News & Comment

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • News & Views |

    A comparison of men who migrated from Bangladesh to the United Kingdom at different ages, alongside men who were lifelong residents of both countries, reveals that early environments determine levels of reproductive hormones and secondary sexual characteristics.

    • Aaron D. Blackwell
  • News & Views |

    While most species have two sexes, multi-sex systems also occur in nature. The frequency of sexual reproduction is a key parameter to explain how many sexes a species has.

    • Sujal S. Phadke
  • News & Views |

    Two deer bones from the 120,000-year-old Neanderthal site of Neumark-Nord 1 bear damage consistent with impact from a wooden spear. The hunting lesions are the earliest clear examples of such bone damage and give clues to how Neanderthals hunted their prey.

    • Annemieke Milks
  • Correspondence |

    • Dirk L. Hoffmann
    • , Christopher D. Standish
    • , Alistair W. G. Pike
    • , Marcos García-Diez
    • , Paul B. Pettitt
    • , Diego E. Angelucci
    • , Valentín Villaverde
    • , Josefina Zapata
    • , James A. Milton
    • , Javier Alcolea-González
    • , Pedro Cantalejo-Duarte
    • , Hipolito Collado
    • , Rodrigo de Balbín
    • , Michel Lorblanchet
    • , José Ramos-Muñoz
    • , Gerd-Christian Weniger
    •  & João Zilhão
  • Comment |

    The amount of open data in ecology and evolution is increasing rapidly, yet this resource remains underused. Here, we introduce a new framework and case study for conducting meta-analyses of open datasets, and discuss its benefits and current limitations.

    • Antica Culina
    • , Thomas W. Crowther
    • , Jip J. C. Ramakers
    • , Phillip Gienapp
    •  & Marcel E. Visser
  • Correspondence |

    • Erin K. Cameron
    • , Inês S. Martins
    • , Patrick Lavelle
    • , Jérôme Mathieu
    • , Leho Tedersoo
    • , Felix Gottschall
    • , Carlos A. Guerra
    • , Jes Hines
    • , Guillaume Patoine
    • , Julia Siebert
    • , Marten Winter
    • , Simone Cesarz
    • , Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
    • , Olga Ferlian
    • , Noah Fierer
    • , Holger Kreft
    • , Thomas E. Lovejoy
    • , Luca Montanarella
    • , Alberto Orgiazzi
    • , Henrique M. Pereira
    • , Helen R. P. Phillips
    • , Josef Settele
    • , Diana H. Wall
    •  & Nico Eisenhauer
  • 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
  • News & Views |

    An extensive dataset indicates that nitrogen-fixing trees are most abundant in young, dry tropical forests. The finding expands the potential for natural nitrogen fertilization and carbon dioxide sequestration in areas recovering from land use.

    • Sarah A. Batterman
  • Editorial |

    A new Nature journal checklist for authors is tailored specifically to ecology and evolution research, and is the product of feedback from the scientific community.

  • Comment |

    Regulations designed to prevent global inequalities in the use of genetic resources apply to both commercial and non-commercial research. Conflating the two may have unintended consequences for collaboration between the Global North and biodiverse countries in the Global South, which may promote global injustice rather than mitigate it.

    • Anna Deplazes-Zemp
    • , Samuel Abiven
    • , Peter Schaber
    • , Michael Schaepman
    • , Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
    • , Bernhard Schmid
    • , Kentaro K. Shimizu
    •  & Florian Altermatt
  • Comment |

    European governments are poised to ban neonicotinoid pesticides. Insights from six years as a senior government advisor have led me to conclude that agricultural reform is urgently needed, beyond cycles of pesticide licensing and withdrawal.

    • Ian L. Boyd
  • News & Views |

    New details of the social and sex lives of platypodine ambrosia beetles support a controversial link between parental monogamy and complex animal societies.

    • Nicholas G. Davies