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Latest Research

  • Analysis |

    Soliciting expert feedback from the editorial boards of seven ecology journals, the authors compile a list of the top 100 most highly recommended articles in the field of ecology.

    • Franck Courchamp
    •  & Corey J. A. Bradshaw
  • Article |

    Accurate understanding of plant litter decomposition is vital to inform Earth system modelling. Here the dominant hierarchical model for plant litter decomposition is found to be wanting, and revisions are suggested.

    • Mark A. Bradford
    • , G. F. (Ciska) Veen
    • , Anne Bonis
    • , Ella M. Bradford
    • , Aimee T. Classen
    • , J. Hans C. Cornelissen
    • , Thomas. W. Crowther
    • , Jonathan R. De Long
    • , Gregoire T. Freschet
    • , Paul Kardol
    • , Marta Manrubia-Freixa
    • , Daniel S. Maynard
    • , Gregory S. Newman
    • , Richard S. P. Logtestijn
    • , Maria Viketoft
    • , David A. Wardle
    • , William R. Wieder
    • , Stephen A. Wood
    •  & Wim H. van der Putten
  • Article |

    Winter sea ice is thought to provide critical grazing habitat for overwintering Antarctic krill. In contrast, here the authors show that the pack-ice zone is a food-poor habitat, but does serve as an important sheltering ground for developing larvae.

    • Bettina Meyer
    • , Ulrich Freier
    • , Volker Grimm
    • , Jürgen Groeneveld
    • , Brian P. V. Hunt
    • , Sven Kerwath
    • , Rob King
    • , Christine Klaas
    • , Evgeny Pakhomov
    • , Klaus M. Meiners
    • , Jessica Melbourne-Thomas
    • , Eugene J. Murphy
    • , Sally E. Thorpe
    • , Sharon Stammerjohn
    • , Dieter Wolf-Gladrow
    • , Lutz Auerswald
    • , Albrecht Götz
    • , Laura Halbach
    • , Simon Jarman
    • , So Kawaguchi
    • , Thomas Krumpen
    • , Gernot Nehrke
    • , Robert Ricker
    • , Michael Sumner
    • , Mathias Teschke
    • , Rowan Trebilco
    •  & Noyan I. Yilmaz
  • Perspective |

    Intragenomic conflict arises when a gene functions for its own good to the detriment of the rest of the genome. Here, the authors propose a general theory of intragenomic conflict and discuss its implications to organismal maladaptation and human disease.

    • Andy Gardner
    •  & Francisco Úbeda

News & Comment

  • 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
  • Comment |

    Reciprocal interactions between hosts, their symbionts and their oncobiota (cancer cell communities) are yet to be studied in detail. Considering malignant cells in addition to the holobiont perspective allows greater understanding of the processes governing both host phenotypes and cancer dynamics.

    • Frédéric Thomas
    • , Camille Jacqueline
    • , Tazzio Tissot
    • , Morgane Henard
    • , Simon Blanchet
    • , Géraldine Loot
    • , Erika Dawson
    • , Frédéric Mery
    • , François Renaud
    • , Jacques Montagne
    • , Christa Beckmann
    • , Peter A. Biro
    • , Rodrigo Hamede
    •  & Beata Ujvari
  • Editorial |

    This month we highlight Asia, a region with important biodiversity and palaeontological heritage, and a major growth area for scientific research.

  • Comment |

    Our incomplete taxonomic knowledge impedes our attempts to protect biodiversity. A renaissance in the classification of species and their interactions is needed to guide conservation prioritization.

    • Edward O. Wilson

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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