Journal of Animal Ecology

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: Ken Wilson, Ben Sheldon, Jean-Michel Gaillard and Nate Sanders

Impact Factor: 4.504

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/153 (Zoology); 21/144 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2656

Associated Title(s): Functional Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution


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  1. Standard Papers

    1. Resource type influences the effects of reserves and connectivity on ecological functions

      Nicholas A. Yabsley, Andrew D. Olds, Rod M. Connolly, Tyson S. H. Martin, Ben L. Gilby, Paul S. Maxwell, Chantal M. Huijbers, David S. Schoeman and Thomas A. Schlacher

      Article first published online: 28 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12460

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      This paper reports a new and exciting result, that connectivity can enhance recovery of ecosystem functions in conservation areas. The findings are of fundamental significance for all ecosystems because they show that the impact of conservation on ecosystem functioning is contingent on the landscape context in which reserves are situated.

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      Temperature-associated habitat selection in a cold-water marine fish

      Carla Freitas, Esben M. Olsen, Halvor Knutsen, Jon Albretsen and Even Moland

      Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12458

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      This study found that habitat selection of acoustically tagged cod in Skagerrak was highly dynamic and associated with changes in ocean temperature. The study strongly suggests that cod in this region have to trade off food availability against favourable temperature conditions. Future increases in ocean temperature are expected to further influence the spatial behaviour of marine fish, potentially affecting individual fitness and population dynamics. Photo Credit: Øystein Paulsen.

    3. Top predators and habitat complexity alter an intraguild predation module in pond communities

      Thomas L. Anderson and Raymond D. Semlitsch

      Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12462

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      The authors' study tests how top predators and habitat complexity simultaneously affect intraguild predation. Top predators strongly affected the intraguild predator, but habitat had minimal effects. However, synergistic effects among top predators, habitat and the survival of intraguild predators affected the intraguild prey that resulted in complex food web dynamics.

    4. How to capture fish in a school? Effect of successive predator attacks on seabird feeding success

      Andréa Thiebault, Magali Semeria, Christophe Lett and Yann Tremblay

      Article first published online: 20 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12455

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      Using underwater footage, the authors measured the in situ feeding success of Cape gannets in different foraging situations. They showed that their success was not influenced by the size of the targeted fish school, but it was positively influenced by the timing and frequency of attacks from the group of predators.

  2. Forum

    1. Tackling extremes: challenges for ecological and evolutionary research on extreme climatic events

      Liam D. Bailey and Martijn van de Pol

      Article first published online: 14 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12451

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      There has been growing ecological interest on the topic of extreme climatic events, yet there has been no critical discussion of current work. In this paper the authors discuss how to define an extreme event, potential future research questions, and methods to improve research quality.

  3. Standard Papers

    1. Within- and trans-generational effects of herbivores and detritivores on plant performance and reproduction

      Adela González-Megías

      Article first published online: 10 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12453

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      This paper presents the first attempt to date to experimentally predict the joint effects of different herbivores and a detritivore on plant performance and reproduction and of the maternal biotic effects on seeds, juveniles and several transitional stages of the life cycle of the plants.

    2. Resource specialists lead local insect community turnover associated with temperature – analysis of an 18-year full-seasonal record of moths and beetles

      Philip Francis Thomsen, Peter Søgaard Jørgensen, Hans Henrik Bruun, Jan Pedersen, Torben Riis-Nielsen, Krzysztof Jonko, Iwona Słowińska, Carsten Rahbek and Ole Karsholt

      Article first published online: 2 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12452

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      Long-term insect light trapping shows that temperature affinity of diet specialists increased through net gain of hot-dwelling species and net loss of cold-dwelling species. Persistence of cold-dwelling species may have been facilitated by dissimilar phenological response of hot and cold-dwelling species to an expanded growing season. Horse-chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella) and acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) are examples of gained hot-dwelling specialists. Photo credit: Jens Kirkeby (above) and Klaus Bek Nielsen.

    3. Patterns and predictors of β-diversity in the fragmented Brazilian Atlantic forest: a multiscale analysis of forest specialist and generalist birds

      José Carlos Morante-Filho, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez and Deborah Faria

      Article first published online: 28 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12448

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      This study demonstrates that shifts in β-diversity in human-altered tropical landscapes depend on landscape composition, spatial scale and ecological groups. The extirpation of forest specialist birds was compensated by the proliferation of habitat generalist species in the less forested landscape, demonstrating the existence of compensation dynamics in the study system.

    4. Home is where the shell is: predicting turtle home range sizes

      Alex Slavenko, Yuval Itescu, Flora Ihlow and Shai Meiri

      Article first published online: 16 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12446

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      The authors present the most extensive examination of the predictors of home range size in turtles, an oft-neglected ectotherm taxon in such studies. The authors find that energetic requirements probably play a reduced role in determining home range size, and turtle range size allometry is more akin to fish than other tetrapods.

