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Effects of temperature and resource level on interspecific interactions in two species of Odonata larvae

  •  13 June 2024

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We tested how temperature and resource density affect survival and growth in the larval stage of two coexisting odonates, the damselfly Lestes sponsa and the dragonfly Sympetrum vulgatum. Our results imply that resource levels interact with temperature to affect interactions between the species. Theoretical studies should consider these effects when making predictions on changes in species distribution in light of climate change.

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Different facets of alpha and beta diversity of benthic diatoms along stream watercourse in a large near‐natural catchment

  •  13 June 2024

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We explore the effects of watercourse position, common and rare species on taxonomic and functional alpha, and beta diversity in a large near-natural catchment. In addition, we also reveal the underlying potential mechanisms.

NATURE NOTES
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Meal or mate: Exploring the evidence of sexual cannibalism among amphibians

  •  12 June 2024

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Sexual cannibalism is a form of conspecific predation among adults, typically committed by females that consume potential or actual mating partners. We provide an observation of cannibalism involving an adult female green and golden bell frog, Litoria aurea, preying on a conspecific adult male during the species' breeding season. By comparing our observation to the available literature, we show that adult–adult cannibalism among amphibians is rare but tends to be committed by females against their male counterparts and propose that amphibians possess traits that may promote the evolution of sexual cannibalism.

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Trends in research approaches and gender in plant ecology dissertations over four decades

  •  11 June 2024

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Recently, some researchers have raised concerns over the apparent rise of big data studies and the decline of field observations in ecology. But to what extent is this change occurring? Using plant ecology dissertations as a test case, we quantified trends in research methodologies and found that observational studies continue to dominate, even though newer methods have nudged their way in.

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Age structure and body size of two Tibetan toad (Bufo tibetanus) populations from different elevations in China

  •  11 June 2024

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Life-history traits, such as age and body size, can evolve in response to climate variations along elevational gradients. We found the Tibetan toad (Bufo tibetanus) exhibits a slow life history at high elevations, with females being older and larger than males, and individuals from higher elevations being older and larger than those from lower elevations. This suggests that factors other than age, such as elevation-associated temperature, can influence latitudinal patterns in body size.

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Choosing and using diversity indices: insights for ecological applications from the German Biodiversity Exploratories

  •  3514-3524
  •  28 August 2014

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Biodiversity is a difficult concept to quantify, partly because of its multidimensional nature, and many simple to complex indices have been developed for this purpose. We collected data on diversity of herbaceous plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, aboveground arthropods, belowground insect larvae, and Plantago lanceolata molecular and chemical diversity in 60 temperate grasslands and calculated a variety of simple to complex diversity indices for each (S, H', D1, D2, E, BP). While these common diversity indices appeared interchangeable in simple analyses quantifying changes in diversity, when quantifying interactions between diversities the conclusions varied with the index chosen.

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Animal movement tools (amt): R package for managing tracking data and conducting habitat selection analyses

  •  880-890
  •  5 February 2019

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New tracking technologies allow users to collect large amount of data and address entirely new questions. The amt (animal movement tools) R package provides tools to manage telemetry data and to fit step-selection functions and resource-selection functions.

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On the selection of thresholds for predicting species occurrence with presence‐only data

  •  337-348
  •  29 December 2015

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Applied ecological problems such as climate change impacts, invasive species impacts, reintroduction sites identification, and conservation planning often require binary models of distributions, and a threshold is needed to transform the continuous results into a binary product, from which species prevalence can be estimated. However, the bias in this estimation (as shown here from threshold selection method maxF) can be very large if the accuracy of the models is not high enough.

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EasyCodeML: A visual tool for analysis of selection using CodeML

  •  3891-3898
  •  1 March 2019

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EasyCodeML is an interactive visual tool for detecting selection in molecular evolutionary analysis. It implements the major codon-based models of CodeML in a simple and user-friendly interface.

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Reconceptualizing synergism and antagonism among multiple stressors

  •  1538-1547
  •  11 March 2015

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The potential for complex synergistic or antagonistic interactions among multiple stressors presents one of the largest uncertainties when predicting ecological change but, despite common use of the terms in the scientific literature, a consensus on their operational definition is still lacking. We propose a new systematic classification and emphasize the need for reconsideration by the ecological community of the interpretation of synergism and antagonism in situations where individual stressor effects oppose each other or where cumulative effects are reversed and enhanced.

