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Latest Research

  • Perspective |

    Our understanding of how species diversity is maintained depends on spatial scale. Here, the coexistence–area relationship is developed to understand scale dependence and increase community ecology’s contribution to biodiversity conservation.

    • Simon P. Hart
    • , Jacob Usinowicz
    •  & Jonathan M. Levine
  • Review Article |

    Bisulfite sequencing is widely used to study genome-scale DNA methylation. In this Review, the authors discuss methodological and statistical considerations related to bisulfite sequencing that are particularly relevant when studying non-model organisms.

    • Amanda J. Lea
    • , Tauras P. Vilgalys
    • , Paul A. P. Durst
    •  & Jenny Tung
  • Review Article |

    The evolution of complex adaptations poses conceptual challenges. Here, the authors discuss adaptive and non-adaptive scenarios in the evolution of complex adaptations and propose molecular mechanisms that provide access to new adaptive paths.

    • Csaba Pál
    •  & Balázs Papp
  • Article |

    Sperm morphology is remarkably variable yet its genetic architecture is poorly known. Now, sperm morphology variation in zebra finches is shown to be largely explained by an inversion polymorphism on the Z chromosome acting as a supergene.

    • Kang-Wook Kim
    • , Clair Bennison
    • , Nicola Hemmings
    • , Lola Brookes
    • , Laura L. Hurley
    • , Simon C. Griffith
    • , Terry Burke
    • , Tim R. Birkhead
    •  & Jon Slate
  • Article |

    It is unclear how variation in sperm traits is maintained in nature. Here, the authors show that an inversion on the Z chromosome of zebra finches affects sperm morphology and fertilization ability and suggest that overdominance maintains the inversion polymorphism.

    • Ulrich Knief
    • , Wolfgang Forstmeier
    • , Yifan Pei
    • , Malika Ihle
    • , Daiping Wang
    • , Katrin Martin
    • , Pavlína Opatová
    • , Jana Albrechtová
    • , Michael Wittig
    • , Andre Franke
    • , Tomáš Albrecht
    •  & Bart Kempenaers

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Genomes of multiple independently transitioned obligate symbionts reveal lineage-specific gene loss and unexpected gene retentions.

    • Lisa Klasson
  • Editorial |

    Evolutionary principles and tools harbour the potential to revolutionize the struggle against medical challenges such as antibiotic resistance, infectious disease and cancer.

  • Comment |

    Cancer evolution is central to poor outcomes of cancer therapies, enabling tumour progression and the acquisition of drug resistance. Joint efforts of evolutionary biologists, oncologists and cancer researchers are necessary to understand the principles of cancer evolution and to derive therapeutic strategies that can control it.

    • Katharina von Loga
    •  & Marco Gerlinger

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.
  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

Current Issue

Volume 1 Issue 8

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Volume 1 Issue 8

Risky times and risky places

Predator–prey interactions, such as between cheetahs and zebras in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, reveal the relationship between types of risk. In locations with high long-term risk, prey vigilance was strong when short-term risk was also high but not when short-term risk was low. See Dröge et al. 1, 1123–1128 (2017)

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