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Journals & Publications
Throughout the 1930s, extreme droughts – in combination with decades of misguided land-use practices – led to the iconic Dust Bowl in North America’s Great Plains. In the September issue of Frontiers, Peters et al. recommend that ecologists not only use historical climatic events to identify potential drivers of global change but also embrace a multi-scale perspective to better predict the impacts of future extremes.
Using soils from their field site, Hicks et al. found that labile organic matter inputs representing shrub root-exudates stimulated nitrogen mineralization, yielding more nutrients for plant-growth. This reinforcing aboveground–belowground feedback may accelerate the rate of Arctic greening. Their results are reported in the September issue of Ecology.
Reports of urban wildlife sightings increased during the worldwide shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zellmer et al., in the August issue of Ecosphere, explore whether those reports are indicative of actual changes in wildlife behavior or the result of an increase in attention to urban wildlife by human inhabitants during the shutdown and how this unprecedented situation might provide an opportunity to engage the public in wildlife conservation efforts.
In the September issue of Ecological Applications, Magel et al. show that on tropical reefs it is not just the coral animals that are susceptible to heat stress. In the equatorial Paciﬁc Ocean, reef ﬁsh abundance and biomass halved during heat stress induced by the 2015–2016 El Niño, presumably as the ﬁsh moved to deeper, cooler waters. One year afterwards however, reef ﬁshes had rebounded.
Male-only parental care evolved multiple times among Neotropical glassfrogs. Delia et al. found that male care evolved in association with maternal changes to egg clutches that impact embryos’ need for care. Their findings are presented in the August issue of Ecological Monographs.
- Louisiana State University: Postdoctoral Researcher of Ecology (Plant Herbivore) September 25, 2020
- University of Notre Dame: Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution or Environmental Change September 23, 2020
- Trois-Rivières : Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Watershed-Aquatic Ecosystem Interactions September 21, 2020
- Stony Brook University: IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship September 11, 2020
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Director September 1, 2020