Section Editors

  • Michel Baguette, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
  • Michael Bonsall, University of Oxford
  • Jean Clobert, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS
  • David Hughes, Penn State University
  • Josef Settele, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

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  • Catherine Potenski, BioMed Central


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    BMC Ecology image competition 2014

    We announce the winners of the 2014 BMC Ecology image competition.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:24
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    Herbivore responses to a toxic diet

    Woodrat populations that have evolutionary experience of ingesting creosote toxins display similar biotransformation strategies compared to naïve populations, revealing key genes that are upregulated in response to a toxic diet.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:23
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    Climate and sex influence population dynamics

    The geographic range and population dynamics of species in which the sex-ratio is determined by temperature, such as some reptiles, is influenced by dispersal to a greater extent than species in which the sex-ratio is genetically determined.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:19
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    Population structure of an endangered seal

    Genetic diversity in populations of the critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal are the lowest so far recorded among Pinnipeds, displaying a downward trajectory in diversity over the past 28 years.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:22
  • Image attributed to: Chris Darimont

    Island wolves are genetically different

    Wolves living in coastal island archipelagos of British Columbia are genetically different from nearby populations living on the mainland despite being able to swim between landmasses, suggesting an ecological bias toward exploiting marine resources.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:11



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