The shortest distance may not be a straight line

Anthropogenic disturbances affect the structure of metacommunities Above: Examples of Brazilian Neotropical Savanna stream sampled in our study. The current conditions of any ecosystem are the result of both ancient and contemporary processes, such as geological shifts, ecological conditions in adjacent ecosystems and changes in land use and occupation. Local biodiversity, especially, is a reflectionContinue reading “The shortest distance may not be a straight line”

ECR Feature: Evan Whiting on species richness in snakes and lizards

Evan Whiting is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. He is a herpetologist interested in understanding the diversification and biogeography of reptiles. Evan shares his recent work on latitudinal and environmental clines (or lack thereof) across and within different snake and lizard clades in continental North America. Evan Whiting enjoying a hike inContinue reading “ECR Feature: Evan Whiting on species richness in snakes and lizards”

ECR feature: Victor Noguerales on spatio-temporal dynamics shaping genetic variation

Victor Noguerales is a postdoc at the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología in the Canary Islands – Spain. He is a phylogeographer interested in elucidating the mechanisms generating biological diversity, from populations to communities. Here, Victor shares his work on spatial hypotheses testing the processes promoting the genetic structure in a halophilic grasshopper. VíctorContinue reading “ECR feature: Victor Noguerales on spatio-temporal dynamics shaping genetic variation”

ECR feature: Juan David González-Trujillo on processes shaping beta diversity

Juan David is a postdoc at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain. He is an ecologist interested in explaining how historical events shape current biodiversity patterns. Here, JD shares his recent research on how past and current processes impact beta diversity in Neotropical streams. Juan David González-Trujillo is a postdoc researcher at theContinue reading “ECR feature: Juan David González-Trujillo on processes shaping beta diversity”

Moving beyond species richness: Ecorichness

A new species-based metric for island biogeography Above: The response of the new metric ‘ecorichness’ to island area for terrestrial isopods of central Aegean islands. Size of dots is proportional to the number of habitats of each island. Habitat diversity, as an estimate of environmental heterogeneity, has been considered among the main factors shaping patternsContinue reading “Moving beyond species richness: Ecorichness”

ECR feature: Timothy Perez on plant heat tolerance

Tim is a postdoc at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is an ecophysiologist interested in how plants respond to differences in climate. Here, he shares his recent research on how phylogeny and climate predict little variation in plant heat tolerance responses. Author Timothy Perez, some bromeliads, aroids, and a rainbow eucalyptus tree atContinue reading “ECR feature: Timothy Perez on plant heat tolerance”

ECR Feature: Gimo Mazembe Daniel on dung beetle diversification

Gimo is a recently appointed research scientist at the National Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is an entomologist with interests in understanding the systematics and biogeography of dung beetles and related scarab beetles. Gimo shares his recent work on the contributions of different environmental factors in shaping diversity in the dung beetle genus, Sisyphus.Continue reading “ECR Feature: Gimo Mazembe Daniel on dung beetle diversification”

Responses of red deer to climatic oscillations

During the last 54 000 years, the range of red deer in Europe and the Ural Mountains changed in response to climate oscillations, generally decreasing in cooler periods and expanding in warmer periods, largely in agreement with the Expansion-Contraction model. However, these processes were asynchronous and differed in western and central regions when compared to easternContinue reading “Responses of red deer to climatic oscillations”

RFP for Special Issue in Geogenomics

Integrating geology, geography and genomics to study the coupled evolution of life and Earth. Geogenomics is  an emerging field at the intersection of geology, geobiology, Earth system science, genomics, and higher-level biodiversity studies. Geogenomics employs genomic data to solve geologic problems or constrain geological hypotheses. Conversely, phylogenetics and phylogeography seek to use the geological recordContinue reading “RFP for Special Issue in Geogenomics”

ECR Feature: Arya Sidharthan on the cryptic diversity of mountain loaches

Arya Sidharthan is a PhD student at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, India. She is a freshwater fish biologist, who uses molecular tools to study the ecology and evolution of fishes. Arya shares her recent work on unravelling the evolutionary history and cryptic diversity of mountain loaches in the Western Ghats. It’sContinue reading “ECR Feature: Arya Sidharthan on the cryptic diversity of mountain loaches”