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  • Article |

    The worldwide spread of four groups of alien ant species has been significantly but differently influenced by major events in recent human history: waves of globalization, world wars and global recessions.

    • Cleo Bertelsmeier
    • , Sébastien Ollier
    • , Andrew Liebhold
    •  & Laurent Keller
  • Perspective |

    A new approach is outlined for capturing multiple facets of biodiversity in near real-time by combining the latest advances in automated Earth observation recording, high-throughput sequencing and ecological modelling.

    • Alex Bush
    • , Rahel Sollmann
    • , Andreas Wilting
    • , Kristine Bohmann
    • , Beth Cole
    • , Heiko Balzter
    • , Christopher Martius
    • , András Zlinszky
    • , Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer
    • , Christina A. Cobbold
    • , Terence P. Dawson
    • , Brent C. Emerson
    • , Simon Ferrier
    • , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
    • , Martin Herold
    • , Laurence Jones
    • , Fabian H. Leendertz
    • , Louise Matthews
    • , James D. A. Millington
    • , John R. Olson
    • , Otso Ovaskainen
    • , Dave Raffaelli
    • , Richard Reeve
    • , Mark-Oliver Rödel
    • , Torrey W. Rodgers
    • , Stewart Snape
    • , Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers
    • , Alfried P. Vogler
    • , Piran C. L. White
    • , Martin J. Wooster
    •  & Douglas W. Yu
  • Perspective |

    Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationships remain constant no matter how many functions are considered. Biodiversity affects the level of multifunctionality and the effect on multifunctionality equals the average effect on single functions.

    • Lars Gamfeldt
    •  & Fabian Roger
  • Article |

    Marine seismic surveys use high-pressure air guns to explore sub-sea petroleum deposits, but little is known about their impact on marine life. Now it is shown that exposure is linked to increased zooplankton mortality at a range >1 km.

    • Robert D. McCauley
    • , Ryan D. Day
    • , Kerrie M. Swadling
    • , Quinn P. Fitzgibbon
    • , Reg A. Watson
    •  & Jayson M. Semmens
  • Article |

    Predicting declines in commercially harvested species is crucial to avoid overexploitation. An analysis of historical whaling records identifies early warning signals in body size and abundance data 40 years before the collapse of whale stocks.

    • Christopher F. Clements
    • , Julia L. Blanchard
    • , Kirsty L. Nash
    • , Mark A. Hindell
    •  & Arpat Ozgul
  • Perspective |

    Palaeoecology is an essential tool for assessing island conservation.

    • Sandra Nogué
    • , Lea de Nascimento
    • , Cynthia A. Froyd
    • , Janet M. Wilmshurst
    • , Erik J. de Boer
    • , Emily E. D. Coffey
    • , Robert J. Whittaker
    • , José María Fernández-Palacios
    •  & Kathy J. Willis

News & Comment

  • Comment |

    Similarities in planning, development and culture within urban areas may lead to the convergence of ecological processes on continental scales. Transdisciplinary, multi-scale research is now needed to understand and predict the impact of human-dominated landscapes on ecosystem structure and function.

    • Peter M. Groffman
    • , Meghan Avolio
    • , Jeannine Cavender-Bares
    • , Neil D. Bettez
    • , J. Morgan Grove
    • , Sharon J. Hall
    • , Sarah E. Hobbie
    • , Kelli L. Larson
    • , Susannah B. Lerman
    • , Dexter H. Locke
    • , James B. Heffernan
    • , Jennifer L. Morse
    • , Christopher Neill
    • , Kristen C. Nelson
    • , Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
    • , Diane E. Pataki
    • , Colin Polsky
    • , Rinku Roy Chowdhury
    •  & Tara L. E. Trammell
  • Editorial |

    The study of invasive species is burgeoning and involves both the natural and social sciences.

  • Comment |

    In 2018 technologies on the International Space Station will provide 1 year of synchronous observations of ecosystem composition, structure and function. We discuss these instruments and how they can be used to constrain global models and improve our understanding of the current state of terrestrial ecosystems.

    • E. Natasha Stavros
    • , David Schimel
    • , Ryan Pavlick
    • , Shawn Serbin
    • , Abigail Swann
    • , Laura Duncanson
    • , Joshua B. Fisher
    • , Fabian Fassnacht
    • , Susan Ustin
    • , Ralph Dubayah
    • , Anna Schweiger
    •  & Paul Wennberg
  • Q&A |

    We speak to An Cliquet, a professor in the Department of European, Public and International Law at Ghent University, about working at the interface between conservation, biodiversity and law.

    • Luíseach Nic Eoin

About the Journal

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  • 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.
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  • 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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Volume 1 Issue 7

Image: András Zlinszky. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.

Volume 1 Issue 7

Earth observed

Grassland vegetation in an alkaline grassland in Püspökladány, Hungary, based on airborne LiDAR (light detection and ranging). Colours represent the weighted probability for a given vegetation class in each cell (0.5 m2).

See Bush et al. 1, 0176 (2017)

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