Ecology vol. 95, #7 – what do birds and mammals eat?


There are many great titles in the latest issue of Ecology. My favorite, however, was this one:

EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world’s birds and mammals

Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2027-2027.
Abstract | PDF (55 KB)

This paper is simply an abstract describing a linked dataset to something really cool: a complete record of diets for every species of bird and mammal on Planet Earth. It’s a more complex question than you might realize. Many of our birds, for instance, switch diets throughout the year depending on food availability, what’s best to collect for their young, whether or not individuals are packing on fat for migration, etc. A one-stop shop for an objective accounting of avian diets is really quite a boon to a researcher’s ability to quickly and efficiently access life history information.

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These American Avocets are doing what Wilman et al. (2014) predict they’d be doing 80% of their foraging time: skimming the water for invertebrates.

Anyway, that one’s my favorite, but there are many other great titles. Check them out:

Ecology Issue Alert

Volume: 95, Number: 7 (July)
A new issue is now available online from the Ecological Society of America at: http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecol/95/7?ai=rv&ui=1kjl&af=H

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Reports

Species-level and community-level responses to disturbance: a cross-community analysis

Sarah R. Supp and S. K. Morgan Ernest
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1717-1723.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (561 KB)

Grass invasion increases top-down pressure on an amphibian via structurally mediated effects on an intraguild predator

Jayna L. DeVore and John C. Maerz
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1724-1730.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1090 KB)

Morphological variability in tree root architecture indirectly affects coexistence among competitors in the understory

Erik T. Aschehoug and Ragan M. Callaway
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1731-1736.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (388 KB)

Articles

How the timing of weather events influences early development in a large mammal

D. K. Hendrichsen and N. J. C. Tyler
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1737-1745.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1537 KB)

Mast species composition alters seed fate in North American rodent-dispersed hardwoods

Nathanael I. Lichti, Michael A. Steele, Hao Zhang, and Robert K. Swihart
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1746-1758.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (517 KB)

Granivory of invasive, naturalized, and native plants in communities differentially susceptible to invasion

B. M. Connolly, D. E. Pearson, and R. N. Mack
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1759-1769.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (571 KB)

Ephemeral disturbances have long-lasting impacts on forest invasion dynamics

Anne K. Eschtruth and John J. Battles
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1770-1779.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (900 KB)

Trait–environment relationships remain strong despite 50 years of trait compositional change in temperate forests

Kathryn L. Amatangelo, Sarah E. Johnson, David A. Rogers, and Donald M. Waller
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1780-1791.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (922 KB)

Yeasts in nectar enhance male fitness in a montane perennial herb

Robert N. Schaeffer and Rebecca E. Irwin
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1792-1798.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (142 KB)

Bird sky networks: How do avian scavengers use social information to find carrion?

Ainara Cortés-Avizanda, Roger Jovani, José Antonio Donázar, and Volker Grimm
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1799-1808.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1845 KB)

Assessing population viability while accounting for demographic and environmental uncertainty

Steffen Oppel, Geoff Hilton, Norman Ratcliffe, Calvin Fenton, James Daley, Gerard Gray, Juliet Vickery, and David Gibbons
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1809-1818.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1189 KB)

Plant and microbial responses to nitrogen and phosphorus addition across an elevational gradient in subarctic tundra

Maja K. Sundqvist, Zhanfeng Liu, Reiner Giesler, and David A. Wardle
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1819-1835.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3419 KB)

Long-term resilience of above- and belowground ecosystem components among contrasting ecosystems

David A. Wardle and Micael Jonsson
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1836-1849.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3007 KB)

Population dynamics in central and edge populations of a narrowly endemic plant

Melissa L. Aikens and Deborah A. Roach
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1850-1860.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (2020 KB)

Effects of arctic shrub expansion on biophysical vs. biogeochemical drivers of litter decomposition

Jennie DeMarco, Michelle C. Mack, and M. Syndonia Bret-Harte
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1861-1875.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (392 KB)

Large-scale spatial variation in parasite communities influenced by anthropogenic factors

Irit Altman and James E. Byers
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1876-1887.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (386 KB)

Complementarity and redundancy of interactions enhance attack rates and spatial stability in host–parasitoid food webs

Guadalupe Peralta, Carol M. Frost, Tatyana A. Rand, Raphael K. Didham, and Jason M. Tylianakis
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1888-1896.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (193 KB)

Grassland fires may favor native over introduced plants by reducing pathogen loads

Bitty A. Roy, Kenneth Hudson, Matt Visser, and Bart R. Johnson
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1897-1906.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (226 KB)

Higher plant diversity promotes higher diversity of fungal pathogens, while it decreases pathogen infection per plant

Tanja Rottstock, Jasmin Joshi, Volker Kummer, and Markus Fischer
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1907-1917.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1060 KB)

Responses of high-altitude graminoids and soil fungi to 20 years of experimental warming

Jennifer A. Rudgers, Stephanie N. Kivlin, Kenneth D. Whitney, Mary V. Price, Nickolas M. Waser, and John Harte
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1918-1928.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (578 KB)

Fishing drives declines in fish parasite diversity and has variable effects on parasite abundance

Chelsea L. Wood, Stuart A. Sandin, Brian Zgliczynski, Ana Sofía Guerra, and Fiorenza Micheli
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1929-1946.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3461 KB)

Contrasting patterns of allochthony among three major groups of crustacean zooplankton in boreal and temperate lakes

Martin Berggren, Susan E. Ziegler, Nicolas F. St-Gelais, Beatrix E. Beisner, and Paul A. del Giorgio
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1947-1959.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (6328 KB)

Tidal pulsing alters nitrous oxide fluxes in a temperate intertidal mudflat

A. M. Vieillard and R. W. Fulweiler
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1960-1971.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1437 KB)

Recruitment and herbivory affect spread of invasive Spartina alterniflora in China

Zhengjie Li, Wenqing Wang, and Yihui Zhang
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1972-1980.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (323 KB)

Relationships between the history of thermal stress and the relative risk of diseases of Caribbean corals

C. J. Randall, A. G. Jordan-Garza, E. M. Muller, and R. van Woesik
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1981-1994.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (10339 KB)

Context-dependent effects of nutrient loading on the coral–algal mutualism

Andrew A. Shantz and Deron E. Burkepile
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1995-2005.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (192 KB)

Predicting population-level risk effects of predation from the responses of individuals

Colin D. MacLeod, Ross MacLeod, Jennifer A. Learmonth, Will Cresswell, and Graham J. Pierce
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2006-2015.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (430 KB)

Do communities exist? Complex patterns of overlapping marine species distributions

Rebecca Leaper, Piers K. Dunstan, Scott D. Foster, Neville S. Barrett, and Graham J. Edgar
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2016-2025.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (2892 KB)

Data Papers

Biomass and its allocation of Chinese forest ecosystems

Yunjian Luo, Xiaoquan Zhang, Xiaoke Wang, and Fei Lu
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2026-2026.
Abstract | PDF (57 KB)

EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world’s birds and mammals

Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2027-2027.
Abstract | PDF (55 KB)

Erratum

ERRATUM

Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2028-2028.
Citation | Full Text | PDF (99 KB)

Book Reviews

Book Reviews

ESA
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2029-2030.
Citation | Full Text | PDF (79 KB)

Books and Monographs Received

Books and Monographs Received

ESA
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2032-2032.
Citation | Full Text | PDF (58 KB)

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