Journal of Animal Ecology

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

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/161 (Zoology); 18/150 (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. Climatic conditions produce contrasting influences on demographic traits in a long-distance Arctic migrant

      Ian R. Cleasby, Thomas W. Bodey, Freydis Vigfusdottir, Jenni L. McDonald, Graham McElwaine, Kerry Mackie, Kendrew Colhoun and Stuart Bearhop

      Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12623

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      The article provides a truly integrated analysis of the effect of climate on the demography of a long-distance migrant at the scale of the flyway population. We found that different demographic traits responded to the climate in opposing ways, highlighting the complexity of predicting population responses to climate change. Photo credit: F. Vigfusdottir.

    2. Combining familiarity and landscape features helps break down the barriers between movements and home ranges in a non-territorial large herbivore

      Pascal Marchand, Mathieu Garel, Gilles Bourgoin, Antoine Duparc, Dominique Dubray, Daniel Maillard and Anne Loison

      Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12616

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      Revealing memory/familiarity preferences and the overwhelming influence of landscape features on the spatial ecology of Mediterranean mouflon, this paper provides crucial information on landscape connectivity in a context of marked habitat fragmentation and could help identifying the mechanisms underlying the emergence and maintenance of home ranges in non-territorial animals.

  2. Corrigendum

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      Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12631

      This article corrects:

      Impacts of breeder loss on social structure, reproduction and population growth in a social canid

      Vol. 84, Issue 1, 177–187, Version of Record online: 7 JUL 2014

  3. Standard Papers

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      The long-term population dynamics of common wasps in their native and invaded range

      Philip J. Lester, John Haywood, Michael E. Archer and Chris R. Shortall

      Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12622

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      Common wasps can be abundant and damaging pests. This study shows that the year-to-year variation in wasp numbers is governed by similar factors in the native and introduced range. High numbers in ‘wasp years’ are due to a lower abundance of wasps in the previous year and ideal spring weather conditions.

    2. Experimental evidence for sexual selection against inbred males

      Regina Vega-Trejo, Megan L. Head, J. Scott Keogh and Michael D. Jennions

      Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12615

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      Few studies determine the extent to which inbreeding depression in males is due to natural or sexual selection. The lower reproductive success of inbred males in this study can most parsimoniously be attributed to inbreeding negatively affecting sexually selected traits that affect male mating success and/or sperm competitiveness. Photo credit: Damien Esquerré.

    3. Climatic conditions cause spatially dynamic polygyny thresholds in a large mammal

      Jeffrey A. Manning and Philip D. McLoughlin

      Version of Record online: 13 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12608

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      This article presents a sophisticated new approach to quantify spatially explicit polygyny thresholds along a resource gradient, providing the basis by which to estimate where along an environmental gradient a polygyny threshold emerges, as well as the relative importance of various environmental factors as determinants of the polygyny process.

    4. Seal mothers expend more on offspring under favourable conditions and less when resources are limited

      Clive R. McMahon, Robert G. Harcourt, Harry R. Burton, Owen Daniel and Mark A. Hindell

      Version of Record online: 12 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12611

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      The authors found that seal mothers expended more on offspring when conditions were favourable, but that small mothers benefited more than larger mothers that were already producing larger pups. This is because there is a survival cost of being too large so that the largest pups like their smallest contemporaries suffer greater mortality than averaged sized pups.

    5. Correlational selection on personality and social plasticity: morphology and social context determine behavioural effects on mating success

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

      Version of Record online: 12 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12610

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      Unlike most sexual selection studies, the authors aim to quantify the importance of phenotype- and context-dependent selection (or correlational selection) on mating success. They test the hypothesis that interactions between multiple traits within an individual or between an individual's phenotype and its social environment can select for individual differences in behaviour and social plasticity.

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      Intrapopulation variability in the timing of ontogenetic habitat shifts in sea turtles revealed using δ15N values from bone growth rings

      Calandra N. Turner Tomaszewicz, Jeffrey A. Seminoff, S. Hoyt Peckham, Larisa Avens and Carolyn M. Kurle

      Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12618

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      This article combines skeletochronology with stable isotope analysis of annual bone growth layers to assess the variability in the size/age at which endangered juvenile North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles undergo an ontogenetic habitat shift between two disparate developmental foraging habitats, one of which is a sink habitat.

    7. Precipitation alters interactions in a grassland ecological community

      Nicolas Deguines, Justin S. Brashares and Laura R. Prugh

      Version of Record online: 4 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12614

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      The authors examined the community-wide effects of precipitation in a semi-arid grassland. Precipitation had strong direct effects on faunal groups and altered the sign or strength of several consumer-resource and facilitative interactions among the faunal community. Changes in precipitation can strongly affect animal communities via pathways that have largely been overlooked.

    8. Does movement behaviour predict population densities? A test with 25 butterfly species

      Cheryl B. Schultz, B. Guy Pe'er, Christine Damiani, Leone Brown and Elizabeth E. Crone

      Version of Record online: 4 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12609

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      In accordance with general theory, diffusion predicted density for 25 butterfly species across 4 land cover types. Movement and dispersal may depend on landscape context more than species identity, and areas with high diffusion and low densities may be effective conduits for movement.

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      Temporal shifts and temperature sensitivity of avian spring migratory phenology: a phylogenetic meta-analysis

      Takuji Usui, Stuart H. M. Butchart and Albert B. Phillimore

      Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12612

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      Advances in avian migration phenology over time and with rising temperatures exhibit substantial intra- and interspecific variation. The authors conduct an extensive phylogenetic meta-analysis allowing us to identify key predictors and variance components of the phenological response, and whether this sensitivity to temperature increase may be phylogenetically conserved.

    10. Bottom-up and trait-mediated effects of resource quality on amphibian parasitism

      Jeffrey P. Stephens, Karie A. Altman, Keith A. Berven, Scott D. Tiegs and Thomas R. Raffel

      Version of Record online: 27 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12613

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      This study demonstrates how the theory of ecological stoichiometry can be used to successfully predict the outcomes of complex host–parasite interactions in aquatic ecosystems when the quality of basal resources is known.

    11. Fast–slow life history is correlated with individual differences in movements and prey selection in an aquatic predator in the wild

      Shinnosuke Nakayama, Tobias Rapp and Robert Arlinghaus

      Version of Record online: 14 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12603

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      This study demonstrates a link between life history and behaviour in the wild. Perch with a fast life history were found to show risk-prone behaviour, such as prolonged activity, frequent activity changes and reliance on prey in riskier habitats, supporting that the pace-of-life syndrome extends to encompass behaviour.

  4. Allee Effects in Ecology and Evolution

    1. Genetic Allee effects and their interaction with ecological Allee effects

      Meike J. Wittmann, Hanna Stuis and Dirk Metzler

      Version of Record online: 10 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12598

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      The modeling results indicate that inbreeding depression can produce a strong Allee effect where populations below a certain critical size tend to go extinct. Such genetic Allee effects can interact with ecological Allee effects, for example those due to mate-finding difficulties, to increase the extinction risk of small populations.

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      Seasonal detours by soaring migrants shaped by wind regimes along the East Atlantic Flyway

      Wouter M. G. Vansteelant, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Willem van Manen, Jan van Diermen and Willem Bouten

      Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12593

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      Many migrating birds engage in seasonal detours during migration. The authors show how a Palearctic soaring migrant initiates a detour into a headwind at the start of spring migration in anticipation of tailwinds later on in its journey.


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