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Nature Ecology & Evolution’s 2nd Anniversary

Nature Ecology & Evolution is celebrating two years of publishing outstanding work from across the entire breadth of ecological and evolutionary subjects. This has included both fundamental advances and work with immediate applied significance. Topics have ranged across species, evolutionary timescales, geographical scales and ecosystem types. In addition, the journal’s Perspectives, Reviews and Comments have fostered discussion between scientific disciplines and with the wider world.

Evolutionary Biology

  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Analysis of cell-type-specific transcription in non-bilaterian animals provides insight into the evolution of the gene regulatory networks that underlie metazoan cell types.

    • Arnau Sebé-Pedrós
    • , Elad Chomsky
    • , Kevin Pang
    • , David Lara-Astiaso
    • , Federico Gaiti
    • , Zohar Mukamel
    • , Ido Amit
    • , Andreas Hejnol
    • , Bernard M. Degnan
    •  &  Amos Tanay
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Perspective

    The evolutionary history of life and the history of the planet itself are closely entwined. This Perspective looks at the sources of energy — geochemical, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire — that have shaped this inter-relationship and the course of evolution.

    • Olivia P. Judson
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    As well as allowing horizontal gene transfer, the increased copy number of plasmids could accelerate evolution. Here, it is shown that clinically relevant antibiotic resistance evolves faster when the target gene is on a plasmid.

    • Alvaro San Millan
    • , Jose Antonio Escudero
    • , Danna R. Gifford
    • , Didier Mazel
    •  &  R. Craig MacLean
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Genome sequence data from colorectal tumours show how adenomas progress to carcinomas on the fitness landscape.

    • William Cross
    • , Michal Kovac
    • , Ville Mustonen
    • , Daniel Temko
    • , Hayley Davis
    • , Ann-Marie Baker
    • , Sujata Biswas
    • , Roland Arnold
    • , Laura Chegwidden
    • , Chandler Gatenbee
    • , Alexander R. Anderson
    • , Viktor H. Koelzer
    • , Pierre Martinez
    • , Xiaowei Jiang
    • , Enric Domingo
    • , Dan J. Woodcock
    • , Yun Feng
    • , Monika Kovacova
    • , Tim Maughan
    • , Richard Adams
    • , Simon Bach
    • , Andrew Beggs
    • , Louise Brown
    • , Francesca Buffa
    • , Jean-Baptiste Cazier
    • , Enric Domingo
    • , Andrew Blake
    • , Che-Hsi Wu
    • , Ekaterina Chatzpili
    • , Susan Richman
    • , Philip Dunne
    • , Paul Harkin
    • , Geoff Higgins
    • , Jim Hill
    • , Chris Holmes
    • , Denis Horgan
    • , Rick Kaplan
    • , Richard Kennedy
    • , Mark Lawler
    • , Simon Leedham
    • , Tim Maughan
    • , Ultan McDermott
    • , Gillies McKenna
    • , Gary Middleton
    • , Dion Morton
    • , Graeme Murray
    • , Phil Quirke
    • , Manuel Salto-Tellez
    • , Les Samuel
    • , Anna Schuh
    • , David Sebag-Montefiore
    • , Matt Seymour
    • , Ricky Sharma
    • , Richard Sullivan
    • , Ian Tomlinson
    • , Nicholas West
    • , Richard Wilson
    • , Marnix Jansen
    • , Manuel Rodriguez-Justo
    • , Shazad Ashraf
    • , Richard Guy
    • , Christopher Cunningham
    • , James E. East
    • , David C. Wedge
    • , Lai Mun Wang
    • , Claire Palles
    • , Karl Heinimann
    • , Andrea Sottoriva
    • , Simon J. Leedham
    • , Trevor A. Graham
    •  &  Ian P. M. Tomlinson

Ecology

  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Although plant functional trait combinations reflect ecological trade-offs at the species level, little is known about how this translates to whole communities. Here, the authors show that global trait composition is captured by two main dimensions that are only weakly related to macro-environmental drivers.

