Ecology Letters

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Editor-in-Chief : Tim Coulson

Impact Factor: 10.772

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/150 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1461-0248


Ecology Letters in the News

Original Paper: Not all types of host contacts are equal when it comes to E. coli transmission
Featured in: Shanghai Daily

Original Paper:Partner manipulation stabilises a horizontally transmitted mutualism
Featured in: National Geographic.

Original Paper: Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence
Featured in: BBC News (Science and Environment)

Original Paper: Spillover of fish naïveté from marine reserves
Featured in: Nature (News & Views)

Original Paper: Variability in life-history and ecological traits is a buffer against extinction in mammals
Featured in: Science (Editor’s Choice)

Original Paper: Nematomorph parasites indirectly alter the food web and ecosystem function of streams through behavioural manipulation of their cricket hosts
Featured in: Science (Editor's Choice)

Original Paper: Drought-induced shifts in the floristic and functional composition of tropical forests in Ghana
Featured In: BBC News

Original Paper: Gene-flow between niches facilitates local adaptation in sexual populations
Featured in: Voxy

Original Paper: Legacy effects of aboveground–belowground interactions
Featured in:,

Original Paper:Global patterns in the impact of marine herbivores on benthic primary producers
Featured in:, Zee News, The Sticky Tongue Project

Press Release: USF study: Common fungicide wreaks havoc on freshwater ecosystems
Original Paper: Fungicide-induced declines of freshwater biodiversity modify ecosystem functions and services

Press Release: Which plants will survive droughts, climate change?
Original Paper: The determinants of leaf turgor loss point and prediction of drought tolerance of species and biomes: a global meta-analysis
Featured in: The Atlantic Wire, Science 360, Science Daily, Ecofriend, Earthsky

Press Release: Ocean acidification changes the behaviour of baby coral
Original Paper: Ocean acidification reduces coral recruitment by disrupting intimate larval-algal settlement interactions

Press Release: Vomiting caterpillars weigh up costs and benefits of group living
Original Paper: Density-dependent investment in costly anti-predator defences: an explanation for the weak survival benefit of group living
Feature: This is Bristol, National Geographic, Science Daily, The Financial

Press Release: Pollen can protect mahogany from extinction
Original Paper: Shifts in reproductive assurance strategies and inbreeding costs associated with habitat fragmentation in Central American mahogany
Featured in: Science Newsline Nature, e! Science News

Press Release: Fertilization by invasive species threatens nutrient-poor ecosystems
Original Paper: Community scale 15N isoscapes: tracing the spatial impact of an exotic N2-fixing invader
Features: News@Northeastern, ScienceDaily

Press Release: An early spring drives butterfly population declines
Original Paper: A single climate driver has direct and indirect effects on insect population dynamics
Features: New York Times, EarthSky,,, RedOrbit

Press Release: Shortcuts costly when buying conservation from farmers
Original Paper: The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs article: 'Magic mud' on tidal flats key to shorebird populations
Original Paper: Variable and complex food web structures revealed by exploring missing trophic links between birds and biofilm

Michigan Tech News article: Trees Find the Nitrogen They Need, Even in a Super-Size CO2 World
Original Paper: Forest Productivity under Elevated CO2 and O3: Positive Feedbacks to Soil N Cycling Sustain Decade-Long Net Primary Productivity Enhancement by CO2

Deccan Chronicle article: Fit females produce more daughters, weak moms make more sons
Original Paper: Intralocus sexual conflict and offspring sex ratio

Science article: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My…?
Original Paper: Tri-trophic interactions affect density dependence of seed fate in a tropical forest palm

Science article: Just a Few Make a Big Impact
Original Paper: Evolution and coevolution in mutualistic networks

Nature article: Competition counts
Original Paper: Unexpected consequences of control: competitive vs. predator release in a four-species assemblage of invasive mammals

Nature article: Ecology: Pollination drives floral clock
Original Paper: Linné’s floral clock is slow without pollinators – flower closure and plant-pollinator interaction webs

BBC Nature article: Sexually showy birds age faster
National Geographic article: Sexually Showy Male Birds Finish Early
Original Paper: Sexually extravagant males age more rapidly

Science Editor's Choice: Diversity Takes Time
Original Paper: Phylogenetic origins of local-scale diversity patterns and the causes of Amazonian megadiversity

Science article: Minding Their Ps and Ns
Original paper: The origins of the Redfield nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratio are in a homoeostatic protein-to-rRNA ratio

Media Newswire: UGA researchers find evidence of criticality in North American gypsy moth invasion
Original Paper: Critical patch size generated by Allee effect in gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (L.)

