Islands are becoming more similar after losing unique birds and gaining common widespread bird species

Filipa C. Soares, Jorge M. Palmeirim, Ana S. L. Rodrigues, Pedro Cardoso, Ricardo F. de Lima This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Ever since humans arrived on oceanic islands, animal and plant populations have suffered severe declines, with many species even going extinct soon after colonization. Birds were by far one of the most … Continue reading Islands are becoming more similar after losing unique birds and gaining common widespread bird species

Temperature controls the speed of life

Caroline Greiser, Loke von Schmalensee, Olle Lindestad, Karl Gotthard, Philipp Lehmann This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Insects develop faster when it is warmer, but at very high temperatures development drastically slows down again. This nonlinear response to temperature makes it difficult to predict if an insect will develop on average rapidly or slowly … Continue reading Temperature controls the speed of life

Fire characteristics determine how fire affects insects and other arthropods: evidence from a review

Blyssalyn V. Bieber, Dhaval K. Vyas, Amanda M. Koltz, Laura A. Burkle, Kiaryce S. Bey, Claire Guzinski, Shannon M. Murphy, andMayra C. Vidal This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Humans are altering nature in many important ways, and these changes are affecting the organisms with whom we share our environment. One of the most … Continue reading Fire characteristics determine how fire affects insects and other arthropods: evidence from a review

The temporal and spatial response of soil fungal community composition and potential function to wildfire in a permafrost region in Canada

Yue-mei Zhang, Zhao-lei Qu, Outi-Maaria Sietiö, Xuan Zhou, Jussi Heinonsalo, Kajar Köster, Frank Berninger, Jukka Pumpanen, Hui Sun This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. The permafrost regions of boreal forests store a large amount of carbon, which can be affected by ecological disturbances, especially from forest fires. Soil microbes, especially fungi, play an important … Continue reading The temporal and spatial response of soil fungal community composition and potential function to wildfire in a permafrost region in Canada

Drought threatens dioecious Populus euphratica

Zhichao Xia, Yue He, Zuodong Zhu, Helena Korpelainen and Chunyang Li This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. R.A. Fisher, a famous biologist, proposed that natural populations, whether there are more females than males or more males than females, will still have a 1:1 ratio of females to males in their offspring. However, the rate … Continue reading Drought threatens dioecious Populus euphratica

Lizard thermoregulation revisited after two decades of global warming

José Díaz , Raúl Izquierdo-Santiago, Alejandro Llanos-Garrido This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Global warming should have a deep impact on thermoregulation by ectothermic animals such as lizards, because they rely on behavior to select the microhabitats that allow them to keep their body temperature within their preferred -and physiologically optimal- range of temperatures. … Continue reading Lizard thermoregulation revisited after two decades of global warming

Closely related tropical herbs have similar tolerance to high temperatures

Georgia G. Hernández, Timothy M. Perez, Oscar M. Vargas, W. John Kress, Ramón Molina-Bravo, Roberto A. Cordero, Jeffrey R. Seemann, Carlos García-Robledo This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. The tropics are known for their stable temperatures throughout the year. However, temperatures greatly vary among the vast mosaic of habitats within the tropics. It is … Continue reading Closely related tropical herbs have similar tolerance to high temperatures

Functional traits and tree demographic properties: a case study in subtropical monsoon forests

Pengcheng He, Juyu Lian, Qing Ye, Hui Liu, Yi Zheng, Kailiang Yu, Shidan Zhu, Ronghua Li, Deyi Yin, Wanhui Ye, Ian J. Wright This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Functional traits are plant attributes that can reflect plant life-history processes such as carbon acquisition, water transport and nutrient cycling, and include features associated with … Continue reading Functional traits and tree demographic properties: a case study in subtropical monsoon forests

Changes in forest structure favour wood-living beetle species with certain traits

Lukas Drag, Ryan C. Burner, Jörg G. Stephan, Tone Birkemoe, Inken Doerfler, Martin M. Gossner, Paul Magdon, Otso Ovaskainen, Mária Potterf, Peter Schall, Tord Snäll, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Wolfgang Weisser, Jörg Müller This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Global climate change is slowly affecting the structure of forests around the world. We know that these … Continue reading Changes in forest structure favour wood-living beetle species with certain traits

Environmental conditions at different spatial scales determine the composition of deadwood beetle assemblages

Felix Neff, Jonas Hagge, Rafael Achury, Didem Ambarlı, Christian Ammer, Peter Schall, Sebastian Seibold, Michael Staab, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Martin M. Gossner This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. How environmental conditions shape assemblages of species is a question at the very core of ecology. Environmental conditions change at different spatial scales and thus affect … Continue reading Environmental conditions at different spatial scales determine the composition of deadwood beetle assemblages