    • Helge Bruelheide
    • , Jürgen Dengler
    • , Oliver Purschke
    • , Jonathan Lenoir
    • , Borja Jiménez-Alfaro
    • , Stephan M. Hennekens
    • , Zoltán Botta-Dukát
    • , Milan Chytrý
    • , Richard Field
    • , Florian Jansen
    • , Jens Kattge
    • , Valério D. Pillar
    • , Franziska Schrodt
    • , Miguel D. Mahecha
    • , Robert K. Peet
    • , Brody Sandel
    • , Peter van Bodegom
    • , Jan Altman
    • , Esteban Alvarez-Dávila
    • , Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan
    • , Fabio Attorre
    • , Isabelle Aubin
    • , Christopher Baraloto
    • , Jorcely G. Barroso
    • , Marijn Bauters
    • , Erwin Bergmeier
    • , Idoia Biurrun
    • , Anne D. Bjorkman
    • , Benjamin Blonder
    • , Andraž Čarni
    • , Luis Cayuela
    • , Tomáš Černý
    • , J. Hans C. Cornelissen
    • , Dylan Craven
    • , Matteo Dainese
    • , Géraldine Derroire
    • , Michele De Sanctis
    • , Sandra Díaz
    • , Jiří Doležal
    • , William Farfan-Rios
    • , Ted R. Feldpausch
    • , Nicole J. Fenton
    • , Eric Garnier
    • , Greg R. Guerin
    • , Alvaro G. Gutiérrez
    • , Sylvia Haider
    • , Tarek Hattab
    • , Greg Henry
    • , Bruno Hérault
    • , Pedro Higuchi
    • , Norbert Hölzel
    • , Jürgen Homeier
    • , Anke Jentsch
    • , Norbert Jürgens
    • , Zygmunt Kącki
    • , Dirk N. Karger
    • , Michael Kessler
    • , Michael Kleyer
    • , Ilona Knollová
    • , Andrey Y. Korolyuk
    • , Ingolf Kühn
    • , Daniel C. Laughlin
    • , Frederic Lens
    • , Jacqueline Loos
    • , Frédérique Louault
    • , Mariyana I. Lyubenova
    • , Yadvinder Malhi
    • , Corrado Marcenò
    • , Maurizio Mencuccini
    • , Jonas V. Müller
    • , Jérôme Munzinger
    • , Isla H. Myers-Smith
    • , David A. Neill
    • , Ülo Niinemets
    • , Kate H. Orwin
    • , Wim A. Ozinga
    • , Josep Penuelas
    • , Aaron Pérez-Haase
    • , Petr Petřík
    • , Oliver L. Phillips
    • , Meelis Pärtel
    • , Peter B. Reich
    • , Christine Römermann
    • , Arthur V. Rodrigues
    • , Francesco Maria Sabatini
    • , Jordi Sardans
    • , Marco Schmidt
    • , Gunnar Seidler
    • , Javier Eduardo Silva Espejo
    • , Marcos Silveira
    • , Anita Smyth
    • , Maria Sporbert
    • , Jens-Christian Svenning
    • , Zhiyao Tang
    • , Raquel Thomas
    • , Ioannis Tsiripidis
    • , Kiril Vassilev
    • , Cyrille Violle
    • , Risto Virtanen
    • , Evan Weiher
    • , Erik Welk
    • , Karsten Wesche
    • , Marten Winter
    • , Christian Wirth
    •  &  Ute Jandt
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Female common cuckoos often make a hawk-like call after parasitizing a host’s clutch. Here, field experiments show that this call increases the chances of parasitic success by diverting host parents’ attention.

    • Jenny E. York
    •  &  Nicholas B. Davies
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | 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
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Perspective

    Open data is increasing rapidly, but data sets may be scattered among many repositories. Here, the authors present an overview of the open data landscape in ecology and evolutionary biology, and highlight key points to consider when reusing data.

    • Antica Culina
    • , Miriam Baglioni
    • , Tom W. Crowther
    • , Marcel E. Visser
    • , Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer
    •  &  Paolo Manghi
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | 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
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    A meta-analysis comparing the ecological effects of variation within a species with the effects of species replacement or renewal shows that intraspecific effects may be comparable to, or sometimes stronger than, species effects.

    • Simone Des Roches
    • , David M. Post
    • , Nash E. Turley
    • , Joseph K. Bailey
    • , Andrew P. Hendry
    • , Michael T. Kinnison
    • , Jennifer A. Schweitzer
    •  &  Eric P. Palkovacs

Palaeontology & Archaeology

  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    A directly dated Homo sapiens phalanx from the Nefud desert reveals human presence in the Arabian Peninsula before 85,000 years ago. This represents the earliest date for H. sapiens outside Africa and the Levant.