    5. Spatial overlap in a solitary carnivore: support for the land tenure, kinship or resource dispersion hypotheses?

      L. Mark Elbroch, Patrick E. Lendrum, Howard Quigley and Anthony Caragiulo

      Article first published online: 16 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12447

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      Sex and resource distributions explained cougar home range overlap in the Southern Yellowstone Ecosystem. Kinship did not. Results suggest that solitary carnivores may be more tolerant of sharing resources than previously believed and that the resource dispersion hypothesis (typically applied to social species) is also applicable to solitary carnivores.

    6. Cold-seeking behaviour mitigates reproductive losses from fungal infection in Drosophila

      Vicky L. Hunt, Weihao Zhong, Colin D. McClure, David T. Mlynski, Elizabeth M.L. Duxbury, A. Keith Charnley and Nicholas K. Priest

      Article first published online: 16 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12438

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      Behavioural responses to infection are an important part of the host defence system. The authors report for the first time that the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, seeks out colder environmental temperatures during an infection. The authors show that this behaviour facilitates a switch in their life history strategy, from a rapid propagation strategy to a fecundity reduction strategy, which enhances reproductive output at old ages.

    7. Taxonomic and functional composition of arthropod assemblages across contrasting Amazonian forests

      Greg P. A. Lamarre, Bruno Hérault, Paul V. A. Fine, Vincent Vedel, Roland Lupoli, Italo Mesones and Christopher Baraloto

      Article first published online: 16 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12445

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      The authors conducted a comprehensive mass-sampling of arthropod communities to examine how taxonomic and functional composition differed across contrasting Amazonian forest habitats. The broad sampling approach in concert with the first attempt of arthropod functional classification reveals the importance of environmental filtering and biogeographical processes in shaping arthropod community assembly in lowland Amazonian forests.

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      Assessing the structure and temporal dynamics of seabird communities: the challenge of capturing marine ecosystem complexity

      Rocío Moreno, Gabriele Stowasser, Rona A. R. McGill, Stuart Bearhop and Richard A. Phillips

      Article first published online: 6 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12434

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      In the past four decades, barely 20 published studies have attempted to describe seabird communities, only seven of which considered more than 10 species and none monitored temporal changes. This study is the first in recent decades to examine dietary changes in seabird communities over time.

    9. Reefscapes of fear: predation risk and reef hetero-geneity interact to shape herbivore foraging behaviour

      Laura B. Catano, Maria C. Rojas, Ryan J. Malossi, Joseph R. Peters, Michael R. Heithaus, James W. Fourqurean and Deron E. Burkepile

      Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12440

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      The authors take a novel approach to address how predation risk and coral reef structural complexity interact to influence foraging by important herbivores. They examine prey behavioral responses to risk using fibreglass predator decoys anchored to the reef, building a new level of understanding of risk effects in these systems.

    10. Seasonal time constraints reduce genetic variation in life-history traits along a latitudinal gradient

      Szymon Sniegula, Maria J. Golab, Szymon M. Drobniak and Frank Johansson

      Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12442

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      Unlike in most other studies on geographic variation in life history traits, this study shows that genetic variance, and hence evolutionary potential of life history traits systematically decreases as a consequence of selective pressures imposed by seasonal time constraints along a latitudinal gradient.

    11. Effects of management on aquatic tree-hole communities in temperate forests are mediated by detritus amount and water chemistry

      Martin M. Gossner, Peggy Lade, Anja Rohland, Nora Sichardt, Tiemo Kahl, Jürgen Bauhus, Wolfgang W. Weisser and Jana S. Petermann

      Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12437

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      This paper focuses on the mechanisms underlying the negative effects of forest management intensity on diversity and functional composition of arthropods. This not only improves our understanding of community assembly, but also helps to improve conservation strategies aiming at reducing ongoing species loss.

    12. Multiple mating reveals complex patterns of assortative mating by personality and body size

      Pierre-Olivier Montiglio, Tina W. Wey, Ann T. Chang, Sean Fogarty and Andrew Sih

      Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12436

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      The authors analyses reveal that multiple, distinct patterns of non-random mating can be simultaneously at play within a population and stresses the importance of accounting for variation in partner availability. This study also demonstrates the influence of behavioural variation on mating patterns, a topic much debated but still rarely studied empirically.

    13. Experimental manipulation of floral scent bouquets restructures flower–visitor interactions in the field

      Anne-Amélie C. Larue, Robert A. Raguso and Robert R. Junker

      Article first published online: 2 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12441

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      Recently, network research moved from descriptive to mechanistic studies asking questions about the functional foundation of species interactions and community composition. This study is the first that directly characterizes the effect of an individual trait (floral scent bouquets) on the quantitative and qualitative distribution of plant-animal interactions allowing conclusions about their co-evolution and the maintenance of biodiversity.

