Ecology

Definition

Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with each other and their environment. It considers processes that occur at the population, community and ecosystem levels and has a particular focus on biodiversity.

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    The magnitude of organic carbon burial in lakes and reservoirs is poorly constrained. Here, using a compilation of modern data from the literature and statistical modeling, the authors estimate a global yearly organic carbon burial of 0.15 Pg C in inland waters, of which 40% is stored in reservoirs.

    • Raquel Mendonça
    • , Roger A. Müller
    • , David Clow
    • , Charles Verpoorter
    • , Peter Raymond
    • , Lars J. Tranvik
    •  & Sebastian Sobek
  • Research | | open

    It is unclear whether the transfer of plasmids carrying antibiotic resistance genes can explain their persistence when antibiotics are not present. Here, Lopatkin et al. show that conjugal plasmids, even when costly, are indeed transferred at sufficiently high rates to be maintained in the absence of antibiotics.

    • Allison J. Lopatkin
    • , Hannah R. Meredith
    • , Jaydeep K. Srimani
    • , Connor Pfeiffer
    • , Rick Durrett
    •  & Lingchong You
  • Research | | open

    The terrestrial carbon cycle is strongly influenced by El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), but how this relationship will change in future is not clear. Here the authors use state-of-the-art models to show that the sensitivity of the carbon cycle to ENSO will increase under future climate change.

    • Jin-Soo Kim
    • , Jong-Seong Kug
    •  & Su-Jong Jeong
  • Research |

    A super-hydrated clay mineral may play an important role in the solid Earth’s water cycle, according to laboratory experiments. The mineral kaolinite can carry and release large amounts of water during subduction.

    • Huijeong Hwang
    • , Donghoon Seoung
    • , Yongjae Lee
    • , Zhenxian Liu
    • , Hanns-Peter Liermann
    • , Hyunchae Cynn
    • , Thomas Vogt
    • , Chi-Chang Kao
    •  & Ho-Kwang Mao
  • Reviews |

    Studying eco-evolutionary dynamics in nature is challenging. In this Perspective, the authors discuss how genomic data can be used to understand the mechanisms behind eco-evolutionary dynamics and lead to evolutionary and ecological predictions in nature.

    • Seth M. Rudman
    • , Matthew A. Barbour
    • , Katalin Csilléry
    • , Phillip Gienapp
    • , Frederic Guillaume
    • , Nelson G. Hairston Jr
    • , Andrew P. Hendry
    • , Jesse R. Lasky
    • , Marina Rafajlović
    • , Katja Räsänen
    • , Paul S. Schmidt
    • , Ole Seehausen
    • , Nina O. Therkildsen
    • , Martin M. Turcotte
    •  & Jonathan M. Levine

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