    • Huw S. Groucutt
    • , Rainer Grün
    • , Iyad A. S. Zalmout
    • , Nick A. Drake
    • , Simon J. Armitage
    • , Ian Candy
    • , Richard Clark-Wilson
    • , Julien Louys
    • , Paul S. Breeze
    • , Mathieu Duval
    • , Laura T. Buck
    • , Tracy L. Kivell
    • , Emma Pomeroy
    • , Nicholas B. Stephens
    • , Jay T. Stock
    • , Mathew Stewart
    • , Gilbert J. Price
    • , Leslie Kinsley
    • , Wing Wai Sung
    • , Abdullah Alsharekh
    • , Abdulaziz Al-Omari
    • , Muhammad Zahir
    • , Abdullah M. Memesh
    • , Ammar J. Abdulshakoor
    • , Abdu M. Al-Masari
    • , Ahmed A. Bahameem
    • , Khaled M. S. Al Murayyi
    • , Badr Zahrani
    • , Eleanor L. M. Scerri
    •  &  Michael D. Petraglia
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Evidence from starch grains, theobromine residues and ancient DNA demonstrate cacao use in the upper Amazon circa 5,300 years ago. This is earlier than previous evidence for cacao domestication in Mesoamerica.

    • Sonia Zarrillo
    • , Nilesh Gaikwad
    • , Claire Lanaud
    • , Terry Powis
    • , Christopher Viot
    • , Isabelle Lesur
    • , Olivier Fouet
    • , Xavier Argout
    • , Erwan Guichoux
    • , Franck Salin
    • , Rey Loor Solorzano
    • , Olivier Bouchez
    • , Hélène Vignes
    • , Patrick Severts
    • , Julio Hurtado
    • , Alexandra Yepez
    • , Louis Grivetti
    • , Michael Blake
    •  &  Francisco Valdez
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    A new titanosaurian sauropod, Mansourasaurus, is the most complete terrestrial vertebrate from the post-Cenomanian Cretaceous of the African mainland. Phylogenetic analyses reveal the existence of a titanosaurian clade inhabiting both Africa and Europe at this time and a faunal connection between the two continents.

    • Hesham M. Sallam
    • , Eric Gorscak
    • , Patrick M. O’Connor
    • , Iman A. El-Dawoudi
    • , Sanaa El-Sayed
    • , Sara Saber
    • , Mahmoud A. Kora
    • , Joseph J. W. Sertich
    • , Erik R. Seiffert
    •  &  Matthew C. Lamanna
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Video

    Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. But they haven’t spent the last ten thousand years just snoozing. A new study reveals that tamed cats swept through Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings. The researchers analysed DNA from over 200 cat remains and found 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.

Applied Ecology & Conservation

  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    One of the main drivers of human-induced biodiversity loss is exploitation of natural resources for trade. Here, the authors identify global ‘hotspots’ of threats to wildlife from international trade that directly link production of goods in one country with their consumption in another.

    • Daniel Moran
    •  &  Keiichiro Kanemoto
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Comment

    Recent calls for the reintroduction of functionally important animal species are motivated by a desire to restore ecological function, but overlook the ecological roles performed by humans. Here, we consider humans in ecological context, exploring our roles in the maintenance and restoration of ecosystem function.

    • Rebecca Bliege Bird
    •  &  Dale Nimmo
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Books & Arts

    • Nathaniel J. Dominy
    • , Sandra Winters
    • , Donald E. Pease
    •  &  James P. Higham
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Article

    Daily location data on the individuals of 14 migratory marine species from 2000 to 2009 allow annual migratory cycles to be mapped to the time spent in the high seas and the exclusive economic zones of specific countries, providing a basis for international management strategies for these species.

    • Autumn-Lynn Harrison
    • , Daniel P. Costa
    • , Arliss J. Winship
    • , Scott R. Benson
    • , Steven J. Bograd
    • , Michelle Antolos
    • , Aaron B. Carlisle
    • , Heidi Dewar
    • , Peter H. Dutton
    • , Salvador J. Jorgensen
    • , Suzanne Kohin
    • , Bruce R. Mate
    • , Patrick W. Robinson
    • , Kurt M. Schaefer
    • , Scott A. Shaffer
    • , George L. Shillinger
    • , Samantha E. Simmons
    • , Kevin C. Weng
    • , Kristina M. Gjerde
    •  &  Barbara A. Block
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution | Perspective

    Analysis from global fisheries and the Brazilian Amazon elaborates the links between financial flows through tax havens and environmental degradation.

    • Victor Galaz
    • , Beatrice Crona
    • , Alice Dauriach
    • , Jean-Baptiste Jouffray
    • , Henrik Österblom
    •  &  Jan Fichtner