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  • Article |

    Analysing a database of >1,800 field studies in the terrestrial Arctic, the authors identify large spatial biases in sampling, with nearly one-third of all citations derived from sites located within 50 km of two research stations.

    • Daniel B. Metcalfe
    • , Thirze D. G. Hermans
    • , Jenny Ahlstrand
    • , Michael Becker
    • , Martin Berggren
    • , Robert G. Björk
    • , Mats P. Björkman
    • , Daan Blok
    • , Nitin Chaudhary
    • , Chelsea Chisholm
    • , Aimée T. Classen
    • , Niles J. Hasselquist
    • , Micael Jonsson
    • , Jeppe A. Kristensen
    • , Bright B. Kumordzi
    • , Hanna Lee
    • , Jordan R. Mayor
    • , Janet Prevéy
    • , Karolina Pantazatou
    • , Johannes Rousk
    • , Ryan A. Sponseller
    • , Maja K. Sundqvist
    • , Jing Tang
    • , Johan Uddling
    • , Göran Wallin
    • , Wenxin Zhang
    • , Anders Ahlström
    • , David E. Tenenbaum
    •  & Abdulhakim M. Abdi
  • Article |

    Logarithmic scales are frequently used in ecological data display, but the degree to which they are understood is not clear. Here, the authors survey members of the Ecological Society of America and find that only 56% of respondents correctly interpreted data presented on log–log axes.

    • Duncan N. L. Menge
    • , Anna C. MacPherson
    • , Thomas A. Bytnerowicz
    • , Andrew W. Quebbeman
    • , Naomi B. Schwartz
    • , Benton N. Taylor
    •  & Amelia A. Wolf
  • Comment |

    The emergence of chronic wasting disease among wild reindeer in Norway triggered the decision to eradicate an entire population of more than 2,000 animals. The cull, now complete, was a tremendously difficult process both politically and practically.

    • Atle Mysterud
    •  & Christer M. Rolandsen
  • Brief Communication |

    Damselfish ‘farm' plots of algae through weeding, territorial defence and fertilization. Here, the authors show that some damselfish populations take advantage of natural CO2 vents to enhance their crop productivity and abundance.

    • Camilo M. Ferreira
    • , Ivan Nagelkerken
    • , Silvan U. Goldenberg
    •  & Sean D. Connell
  • Article |

    A new sauropodomorph dinosaur taxon, Ingentia prima, and new lessemsaurid fossils from the Late Triassic of Argentina, reveal a distinctive and early pathway towards gigantism, 30 million years before the first eusauropods appeared.

    • Cecilia Apaldetti
    • , Ricardo N. Martínez
    • , Ignacio A. Cerda
    • , Diego Pol
    •  & Oscar Alcober
  • Article |

    Single-species antibiotic dose response is a poor predictor of multi-species community dynamics because it cannot foresee the tipping points that cause irreversible changes in resistance that persist even when treatment stops.

    • Robert E. Beardmore
    • , Emily Cook
    • , Susanna Nilsson
    • , Adam R. Smith
    • , Anna Tillmann
    • , Brooke D. Esquivel
    • , Ken Haynes
    • , Neil A. R. Gow
    • , Alistair J. P. Brown
    • , Theodore C. White
    •  & Ivana Gudelj
  • News & Views |

    Predicting and steering the fate of antibiotic resistance requires developing ecology- and evolution-aware strategies.

    • Rene Niehus
    •  & Sara Mitri
  • News & Views |

    A transgenerational study in sticklebacks suggests that when an individual is exposed to conflicting information about predation, either directly through personal experience or indirectly through parental exposure, the typical response is to assume a predator is present.

    • Emilie C. Snell-Rood
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    Comparative genomics of eight populations of the copepod Tigriopus californicus reveals extreme mtDNA divergence and rapid protein evolution as well as positive selection in genes predicted to interact with mtDNA, which suggests mitonuclear coevolution.

    • Felipe S. Barreto
    • , Eric T. Watson
    • , Thiago G. Lima
    • , Christopher S. Willett
    • , Suzanne Edmands
    • , Weizhong Li
    •  & Ronald S. Burton
  • News & Views |

    Genomes of eight populations of the copepod Tigriopus californicus show a correlation between rapid mitochondrial evolution and compensatory nuclear evolution, suggesting that mitonuclear incompatibilities might drive speciation in this system.

    • Jerome H. L. Hui
  • Article |

    Analysing a model of randomly interacting species, the authors show that stable, biodiverse communities can be achieved in which network structure has little influence.

    • Carlos A. Serván
    • , José A. Capitán
    • , Jacopo Grilli
    • , Kent E. Morrison
    •  & Stefano Allesina
  • Article |

    Mitonuclear interactions can promote population divergence. Here, the authors find a genomic cluster of differentiation and signatures of selection in a region with an over-representation of nuclear genes that interact with mitochondrial genes in a songbird.

    • Hernán E. Morales
    • , Alexandra Pavlova
    • , Nevil Amos
    • , Richard Major
    • , Andrzej Kilian
    • , Chris Greening
    •  & Paul Sunnucks
  • News & Views |

    Several recent theoretical studies develop tools to predict species diversity in large model ecosystems, setting a new benchmark for understanding the mechanism of species coexistence in natural ecosystems.

    • Shaopeng Wang
  • Article |

    Phenotypic plasticity may play a role in initiating novelty. This study provides evidence for selection on phenotypic plasticity leading to the evolution of a carnivore morph tadpole, which allowed spadefoot toads to invade a new niche.

    • Nicholas A. Levis
    • , Andrew J. Isdaner
    •  & David W. Pfennig
  • Article |

    Genetic sequencing of 137 silkworm strains enables reconstruction of silkworm domestication history and identifies key genes involved in silk production, circadian rhythms, as well as candidate genes associated with breeding traits.

    • Hui Xiang
    • , Xiaojing Liu
    • , Muwang Li
    • , Ya’nan Zhu
    • , Lizhi Wang
    • , Yong Cui
    • , Liyuan Liu
    • , Gangqi Fang
    • , Heying Qian
    • , Anying Xu
    • , Wen Wang
    •  & Shuai Zhan
  • Article |

    Experimental archaeological ballistic modelling suggests that lesions on 120,000-year-old deer skeletons from Neumark-Nord, Germany, were caused by close-range use of thrusting spears on the part of Neanderthals.

    • Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser
    • , Elisabeth S. Noack
    • , Eduard Pop
    • , Constantin Herbst
    • , Johannes Pfleging
    • , Jonas Buchli
    • , Arne Jacob
    • , Frieder Enzmann
    • , Lutz Kindler
    • , Radu Iovita
    • , Martin Street
    •  & Wil Roebroeks
  • Editorial |

    Nature Ecology & Evolution’s broad scope brings together all strands of the story of biodiversity, and how our species fits in this ongoing narrative.

  • 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