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SEEDS Visits Puerto Rico
In March, students in our SEEDS program visited NEON field sites in Puerto Rico for hands-on learning and exploration to support their interest in ecology careersRead more
Improve Your Titles and Abstracts
We're pleased to welcome Bruce Kirchoff to lead this 2-hour workshop on improved titles and abstracts for scientific presentations, just in time for the Annual Meeting!Read more
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Journals & Publications
Maps that display the geographic ranges of species, including the iconic African baobab (Adansonia digitata and its close relatives), have traditionally appeared as oversimplified illustrations. These uniform depictions overlook variations in environmental factors, interspecific interactions, and human pressures that exist across a species’ distribution. In the June issue of Frontiers, Harris et al. explain how adding such detail or “texture” to range maps can help scientists and cartographers improve conservation efforts of imperiled taxa, promote interdisciplinary collaborations, and facilitate stakeholder engagement.
Flowers provide resources for bees and other pollinators, but they can also act as transmission hubs for parasites and diseases. In their study published in the July issue of Ecology, Pinilla-Gallego et al. tested whether species identity or floral traits better predict transmission of a gut parasite to bumble bees, and which floral traits promote its transmission.
Floods and droughts routinely disturb riverine ecosystems, especially in arid regions that experience frequent flash floods and dry summers, such as the highly variable Agua Fria River in Arizona, USA, pictured here. In the June issue of Ecosphere, Baruch et al. documented variation in fish community composition in streams across Arizona to evaluate interactive effects between extreme high- and low-flow events and the long-term disturbance regime on communities over time. The authors found flow regime variability acted as a filter, selecting for adaptive traits that determined how fish communities responded to disturbance events. Streams with more variable flow regimes had lower diversity, but also exhibited less change in response to extreme flow events than streams with more predictable regimes.
Two related papers in the July issue of Ecological Applications explore the combined impact of conservation actions. McNay et al. (Article 2580) highlight Indigenous-led conservation efforts which have successfully averted the extirpation of caribou through maternal penning and wolf reductions, tripling the abundance of caribou in less than a decade. Lamb et al. (Article 2581) illustrate how habitat restoration and protection will help these caribou grow rapidly and one day support a culturally meaningful hunt.
Patterns in functional diversity of organisms at large spatial scales can provide insight into possible responses to future climate change. In their study published in the May issue of Ecological Monographs, Sun, et al. investigate thermal acclimation of three species of Takydromus lizards distributed along a broad latitudinal gradient in China. Their results show that temperate lizards express higher metabolic plasticity compared to tropical lizards at multiple levels of biological hierarchies, suggesting increased resilience to climate change. Pictured is a female Takydromus septentrionalis, which is a temperate species showing remarkable metabolic acclimation in response to temperature variation.
In the July issue of the ESA Bulletin, Robin et al. present the highlights of a community conversation about engaging more community college students in field research. Instructors and faculty from an array of United States community colleges shared insights and practices from their experiences designing and implementing accessible, inclusive field research opportunities for their students.