Journal of Animal Ecology

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

Edited By: Ken Wilson, Tim Coulson, Jean-Michel Gaillard and Ben Sheldon

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. The sign of cascading predator effects varies with prey traits in a detrital system

      Xinwei Wu, John N. Griffin, Xinqiang Xi and Shucun Sun

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12403

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      The authors show that prey locomotion traits can determine the sign of cascading species interactions in a detrital system for the first time. This may stimulate both further tests of the presented hypothesis in other detrital systems and research into the importance of prey movement traits for trophic cascades more generally.

    2. Diet complexity in early life affects survival in released pheasants by altering foraging efficiency, food choice, handling skills and gut morphology

      Mark A. Whiteside, Rufus Sage and Joah R. Madden

      Article first published online: 25 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12401

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      A more natural diet early in life enhances survival of released pheasants. A more complex diet improves prey handling skills, increases foraging efficiency, reduces reliance on human-supplied food and alters gut structure. Simple changes to early life conditions promote a broad suite of adaptations in adults.

  2. 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.

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

    1. ‘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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