The January issue of Methods is now online!
It’s a new year and the new issue of is now online! Methods in Ecology and Evolution
We’re starting 2020 with a great issue – and
ALL of the articles are completely free. And they’ll remain free for the whole year. No subscription required.
You can find out more about our Featured Articles (selected by the Senior Editor) below. We also discuss this month’s Open Access,
Practical Tools and Applications articles. There are also articles on species distributions, biotic interactions, taxonomic units and much more.
Posted in Editor Recommendations, Journal updates, Methods papers |
Tagged applications, Bayesian stable isotope mixing models, biodiversity, Biotic Interactions, climate change, Dissection, Genomic Divergence, metabarcoding, Microclimate, Mortality, Mutualistic Networks, open access, Practical Tools, Species Distribution, taxonomy |
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Species Loss and Cascading Effects
Scale-throated Hermit (Phaethornis eurynome). ©Pedro Lorenzo.
Minimising the effects the ongoing Anthropocene mass extinction has become one of the main challenges of our era. The data suggest that the
current rate of species loss is 100–1,000 greater than the background rates seen in the geological record. “But does it really matter if species are lost?” This question has permeated social and political debates. It’s usually used to demean conservation efforts. But it has also intrigued conservation scientists.
We know that species don’t occur alone in their environment. They’re entangled by their interactions, forming complex networks. In these networks the loss of one species may result in the loss of other species that depend on it. This process is known as
co-extinction. Estimates of the magnitude of past and future extinction rates have often failed to account for the interdependence among species and the consequences of primary species loss on other species though. Continue reading
Posted in Conservation and management, Evolution, Second Language Post, Statistical methods, Theoretical methods |
Tagged Coextinction, Extinction, knockout extinction, Mutualistic Networks, Network Ecology, Network Robustness, phenology, Pollination Networks, Rewiring, Species Abundance, Species Loss, Trait Matching, Web of Life |
Below is a press release about the Methods paper ‘ BiMat: a MATLAB package to facilitate the analysis of bipartite networks‘ taken from the Pompeu Fabra University.
Georgia Institute of Technology has created, together with the Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Canterbury, a new open-access and open-source tool for the study of bipartite networks
The team led by
Joshua S. Weitz, Associate Professor at the School of Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed BiMat: an open source MATLAB® package for the study of the structure of bipartite ecological networks inspired by real problems in microbiology and with broader applications. Cesar O. Flores, researcher at the School of Physics of the same institute, describes this new tool in an article published in the journal . Methods in Ecology and Evolution Sergi Valverde, Visiting Professor at the Complex Systems Lab from the Pompeu Fabra University, and Timothée Poisot, from the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Canterbury, are involved in the project. Continue reading
Posted in Journal updates, Methods papers |
Tagged Antagonistic Networks, BiMat, Bipartite Networks, Cesar Flores, Ecological Networks, ecology, Extinctions, Georgia Institute of Technology, Joshua Weitz, MatLab, meta-analysis, Microbial Interactions, Mutualistic Networks, Pompeu Fabra University, Sergi Valverde, Species Interactions, Timothée Poisot, University of Canterbury, visualization |