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How low can you go? Introducing SeXY: sex identification from low‐quantity sequencing data despite lacking assembled sex chromosomes

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We present a novel pipeline for sex identification (SeXY) in non-model organisms that lack high-quality genomes, or that lack available comparative genomic data sets. SeXY accurately determines sex when at least 50,000 mapped reads are available, even when using only a highly fragmented assembly as reference (scaffold N50 of 161 kb). When higher-quality reference genome assemblies (scaffold N50 30 Mb) are used, SeXY provides 100% accuracy even down to 1000 mapped reads, bypassing the need for often expensive high-effort shotgun sequencing.

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Vangunu giant rat (Uromys vika) survives in the Zaira Community Resource Management Area, Solomon Islands

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Described in 2017 and known only from the holotype, Uromys vika is one of the world's most data-poor rodent species. However, a deep traditional ecological knowledge of U. vika is held by Vangunu's people. Using camera traps and guided by this knowledge, we successfully captured 95 images of what we postulate is four different individuals.

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A new species of spider of the genus Sadala Simon, 1880 (Araneae, Sparassidae) from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador

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The first species of spider of the genus Sadala is described from Ecuador. The new species was discovered at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, a research station in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador.

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Multiple lines of evidence suggest the persistence of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) in Louisiana

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The last widely accepted sighting of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in continental North America occurred in 1944. Here, we present evidence suggesting the presence of this species at our study site in Louisiana. Using multiple lines of evidence, including visual observations, acoustic recordings, trail camera photographs, and drone videos, our data suggest intermittent but repeated presence of multiple individual birds with field marks and behaviors consistent with those of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.

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Paint it black: Efficacy of increased wind turbine rotor blade visibility to reduce avian fatalities

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Conflicts with birdlife hamper the development of wind energy worldwide. Mitigation measures that reduce the risk of collision by making the rotor blades more conspicuous therefore need to be thoroughly tested. Using a Before–After–Control–Impact approach employing long-term fatality searches, the annual number of bird carcasses per turbine was significantly reduced at the turbines with a painted blade by over 70%, relative to the neighboring control (i.e., unpainted) turbines.

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The nature of science: The fundamental role of natural history in ecology, evolution, conservation, and education

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Natural history research is crucial for any competitive science curriculum, but it faces a wide array of challenges in the current academic environment, including a critical lack of funding and support. In this paper, we review the critical importance of natural history science for studying evolution, ecology, conservation, the earth science, as well as its role in creating a scientifically literate society.

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Why students do not turn on their video cameras during online classes and an equitable and inclusive plan to encourage them to do so

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Students were asked why they chose not to turn on their cameras during synchronous class meetings held via Zoom. Their responses influenced a strategy for encouraging them to do so.

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Choosing and using diversity indices: insights for ecological applications from the German Biodiversity Exploratories

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Biodiversity is a difficult concept to quantify, partly because of its multidimensional nature, and many simple to complex indices have been developed for this purpose. We collected data on diversity of herbaceous plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, aboveground arthropods, belowground insect larvae, and Plantago lanceolata molecular and chemical diversity in 60 temperate grasslands and calculated a variety of simple to complex diversity indices for each (S, H', D1, D2, E, BP). While these common diversity indices appeared interchangeable in simple analyses quantifying changes in diversity, when quantifying interactions between diversities the conclusions varied with the index chosen.

