- Michel Baguette, Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle
- Michael Bonsall, University of Oxford
- Jean Clobert, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS
- Nick Royle, University of Exeter
- Josef Settele, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
- Simon Harold, BioMed Central
Herbivory by an invasive slug species is dramatically reduced by both the presence of earthworms and the composition of plant species within experimental communities, highlighting how belowground effects can influence aboveground processes.
Chilli seedlings germinate better when grown in the presence of ‘good neighbour’ plants like basil even when all forms of chemical and visual signals are blocked, suggesting that an as-yet unidentified system of communication exists between plants.
Alex Hardisty and Dave Roberts outline a grand vision for the future of biodiversity research that is based on a fully integrated e-infrastructure, following a huge community consultation effort with the Biodiversity Informatics Community.
Stratification of feeding heights among herbivorous dinosaurs of the Dinosaur Park Formation, Canada, is unlikely to have played a role in dietary niche partitioning, suggesting another evolutionary mechanism drove the diversification of dinosaurs in this region.
Guest judge Yan Wong and the Editorial Board of BMC Ecology announce the winners of their first Ecology Image Competition, and explain how each of the winning entries represents an evocative portrait of ecology in action.
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Congratulations to Dr Moritz Muschick, winner of the 1st BMC Ecology Image Competition.
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Nick Royle is senior lecturer in behavioural ecology at the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Penryn, in Cornwall, UK.
Dr Royle's work focuses on functional and mechanistic approaches to understanding social environmental and early life-history effects on the expression of traits and consequences thereof, especially in the context of parental care. Current model organisms for Dr Royle's work include Nicrophorus burying beetles and various species of bird.