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Latest Research

  • Article |

    Accessory loci are shown to have similar frequencies in diverse Streptococcus pneumoniae populations, suggesting negative frequency-dependent selection drives post-vaccination population restructuring.

    • Jukka Corander
    • , Christophe Fraser
    • , Michael U. Gutmann
    • , Brian Arnold
    • , William P. Hanage
    • , Stephen D. Bentley
    • , Marc Lipsitch
    •  & Nicholas J. Croucher
  • Article |

    The structuring of soil into distinct aggregates is a key element in biogeochemical cycling. Here, a meta-analysis reveals a strong positive effect of soil biota on soil aggregation, with the largest influence coming from bacteria and fungi.

    • Anika Lehmann
    • , Weishuang Zheng
    •  & Matthias C. Rillig
  • Perspective |

    Lake ecosystems have provided much of the empirical evidence for ecological resilience theory. Here, a more rigorous logical approach is called for when translating this research into management decisions.

    • Bryan M. Spears
    • , Martyn N. Futter
    • , Erik Jeppesen
    • , Brian J. Huser
    • , Stephen Ives
    • , Thomas A. Davidson
    • , Rita Adrian
    • , David G. Angeler
    • , Sarah J. Burthe
    • , Laurence Carvalho
    • , Francis Daunt
    • , Alena S. Gsell
    • , Dag O. Hessen
    • , Annette B. G. Janssen
    • , Eleanor B. Mackay
    • , Linda May
    • , Heather Moorhouse
    • , Saara Olsen
    • , Martin Søndergaard
    • , Helen Woods
    •  & Stephen J. Thackeray
  • Perspective |

    Host–microbiome interactions may have unique characteristics that are not completely captured by existing ecological and evolutionary theories. Here, the authors highlight potential pitfalls in applying these frameworks to the human microbiome.

    • Britt Koskella
    • , Lindsay J. Hall
    •  & C. Jessica E. Metcalf
  • Article |

    Cetaceans show a similar increase in brain size as is seen in human evolution. Here, this increase is shown to be linked to an expansion in the social and ecological niche.

    • Kieran C. R. Fox
    • , Michael Muthukrishna
    •  & Susanne Shultz

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Comb jellies are remarkably different from other animals. Phylogenetic analyses of broadly sampled ctenophore transcriptome data provide additional evidence that they are the sister group to all other animals and reveal details of their evolutionary relationships to each other.

    • Casey W. Dunn
  • News and Views |

    A survey of plant and animal sightings, feeding interactions and carbon cycling across 4.8 million hectares provides evidence for the role of multitrophic biodiversity and interactions in large-scale biogeochemical dynamics in the Amazon.

    • Nico Eisenhauer
  • News and Views |

    The quantitative genetics of reproduction and lifespan in a Utah population from the 1800s reveal no support for any of the three most prominent hypotheses invoked for why women live so long past menopause.

    • Alan A. Cohen
  • News and Views |

    The immune system must distinguish self from non-self, but an imbalanced reaction in either direction can lead to immunopathology or severe infection. A new model incorporating host life history predicts which error will be more tolerated.

    • Sarah Cobey

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


  • 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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