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This month's issue includes human-environment interactions, avian biogeography and speciation, meta-analysis of open data, and the evolution of mating types, cell types and division of labour.

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Analysing a database of >1,800 field studies in the terrestrial Arctic, the authors identify large spatial biases in sampling, with nearly one-third of all citations derived from sites located within 50 km of two research stations.

    • Daniel B. Metcalfe
    • , Thirze D. G. Hermans
    • , Jenny Ahlstrand
    • , Michael Becker
    • , Martin Berggren
    • , Robert G. Björk
    • , Mats P. Björkman
    • , Daan Blok
    • , Nitin Chaudhary
    • , Chelsea Chisholm
    • , Aimée T. Classen
    • , Niles J. Hasselquist
    • , Micael Jonsson
    • , Jeppe A. Kristensen
    • , Bright B. Kumordzi
    • , Hanna Lee
    • , Jordan R. Mayor
    • , Janet Prevéy
    • , Karolina Pantazatou
    • , Johannes Rousk
    • , Ryan A. Sponseller
    • , Maja K. Sundqvist
    • , Jing Tang
    • , Johan Uddling
    • , Göran Wallin
    • , Wenxin Zhang
    • , Anders Ahlström
    • , David E. Tenenbaum
    •  & Abdulhakim M. Abdi
  • Article |

    Logarithmic scales are frequently used in ecological data display, but the degree to which they are understood is not clear. Here, the authors survey members of the Ecological Society of America and find that only 56% of respondents correctly interpreted data presented on log–log axes.

    • Duncan N. L. Menge
    • , Anna C. MacPherson
    • , Thomas A. Bytnerowicz
    • , Andrew W. Quebbeman
    • , Naomi B. Schwartz
    • , Benton N. Taylor
    •  & Amelia A. Wolf
  • Brief Communication |

    Damselfish ‘farm' plots of algae through weeding, territorial defence and fertilization. Here, the authors show that some damselfish populations take advantage of natural CO2 vents to enhance their crop productivity and abundance.

    • Camilo M. Ferreira
    • , Ivan Nagelkerken
    • , Silvan U. Goldenberg
    •  & Sean D. Connell
  • Article |

    A new sauropodomorph dinosaur taxon, Ingentia prima, and new lessemsaurid fossils from the Late Triassic of Argentina, reveal a distinctive and early pathway towards gigantism, 30 million years before the first eusauropods appeared.

    • Cecilia Apaldetti
    • , Ricardo N. Martínez
    • , Ignacio A. Cerda
    • , Diego Pol
    •  & Oscar Alcober
  • Article |

    Single-species antibiotic dose response is a poor predictor of multi-species community dynamics because it cannot foresee the tipping points that cause irreversible changes in resistance that persist even when treatment stops.

    • Robert E. Beardmore
    • , Emily Cook
    • , Susanna Nilsson
    • , Adam R. Smith
    • , Anna Tillmann
    • , Brooke D. Esquivel
    • , Ken Haynes
    • , Neil A. R. Gow
    • , Alistair J. P. Brown
    • , Theodore C. White
    •  & Ivana Gudelj

News & Comment

  • Comment |

    The emergence of chronic wasting disease among wild reindeer in Norway triggered the decision to eradicate an entire population of more than 2,000 animals. The cull, now complete, was a tremendously difficult process both politically and practically.

    • Atle Mysterud
    •  & Christer M. Rolandsen
  • News & Views |

    Predicting and steering the fate of antibiotic resistance requires developing ecology- and evolution-aware strategies.

    • Rene Niehus
    •  & Sara Mitri
  • News & Views |

    A transgenerational study in sticklebacks suggests that when an individual is exposed to conflicting information about predation, either directly through personal experience or indirectly through parental exposure, the typical response is to assume a predator is present.

    • Emilie C. Snell-Rood
  • News & Views |

    Genomes of eight populations of the copepod Tigriopus californicus show a correlation between rapid mitochondrial evolution and compensatory nuclear evolution, suggesting that mitonuclear incompatibilities might drive speciation in this system.

    • Jerome H. L. Hui
  • News & Views |

    Several recent theoretical studies develop tools to predict species diversity in large model ecosystems, setting a new benchmark for understanding the mechanism of species coexistence in natural ecosystems.

    • Shaopeng Wang


  • 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.