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Latest Research

  • Review Article |

    The Nutrient Network is a globally distributed, coordinated grassland ecology experiment. Here, the first decade of this network is reviewed, including insights into ecosystem productivity, stability and the effects of herbivores and invasive species.

    • Elizabeth T. Borer
    • , James B. Grace
    • , W. Stanley Harpole
    • , Andrew S. MacDougall
    •  & Eric W. Seabloom
  • Review Article |

    The widespread occurrence of microscopic plastic particles in the ocean is of both and ecological and societal concern. Here, the authors review the biological impacts of interactions with microplastics in the marine environment.

    • Tamara S. Galloway
    • , Matthew Cole
    •  & Ceri Lewis
  • Article |

    By analysing the abundance distributions of two key plant functional traits in global dryland communities, the authors identify a scaling relationship that quantifies how much trait diversity is required to maximize local ecosystem multifunctionality.

    • Nicolas Gross
    • , Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet
    • , Pierre Liancourt
    • , Miguel Berdugo
    • , Nicholas J. Gotelli
    •  & Fernando T. Maestre
  • Article |

    Moisture-driven environmental changes in the terminal Pleistocene contributed to megafaunal extinction across four continents, as indicated by stable isotope analysis. Stable grasslands in Africa help to explain maintenance of African megafaunal populations.

    • M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace
    • , Matthew J. Wooller
    • , Grant D. Zazula
    • , Elen Shute
    • , A. Hope Jahren
    • , Pavel Kosintsev
    • , James A. Burns
    • , James Breen
    • , Bastien Llamas
    •  & Alan Cooper
  • Article |

    Shoals of fish can more quickly solve a two-stage foraging task when individuals experienced in only one stage of each task are combined, demonstrating that pooling experiences can aid collective problem-solving in animal groups.

    • Mike M. Webster
    • , Andrew Whalen
    •  & Kevin N. Laland
  • Article |

    The evolutionary transition to cooperative breeding often involves high levels of monogamy and therefore indirect fitness benefits to helpers. Here, an alternative pathway is shown for cichlid fishes, involving direct fitness benefits derived from ecological factors such as group living.

    • Cody J. Dey
    • , Constance M. O’Connor
    • , Holly Wilkinson
    • , Susanne Shultz
    • , Sigal Balshine
    •  & John L. Fitzpatrick

News & Comment

  • Q&A |

    The EvoKE project promotes formal discussion about the state of evolutionary education, outreach and policy in Europe. We talked to the organizing team (Xana Sá-Pinto, Héloïse Dufour, Inga Ubben, Tania Jenkins and Kristin Jenkins), about the first international EvoKE conference and future projects.

    • Vera Domingues
  • Comment |

    DNA sequencing is faster and cheaper than ever before but quantity does not necessarily mean quality. Towards a comprehensive understanding of the microbial biosphere, we need more reference genomes from single-celled eukaryotes (protists) across the full breadth of eukaryotic diversity.

    • Shannon J. Sibbald
    •  & John M. Archibald
  • Editorial |

    The scientific community can engage productively with the public in a wide range of ways.

About the Journal

  • Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour to dealing with disease. Ecology takes biology from the relative simplicity of individuals to the complexity of interactions between organisms and their environments. Its implications stretch beyond biology into environmental science and the grand challenges facing society.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution publishes original research as Articles and Brief Communications. We will also publish News & Views, Reviews, Comments, Features and a range of other content, that elaborate on significant advances and debates in the field and cover topical issues and societal implications.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds. It is led by Chief Editor Patrick Goymer, formerly ecology and evolution editor at Nature, and also includes former Nature Communications editors Vera Domingues and Simon Harold, former Nature News & Views editor Marian Turner and former Nature Plants editor Luiseach Nic Eoin.
  • Details of the conferences where you can meet the editors of Nature Ecology & Evolution.
  • General editorial enquiries and requests for information about submitted manuscripts can be sent by email to


  • One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.

Current Issue

Volume 1 Issue 5

Image: Zhenmin Bao. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.

Volume 1 Issue 5

Shellfish genes

The scallop Patinopecten yessoensis. Genome sequencing of this bivalve mollusc reveals that it has a slow-evolving genome with many ancestral features. In-depth analysis provides insights into the evolution of genome organization and developmental control during the emergence of bilaterians. This issue also includes an Article that compares the genome sequences of two mussel species: the deep-sea vent species Bathymodiolus platifrons and the shallow-water species Modiolus philippinarum.

See Wang et al1, 0120 (2017) and Sun et al1, 0121 (2017)

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