Ecology and Evolution

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Editors-in-Chief: Allen Moore, University of Georgia, USA and Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield, UK

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 85/140 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 2045-7758

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      In situ tagging technique for fishes provides insight into growth and movement of invasive lionfish

      John L. Akins, James A. Morris Jr and Stephanie J. Green

      Article first published online: 10 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1171

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      Using invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans/P. miles), we demonstrate a novel technique for applying external streamer and dart tags in situ, using SCUBA divers to capture and tag fish on the sea floor without the use of anesthetic. We tagged 161 individuals inhabiting 26 coral reef locations in the Bahamas over a period of 3 years and documented no instances of barotrauma, reduced handling and recovery time, and minimal release displacement compared with conventional ex situ tag application.

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      Trade-offs in seedling growth and survival within and across tropical forest microhabitats

      Faith Inman-Narahari, Rebecca Ostertag, Gregory P. Asner, Susan Cordell, Stephen P. Hubbell and Lawren Sack

      Article first published online: 9 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1196

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      Seedling performance trade-offs in Hawaiian wet forest.

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      Species-specific differences in relative eye size are related to patterns of edge avoidance in an Amazonian rainforest bird community

      Cristina Martínez-Ortega, Eduardo S.A. Santos and Diego Gil

      Article first published online: 8 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1194

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      In the Amazonian rain forest, strong differences in light conditions exist between the edge and the interior of the forest. Bird species in this areas differ in the extent to which they avoid borders and favour the interior of the forest. Here we show that birds that avoid forest edges have larger eyes for their size, and this presumably help them dwell in dim light conditions.

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      Estimating the spatial distribution of wintering little brown bat populations in the eastern United States

      Robin E. Russell, Karl Tinsley, Richard A. Erickson, Wayne E. Thogmartin and Jennifer Szymanski

      Article first published online: 7 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1215

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      We estimate the spatial distribution of overwintering little brown bats in the eastern United States using Poisson regression, expert opinion, incomplete observations, and simulation models. We incorporate uncertainty in population size and model construction into our estimates.

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      Landscape variability explains spatial pattern of population structure of northern pike (Esox lucius) in a large fluvial system

      Geneviève Ouellet-Cauchon, Marc Mingelbier, Frédéric Lecomte and Louis Bernatchez

      Article first published online: 3 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1121

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      In this study, we document the landscape genetics of northern pike (Esox lucius), based on the analysis of nearly 3000 individuals from 40 sampling sites using 22 microsatellites along the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River system (750 km) that locally presents diverse degrees of interannual water level variation. Genetic structure over the whole study area was globally very weak but spatially variable and water masses, man-made dams and local level of interannual water level stability were positively associated to the extent of genetic differentiation. As water level variation impacts on yearly quality and localization of northern pike spawning habitats, local habitat variability caused by interannual water level variation seems to locally decrease population genetic structure by forcing fish to move over longer distances to find suitable habitat.

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