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      Causes and consequences of repeatability, flexibility and individual fine-tuning of migratory timing in pike

      Petter Tibblin, Anders Forsman, Tobias Borger and Per Larsson

      Article first published online: 28 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12439

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      This study provides rare evidence of phenotypic correlates and fitness consequences of individual variation of migratory timing in an aquatic top-predatory fish.

    15. Edge effects and geometric constraints: a landscape-level empirical test

      Suzy E. Ribeiro, Jayme A. Prevedello, Ana Cláudia Delciellos and Marcus Vinícius Vieira

      Article first published online: 18 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12430

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      This was the first study designed to quantify edge effects incorporating geometric constraints. The results show that this incorporation is necessary to properly interpret edge effects, and that geometric constraints alone are unlikely to explain the variability in edge responses of a same species among different areas.

    16. Spatial scale and movement behaviour traits control the impacts of habitat fragmentation on individual fitness

      Lorenzo Cattarino, Clive A. McAlpine and Jonathan R. Rhodes

      Article first published online: 14 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12427

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      The authors demonstrated that the impact of habitat fragmentation on individual fitness depends on the scale at which fragmentation occurs and the frequency with which individuals move within and between foraging areas. The finding suggests that (1) fragmentation should be managed at multiple scales, and that (2) the relative importance of managing fragmentation at each scale depends on key movement characteristics of the species of conservation concern.

    17. Immunosenescence and the ability to survive bacterial infection in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum

      Imroze Khan, Arun Prakash and Deepa Agashe

      Article first published online: 14 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12433

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      Commonly measured innate immune traits are poor predictors of age-related changes in post-infection survival.

    18. Adaptive strategies in nocturnally migrating insects and songbirds: contrasting responses to wind

      Jason W. Chapman, Cecilia Nilsson, Ka S. Lim, Johan Bäckman, Don R. Reynolds and Thomas Alerstam

      Article first published online: 17 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12420

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      Migratory songbirds and moths must cope with challenging wind conditions during their long journeys. This paper is the first quantitative comparison of the flight strategies these two groups of migrants employ in relation to winds, and sheds light on the ecology and evolution of their migration strategies.

  4. Special Feature: Stuck In Motion? Reconnecting Questions And Tools In Movement Ecology

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      Predicting the continuum between corridors and barriers to animal movements using Step Selection Functions and Randomized Shortest Paths

      Manuela Panzacchi, Bram Van Moorter, Olav Strand, Marco Saerens, Ilkka Kivimäki, Colleen C. St. Clair, Ivar Herfindal and Luigi Boitani

      Article first published online: 6 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12386

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      Movement corridors and barriers are two sides of the same coin. The authors model the multi-scale cognitive maps by which animals likely navigate real landscapes, and identify corridor-barrier continua for animals adopting sub-optimal, but non-random, movement strategies. The approach generalizes the most common algorithms for identifying corridors, and allows predicting corridor-barrier continua with increased realism.

    2. Movement is the glue connecting home ranges and habitat selection

      Bram Van Moorter, Christer M. Rolandsen, Mathieu Basille and Jean-Michel Gaillard

      Article first published online: 30 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12394

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      The two core properties of movement are patch departure and patch choice. These two movement processes connect an animal's home range and habitat selection patterns as two sides of a coin. A large set of moose GPS-tracking data supported well most of our predictions.

    3. What is the animal doing? Tools for exploring behavioural structure in animal movements

      Eliezer Gurarie, Chloe Bracis, Maria Delgado, Trevor D. Meckley, Ilpo Kojola and C. Michael Wagner

      Article first published online: 23 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12379

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      Identifying unique behaviours from animal movement data is a fundamental challenge. To help practitioners navigate a bewildering array of available tools, the authors review a range of approaches and apply them to data sets, identifying unique strengths and potential pitfalls. The authors conclude with basic principles for exploratory analysis of behavioural changes.

  5. Special Feature Review: Stuck In Motion? Reconnecting Questions And Tools In Movement Ecology

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      Can habitat selection predict abundance?

      Mark S. Boyce, Chris J. Johnson, Evelyn H. Merrill, Scott E. Nielsen, Erling J. Solberg and Bram van Moorter

      Article first published online: 16 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12359

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      Habitat is fundamental to the distribution and abundance of animals. The authors show how habitat selection models can be linked to population size thereby creating a direct link between habitats and population ecology.

  6. Special Feature: Stuck In Motion? Reconnecting Questions And Tools In Movement Ecology

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      ‘You shall not pass!’: quantifying barrier permeability and proximity avoidance by animals

      Hawthorne L. Beyer, Eliezer Gurarie, Luca Börger, Manuela Panzacchi, Mathieu Basille, Ivar Herfindal, Bram Van Moorter, Subhash R. Lele and Jason Matthiopoulos

      Article first published online: 25 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12275

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      Here, the authors develop a framework for simultaneously quantifying the effects of habitat preference, barrier permeability and intrinsic movement ability on space use, based on a time series of telemetry locations. This approach provides insight into the effects of barriers on animal distribution and movement.


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