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Latest Research

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    Combining data on sea-surface chlorophyll-a with a regional ocean model and diatom abundance from sediment grabs, the authors determine the strength of pelagic–benthic coupling across the George V region in East Antarctica.

    • Jan Jansen
    • , Nicole A. Hill
    • , Piers K. Dunstan
    • , John McKinlay
    • , Michael D. Sumner
    • , Alexandra L. Post
    • , Marc P. Eléaume
    • , Leanne K. Armand
    • , Jonathan P. Warnock
    • , Benjamin K. Galton-Fenzi
    •  & Craig R. Johnson
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    The Tasmanian tiger is an extinct carnivorous marsupial. By sequencing the genome of a preserved specimen the authors show long-term population decline and reveal the genetic basis of the phenotypic convergence between Tasmanian tigers and canids.

    • Charles Y. Feigin
    • , Axel H. Newton
    • , Liliya Doronina
    • , Jürgen Schmitz
    • , Christy A. Hipsley
    • , Kieren J. Mitchell
    • , Graham Gower
    • , Bastien Llamas
    • , Julien Soubrier
    • , Thomas N. Heider
    • , Brandon R. Menzies
    • , Alan Cooper
    • , Rachel J. O’Neill
    •  & Andrew J. Pask
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    A 30-year monitoring study of brown bears in Sweden documents the demographic impact of regulated hunting, which includes pronounced life history changes despite sustainable management.

    • Richard Bischof
    • , Christophe Bonenfant
    • , Inger Maren Rivrud
    • , Andreas Zedrosser
    • , Andrea Friebe
    • , Tim Coulson
    • , Atle Mysterud
    •  & Jon E. Swenson
  • Article |

    Reconstructing forest extent in tropical Africa around 1900 based on empirical data from palaeo-proxies and historical maps, the authors show that deforestation rates have been substantially slower than suggested by modelled estimates alone.

    • Julie C. Aleman
    • , Marta A. Jarzyna
    •  & A. Carla Staver
  • Article |

    A meta-analysis comparing the ecological effects of variation within a species with the effects of species replacement or renewal shows that intraspecific effects may be comparable to, or sometimes stronger than, species effects.

    • Simone Des Roches
    • , David M. Post
    • , Nash E. Turley
    • , Joseph K. Bailey
    • , Andrew P. Hendry
    • , Michael T. Kinnison
    • , Jennifer A. Schweitzer
    •  & Eric P. Palkovacs

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    The US beef industry is a major contributor of greenhouse gases and is commonly regarded as unsustainable at current levels. A new study models a system in which sustainability could be increased by subsistence on grass and agricultural by-products, prompting the question, ‘what are the limits of sustainable livestock production in the US’?

    • Les G. Firbank
  • Comment |

    Adaptive certification is the best remaining option for the trophy hunting industry in Africa to demonstrate sustainable and ethical hunting practices that benefit local communities and wildlife conservation.

    • Thomas C. Wanger
    • , Lochran W. Traill
    • , Rosie Cooney
    • , Jonathan R. Rhodes
    •  & Teja Tscharntke
  • Editorial |

    Science, including the fields of ecology and evolution, must advocate a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment and bullying. This means promoting safe workspaces in all contexts, and letting go of the idea that fieldwork entails special circumstances.

  • News and Views |

    The application of a species-extinction model allows improved determination of the timing of phenological events, and increases the breadth of data types that can be mined and compared in phenology research.

    • Elizabeth R. Ellwood

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 ecoevo@nature.com.


  • 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.

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