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BartonYves BassetPéter BatáryAdam J. BatesBruno BaurErin M. BaynePedro BejaSuzan BenedickÅke BergHenry BernardNicholas J. BerryDinesh BhattJake E. BicknellJochen H. BihnRobin J. BlakeKadiri S. BoboRoberto BóçonTeun BoekhoutKatrin Böhning-GaeseKevin J. BonhamPaulo A. V. BorgesSérgio H. BorgesCéline BoutinJérémy BouyerCibele BragagnoloJodi S. BrandtFrancis Q. BrearleyIsabel BritoVicenç BrosJörg BrunetGrzegorz BuczkowskiChristopher M. BuddleRob BugterErika BuscardoJörn BuseJimmy Cabra-GarcíaNilton C. CáceresNicolette L. CagleMaría Calviño-CancelaSydney A. CameronEliana M. CancelloRut CaparrósPedro CardosoDan CarpenterTiago F. CarrijoAnelena L. CarvalhoCamila R. CassanoHelena CastroAlejandro A. Castro-LunaCerda B. RolandoAlexis CerezoKim Alan ChapmanMatthieu ChauvatMorten ChristensenFrancis M. ClarkeDaniel F.R. ClearyGiorgio ColomboStuart P. ConnopMichael D. CraigLeopoldo Cruz-LópezSaul A. CunninghamBiagio D'AnielloNeil D'CruzePedro Giovâni da SilvaMartin DallimerEmmanuel DanquahBen DarvillJens DauberAdrian L. V. DavisJeff DawsonClaudio de SassiBenoit de ThoisyOlivier DeheuvelsAlain DejeanJean-Louis DevineauTim DiekötterJignasu V. DoliaErwin DomínguezYamileth Dominguez-HaydarSilvia DornIsabel DraperNiels DreberBertrand DumontSimon G. DuresMats DynesiusLars EdeniusPaul EggletonFelix EigenbrodZoltán ElekMartin H. EntlingKaren J. EslerRicardo F. de LimaAisyah FarukNina FarwigTom M. FayleAntonio FelicioliAnnika M. FeltonRoderick J. FenshamIgnacio C. FernandezCatarina C. FerreiraGentile F. FicetolaCristina FieraBruno K. C. FilgueirasHüseyin K. FırıncıoğluDavid FlaspohlerAndreas FlorenSteven J. FonteAnne FournierRobert E. FowlerMarkus FranzénLauchlan H. FraserGabriella M. FredrikssonGeraldo B. FreireTiago L. M. FrizzoDaisuke FukudaDario FurlaniRené GaigherJörg U. GanzhornKarla P. GarcíaJuan C. Garcia-RJenni G. GardenRicardo GarilletiBao-Ming GeBenoit Gendreau-BerthiaumePhilippa J. GerardCarla Gheler-CostaBenjamin GilbertPaolo GiordaniSimonetta GiordanoCarly GolodetsLaurens G. L. GomesRachelle K. GouldDave GoulsonAaron D. GoveLaurent GranjonIngo GrassClaudia L. GrayJames GroganWeibin GuMoisès GuardiolaNihara R. GunawardeneAlvaro G. GutierrezDoris L. Gutiérrez-LamusDaniela H. HaarmeyerMick E. HanleyThor HansonNor R. HashimShombe N. HassanRichard G. HatfieldJoseph E. HawesMatt W. HaywardChristian HébertAlvin J. HeldenJohn-André HendenPhilipp HenschelLionel HernándezJames P. HerreraFarina HerrmannFelix HerzogDiego Higuera-DiazBranko HiljeHubert HöferAnke HoffmannFinbarr G. HorganElisabeth HornungRoland HorváthKristoffer HylanderPaola Isaacs-CubidesHiroaki IshidaMasahiro IshitaniCarmen T. JacobsVíctor J. JaramilloBirgit JaukerF. Jiménez HernándezMcKenzie F. JohnsonVirat JolliMats JonsellS. Nur JulianiThomas S. JungVena KapoorHeike KappesVassiliki KatiEric KatovaiKlaus KellnerMichael KesslerKathryn R. KirbyAndrew M. KittleMairi E. KnightEva KnopFlorian KohlerMatti KoivulaAnnette KolbMouhamadou KoneÁdám KőrösiJochen KraussAjith KumarRaman KumarDavid J. KurzAlex S. KuttThibault LachatVictoria LantschnerFrancisco LaraJesse R. LaskySteven C. LattaWilliam F. LaurancePatrick LavelleViolette Le FéonGretchen LeBuhnJean-Philippe LégaréValérie LehouckMaría V. LencinasPia E. LentiniSusan G. LetcherQi LiSimon A. LitchwarkNick A. LittlewoodYunhui LiuNancy Lo-Man-HungCarlos A. López-QuinteroMounir LouhaichiGabor L. LöveiManuel Esteban Lucas-BorjaVictor H. LujaMatthew S. LuskinM Cristina MacSwiney GKaoru MaetoTibor MaguraNeil Aldrin MallariLouise A. MalonePatrick K. MalonzaJagoba Malumbres-OlarteSalvador MandujanoInger E. MårenErika Marin-SpiottaCharles J. MarshE. J. P. MarshallEliana MartínezGuillermo Martínez PasturDavid Moreno MateosMargaret M. MayfieldVicente MazimpakaJennifer L. McCarthyKyle P. McCarthyQuinn S. McFrederickSean McNamaraNagore G. MedinaRafael MedinaJose L. MenaEstefania MicoGrzegorz MikusinskiJeffrey C. MilderJames R. MillerDaniel R. Miranda-EsquivelMelinda L. MoirCarolina L. MoralesMary N. MuchaneMuchai MuchaneSonja Mudri-StojnicA. Nur MuniraAntonio Muoñz-AlonsoB. F. MunyekenyeRobin NaidooA. NaithaniMichiko NakagawaAkihiro