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Latest Research

  • Perspective |

    Ecological interactions typically vary across both space and time. Here, the authors outline a framework for incorporating multiple layers of complexity into ecological networks, and discuss their potential applications and future challenges.

    • Shai Pilosof
    • , Mason A. Porter
    • , Mercedes Pascual
    •  & Sonia Kéfi
  • Review Article |

    A full understanding of speciation requires the integration of knowledge at themacro and micro evolutionary scales. Here, the authors discuss the developmental processes associated with variation within plant species and morphological innovations that promote speciation in plants.

    • Mario Fernández-Mazuecos
    •  & Beverley J. Glover
  • Article |

    A mathematical model coupling malaria epidemiology and socioeconomic–demographic factors related to land-use change identifies the different kinds of malaria dynamics that arise early on with land-use change.

    • Andres Baeza
    • , Mauricio Santos-Vega
    • , Andrew P. Dobson
    •  & Mercedes Pascual
  • Article |

    Environmental metabarcoding of soil samples suggests that protists comprise the greatest eukaryotic diversity in tropical rainforests, and are dominated by phyla that parasitise arthropods and other animals.

    • Frédéric Mahé
    • , Colomban de Vargas
    • , David Bass
    • , Lucas Czech
    • , Alexandros Stamatakis
    • , Enrique Lara
    • , David Singer
    • , Jordan Mayor
    • , John Bunge
    • , Sarah Sernaker
    • , Tobias Siemensmeyer
    • , Isabelle Trautmann
    • , Sarah Romac
    • , Cédric Berney
    • , Alexey Kozlov
    • , Edward A. D. Mitchell
    • , Christophe V. W. Seppey
    • , Elianne Egge
    • , Guillaume Lentendu
    • , Rainer Wirth
    • , Gabriel Trueba
    •  & Micah Dunthorn
  • Article |

    Isolates of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii adapted to a decade of chronic warming in outdoor mesocosms have higher competitive fitness than ambient controls, due to greater photosynthetic capacity and reduced susceptibility to photoinhibition

    • C.-Elisa Schaum
    • , Samuel Barton
    • , Elvire Bestion
    • , Angus Buckling
    • , Bernardo Garcia-Carreras
    • , Paula Lopez
    • , Chris Lowe
    • , Samraat Pawar
    • , Nicholas Smirnoff
    • , Mark Trimmer
    •  & Gabriel Yvon-Durocher

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    Exploring the challenges and opportunities for research and policy afforded by South America's extraordinary biodiversity.

  • Feature |

    As the line dividing human and wild habitats becomes thinner, we might be brewing the world's next big pandemic. Zoonoses are diseases that are naturally transmitted between animals and humans, and a new project aims to predict their occurrence.

    • Karl Gruber
  • Comment |

    The biodiversity of the Amazonian savannahs may be lost before it is known, unless scientists, conservationists and policymakers come together quickly to protect it.

    • William Douglas de Carvalho
    •  & Karen Mustin
  • Correspondence |

    • Helen R. P. Phillips
    • , Erin K. Cameron
    • , Olga Ferlian
    • , Manfred Türke
    • , Marten Winter
    •  & Nico Eisenhauer

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.
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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.

Current Issue

Volume 1 Issue 4

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Volume 1 Issue 4

Speciation specimens

Timema stick insects exhibit cryptic colour patterns that match them to their host plants, protect them against predators and contribute to speciation (shown is Timema bartmani resting on white fir). However, traits in addition to colouration, such as chemical cues used in mate choice, are also an important component of speciation.

See Riesch et al1, 0082 (2017)

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