Softpedia: Alarmed by the Invisible Invasive Species
Original Paper: Invisible invaders: non-pathogenic invasive microbes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Insciences Organisation: Location! Location! Location! Some coral reefs less vulnerable to rising sea temperatures
Original paper: Reserve design for uncertain responses of coral reefs to climate change

Faculty of 1000
is celebrating the publication of it's 100,000th recommendation with the publication of a video interview.
The article evaluated (published in Ecology Letters in December 2010) comes from Guillermo Diaz-Pulido and colleagues in Brisbane and was rated a 'Must Read'.

View Video online
View recommendation by Mark Hay

Faculty of 1000 recommended articles

Phylogenetic diversity and the functioning of ecosystems
Srivastava DS, Cadotte MW, MacDonald AA, Marushia RG, Mirotchnick N, Mooers A.
View Recommendation by 6 Recommended Ferdinando Boero and Stanislao Bevilacqua

Ecosystem services altered by human changes in the nitrogen cycle: a new perspective for US decision making
Compton JE, Harrison JA, Dennis RL, Greaver TL, Hill BH, Jordan SJ, Walker H, Campbell HV.
View Recommendation by Elena Bennett and Graham MacDonald

Carbon dioxide supersaturation promotes primary production in lakes
M. Jansson , J Karlsson, A. Jonsson
View Recommendation by Ruben Sommaruga

Warming, CO(2) , and nitrogen deposition interactively affect a plant-pollinator mutualism
Hoover SE, Ladley JJ, Shchepetkina AA, Tisch M, Gieseg SP, Tylianakis JM
View Recommendation by Rachael Winfree and Ignasi Bartomeus

What causes latitudinal gradients in species diversity? Evolutionary processes and ecological constraints on swallowtail biodiversity
Condamine FL, Sperling FA, Wahlberg N, Rasplus JY, Kergoat GJ
View Recommendation by Andrew Clarke

The ecological causes of individual specialisation
Araújo MS, Bolnick DI, Layman CA
View Recommendation by Mark Hay

Soil fungal pathogens and the relationship between plant diversity and productivity
Maron JL, Marler M, Klironomos JN, Cleveland CC
View Recommendation by Valerie Eviner

Phylogenetic limiting similarity and competitive exclusion
Cyrille Violle, Diana R. Nemergut, Zhichao Pu, Lin Jiang
View Recommendation by Bernhard Schmid

Spread of North American wind-dispersed trees in future environments
Ran Nathan, Nir Horvitz, Yanping He, Anna Kuparinen, Frank M. Schurr, Gabriel G. Katul
View Recommendation by Ferdinando Boero

Evidence for trans-generational medication in nature
Thierry Lefèvre, Lindsay Oliver, Mark D. Hunter, Jacobus C. De Roode

High CO2 enhances the competitive strength of seaweeds over corals
Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Marine Gouezo, Bronte Tilbrook, Sophie Dove, Kenneth R. N. Anthony
View recommendation by Etienne Joly

Enhanced root exudation induces microbial feedbacks to N cycling in a pine forest under long-term CO2 fumigation
RP Phillips, AC Finzi, ES Bernhardt
View recommendation by Noah Fierer

Suppression of herbivory by macroalgal density: a critical feedback on coral reefs?
AS Hoey, DR Bellwood
View recommendation by Andrew Baird

Evidence for trans-generational medication in nature
Lefèvre T, Oliver L, Hunter MD, De Roode JC
View recommendations by Caroline Rose and Knut Kielland

Opposing effects of competitive exclusion on the phylogenetic structure of communities
Margaret M. Mayfield, Jonathan M. Levine
View recommendation by Ferdinando Boero

Trade-offs and the evolution of life-histories during range expansion
Olivia J. Burton, Ben L. Phillips, Justin M. J. Travis
View recommendation by Kirk Maloney

Ecology of arthritis
Peterson RO, Vucetich JA, Fenton G, Drummer TD, Larsen CS
View recommendation by Knut Kielland

Organismal traits are more important than environment for species interactions in the intertidal zone
Wood SA, Lilley SA, Schiel DR, Shurin JB
View recommendation by John Harte

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