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Edited By: Miguel Araújo. Deputy Editors-in-Chief Nathan Sanders, Jens-Christian Svenning and Catherine Graham

Impact Factor: 4.207

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 6/42 (Biodiversity Conservation); 25/141 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1600-0587

Editors' Choice

The following articles have been selected by the Editors as ones of particular interest or high quality - read the latest picks for free online now!

From current issue:

Adopting a spatially explicit perspective to study the mysterious fairy circles of Namibia
Stephan Getzin, Kerstin Wiegand, Thorsten Wiegand, Hezi Yizhaq, Jost von Hardenberg and Ehud Meron

Previous Editor's Choice Articles:

Quo vadis amphibia? Global warming and breeding phenology in frogs, toads and salamanders
Geoffrey M. While and Tobias Uller

Using trait and phylogenetic diversity to evaluate the generality of the stress-dominance hypothesis in eastern North American tree communities Jessica R. Coyle, Fletcher W. Halliday, Bianca E. Lopez, Kyle A. Palmquist, Peter A. Wilfahrt and Allen H. Hurlbert

Diversity and phylogenetic community structure of ants along a Costa Rican elevational gradient
M. Alex Smith, Winnie Hallwachs and Daniel H. Janzen

Integrating phylogenetic community structure with species distribution models: an example with plants of rock barrens
Oluwatobi A. Oke, Stephen B. Heard and Jeremy T. Lundholm

The richness–heterogeneity relationship differs between heterogeneity measures within and among habitats
Avi Bar-Massada and Eric M. Wood

Spatial ecology of large herbivore populations
Norman Owen-Smith

Scale dependency in the functional form of the distance decay relationship
Jeffrey C. Nekola and Brian J. McGill

Can antibrowsing defense regulate the spread of woody vegetation in arctic tundra?
John P. Bryant, Kyle Joly, F. Stuart Chapin III, Donald L. DeAngelis and Knut Kielland

Phylogenetic imputation of plant functional trait databases
Nathan G. Swenson

The biogeographic history of ruminant faunas determines the phylogenetic structure of their assemblages at different scales
Juan L. Cantalapiedra, Manuel Hernández Fernández and Jorge Morales

Global patterns and predictors of tropical reef fish species richness
V. Parravicini, M. Kulbicki, D. R. Bellwood, A. M. Friedlander, J. E. Arias-Gonzalez, P. Chabanet, S. R. Floeter, R. Myers, L. Vigliola, S. D’Agata and D. Mouillot

Landscape of fear in Europe: wolves affect spatial patterns of ungulate browsing in Białowieża Primeval Forest, Poland
D. P. J. Kuijper, C. de Kleine, M. Churski, P. van Hooft, J. Bubnicki and B. Jędrzejewska

Predicting current and future spatial community patterns of plant functional traits
Anne Dubuis, Leila Rossier, Julien Pottier, Loïc Pellissier, Pascal Vittoz, Antoine Guisan

Phylogeography: spanning the ecology-evolution continuum
Katharine Ann Marske, Carsten Rahbek, David Nogués-Bravo

A practical guide to MaxEnt for modeling species’ distributions: what it does, and why inputs and settings matter
Cory Merow, Matthew J. Smith and John A. Silander Jr

Adult age of vascular plant species along an elevational land-use and climate gradient
Michael P. Nobis and Fritz H. Schweingruber

Selecting from correlated climate variables: a major source of uncertainty for predicting species distributions under climate change
Veronika Braunisch, Joy Coppes, Raphaël Arlettaz, Rudi Suchant, Hans Schmid and Kurt Bollmann

Dispersal modes affect tropical forest assembly across trophic levels
Lydia Beaudrot, Marcel Rejmánek and Andrew J. Marshall

Inference from presence-only data; the ongoing controversy
Trevor Hastie and Will Fithian

Predicting range shifts under global change: the balance between local adaptation and dispersal
Alexander Kubisch, Tobias Degen, Thomas Hovestadt and Hans Joachim Poethke

Improving species distribution models using biotic interactions: a case study of parasites, pollinators and plants
Tereza Cristina Giannini, Daniel S. Chapman, Antonio Mauro Saraiva, Isabel Alves-dos-Santos and Jacobus C. Biesmeijer

Do ecological differences between taxonomic groups influence the relationship between species’ distributions and climate? A global meta-analysis using species distribution models
Heather M. Kharouba, Jenny L. McCune, Wilfried Thuiller and Brian Huntley

Species loss and gain in communities under future climate change: consequences for functional diversity
Rachael V. Gallagher, Lesley Hughes and Michelle R. Leishman

Phylogenetic alpha and beta diversities of butterfly communities correlate with climate in the western Swiss Alps
Loïc Pellissier, Nadir Alvarez, Anahí Espíndola, Julien Pottier, Anne Dubuis, Jean-Nicolas Pradervand and Antoine Guisan

Quantifying island isolation – insights from global patterns of insular plant species richness
Patrick Weigelt and Holger Kreft

Migratory strategies of waterbirds shape the continental-scale dispersal of aquatic organisms
Duarte S. Viana, Luis Santamaría, Thomas C. Michot and Jordi Figuerola

Problems with using large-scale oceanic climate indices to compare climatic sensitivities across populations and species
Martijn van de Pol, Lyanne Brouwer, Lesley C. Brooker, Michael G. Brooker, Diane Colombelli-Négrel, Michelle L. Hall, Naomi E. Langmore, Anne Peters, Stephen Pruett-Jones, Eleanor M. Russell, Michael S. Webster, Andrew Cockburn

The assembly of tropical tree communities – the advances and shortcomings of phylogenetic and functional trait analyses
Nathan G. Swenson

Oligarchies in Amazonian tree communities: a ten-year review
Nigel C. A. Pitman, Miles R. Silman, John W. Terborgh

Multiple site dissimilarity quantifies compositional heterogeneity among several sites, while average pairwise dissimilarity may be misleading
Andrés Baselga

Modelling niche and neutral dynamics: on the ecological interpretation of variation partitioning results
Hanna Tuomisto, Lasse Ruokolainen and Kalle Ruokolainen

Functional responses in the habitat selection of a generalist mega-herbivore, the African savannah elephant
C. L. Roever, R. J. van Aarde and K. Leggett

How do species interactions affect species distribution models?
William Godsoe, Luke J. Harmon

Frugivore behaviour determines plant distribution: a spatially-explicit analysis of a plant-disperser interaction
Javier Rodríguez-Pérez, Thorsten Wiegand, Luis Santamaria

A comparative evaluation of pairwise nestedness measures
János Podani, Dénes Schmera

Spatial scaling of species abundance distributions
Luís Borda-de-Água, Paulo A. V. Borges, Stephen P. Hubbell, Henrique M. Pereira

On the selection of phylogenetic eigenvectors for ecological analyses
Jose Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, Luis Mauricio Bini, Thiago Fernando Rangel, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, Miguel Á. Olalla-Tárraga, Miguel Á. Rodríguez, Bradford A. Hawkins

Island, archipelago and taxon effects: mixed models as a means of dealing with the imperfect design of nature's experiments
Nils Bunnefeld, Albert B. Phillimore