesity epidemic in humans is juxtaposed by observations of passerine birds exhibiting fine-scale body mass regulation. The ecology literature is replete with research into why these animals regulate body weight, citing tradeoffs between competing pressures such as emaciation and predation. Yet studies on the underlying mechanisms of mass regulation in these animals are scarce. Maintaining or decreasing weight could obviously be achieved by limiting food intake. However, there are numerous reasons why an animal may not control ingestion, at least precisely. This Opinion article investigates the plausibility of possible behavioural and physiological mechanisms to adaptively maintain or decrease body mass in birds and other animals. Candidate behavioural mechanisms include exercising and fidgeting, while physiological mechanisms could include reducing digestive efficiency or mitochondrial efficiency.
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0169-5347 * * 27818204
Publication date: October 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 10
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0169-5347 * * 27818205
Publication date: Available online 20 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Graeme C. Hays, Thomas K. Doyle, Jonathan D.R. Houghton

The past 30 years have seen several paradigm shifts in our understanding of how ocean ecosystems function. Now recent technological advances add to an overwhelming body of evidence for another paradigm shift in terms of the role of gelatinous plankton (jellyfish) in marine food webs. Traditionally viewed as trophic dead ends, stable isotope analysis of predator tissues, animal-borne cameras, and DNA analysis of fecal and gut samples (metabarcoding) are all indicating that many taxa routinely consume jellyfish. Despite their low energy density, the contribution of jellyfish to the energy budgets of predators may be much greater than assumed because of rapid digestion, low capture costs, availability, and selective feeding on the more energy-rich components. Feeding on jellyfish may make marine predators susceptible to ingestion of plastics.
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0169-5347 * * 27818206
Publication date: Available online 19 September 2018

Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Author(s): Tim S. Doherty, Lucie M. Bland, Brett A. Bryan, Timothy Neale, Emily Nicholson, Euan G. Ritchie, Don A. Driscoll

Conservation targets perform beneficial auxiliary functions that are rarely acknowledged, including raising awareness, building partnerships, promoting investment, and developing new knowledge. Building on these auxiliary functions could enable more rapid progress towards current targets and inform the design of future targets.

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Journal Citation Reports (2017)

Impact factor: 15.938
Q1 (Ecology (1/158))
Q1 (Evolutionary Biology (1/49))
Q1 (Genetics & Heredity (3/171))

Scopus Journal Metrics (2016)

SJR: 8.960
SNIP: 4.843
Impact (Scopus CiteScore): 1.065
Quartile: Q1
CiteScore percentile: 98%
CiteScore rank: 6 out of 525
Cited by WUR staff: 1303 times. (2014-2016)

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