NakamuraYoshihiro NakashimaShoji NaoeGuiomar Nates-ParraDario A. Navarrete GutierrezLuis Navarro-IriartePaul K. Ndang'ang'aEike L. NeuschulzJacqueline T. NgaiViolaine NicolasSven G. NilssonNorbertas NoreikaOlivia NorfolkJorge Ari NoriegaDavid A. NortonNicole M. NöskeA. Justin NowakowskiCatherine NumaNiall O'DeaPatrick J. O'FarrellWilliam OduroSabine OertliCaleb Ofori-BoatengChristopher Omamoke OkeVicencio OostraLynne M. OsgathorpeSamuel Eduardo OtavoNavendu V. PageJuan ParitsisAlejandro Parra-HLuke ParryGuy Pe'erPeter B. PearmanNicolás PelegrinRaphaël PélissierCarlos A. PeresPablo L. PeriAnna S. PerssonTheodora PetanidouMarcell K. PetersRohan S. PethiyagodaBen PhalanT. Keith PhilipsFinn C. PillsburyJimmy Pincheira-UlbrichEduardo PinedaJoan PinoJaime Pizarro-ArayaA. J. PlumptreSantiago L. PoggioNatalia PolitiPere PonsKatja PovedaEileen F. PowerSteven J. PresleyVânia ProençaMarino QuarantaCarolina QuinteroRomina RaderB. R. RameshMartha P. Ramirez-PinillaJai RanganathanClaus RasmussenNicola A. Redpath-DowningJ. Leighton ReidYana T. ReisJosé M. Rey BenayasJuan Carlos Rey-VelascoChevonne ReynoldsDanilo Bandini RibeiroMiriam H. RichardsBarbara A. RichardsonMichael J. RichardsonRodrigo Macip RíosRichard RobinsonCarolina A. RoblesJörg RömbkeLuz Piedad Romero-DuqueMatthias RösLoreta RosselliStephen J. RossiterDana S. RothT'ai H. RoulstonLaurent RousseauAndré V. RubioJean-Claude RuelJonathan P. SadlerSzabolcs SáfiánRomeo A. Saldaña-VázquezKaterina SamUlrika SamnegårdJoana SantanaXavier SantosJade SavageNancy A. SchellhornMenno SchilthuizenUte SchmiedelChristine B. SchmittNicole L. SchonChristof SchüeppKatharina SchumannOliver SchweigerDawn M. ScottKenneth A. ScottJodi L. SedlockSteven S. SeefeldtGhazala ShahabuddinGraeme ShannonDouglas SheilFrederick H. SheldonEyal ShochatStefan J. SiebertFernando A. B. SilvaJavier A. SimonettiEleanor M. SladeJo SmithAllan H. Smith-PardoNavjot S. SodhiEduardo J. SomarribaRamón A. SosaGrimaldo Soto QuirogaMartin-Hugues St-LaurentBrian M. StarzomskiConstanti StefanescuIngolf Steffan-DewenterPhilip C. StoufferJane C. StoutAyron M. StrauchMatthew J. StruebigZhimin SuMarcela Suarez-RubioShinji SugiuraKeith S. SummervilleYik-Hei SungHari SutrisnoJens-Christian SvenningTiit TederCaragh G. ThrelfallAnu TiitsaarJacqui H. ToddRebecca K. ToniettoIgnasi TorreBéla TóthmérészTeja TscharntkeEdgar C. TurnerJason M. TylianakisMarcio Uehara-PradoNicolas Urbina-CardonaDenis VallanAdam J. VanbergenHeraldo L. VasconcelosKiril VassilevHans A. F. VerbovenMaria João VerdascaJosé R. VerdúCarlos H. VergaraPablo M. VergaraJort VerhulstMassimiliano VirgilioLien Van VuEdward M. WaiteTony R. WalkerHua-Feng WangYanping WangJames I. WatlingBritta WellerKonstans WellsCatrin WestphalEdward D. WiafeChristopher D. WilliamsMichael R. WilligJohn C. Z. WoinarskiJan H. D. WolfVolkmar WoltersBen A. WoodcockJihua WuJoseph M. WunderleYuichi YamauraSatoko YoshikuraDouglas W. YuAndrey S. ZaitsevJuliane ZeidlerFasheng ZouBen CollenRob M. EwersGeorgina M. MaceDrew W. PurvesJörn P. W. ScharlemannAndy Purvis

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The collation of biodiversity datasets with broad taxonomic, biogeographic, and spatial extents is necessary to understand historical declines and to project—and hopefully avert—future declines. We describe and make freely available a database of more than 3.2 million biodiversity measurements from 94 countries representing over 47,000 species, collated from 480 existing spatial comparisons of local-scale biodiversity exposed to different intensities and pressures relating to land use, from terrestrial sites around the world.

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Animal movement tools (amt): R package for managing tracking data and conducting habitat selection analyses

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New tracking technologies allow users to collect large amount of data and address entirely new questions. The amt (animal movement tools) R package provides tools to manage telemetry data and to fit step-selection functions and resource-selection functions.

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