In Focus

In Focus articles are short articles in each issue that draw attention to papers of high-interest published in the same issue. The In Focus articles act as mini-reviews that expand the context of the paper they are featuring. All In Focus and featured articles are free to read.

November 2017 (Issue 86:6)

Dawn song in natural and artificial continuous day: Light pollution affects songbirds at high latitudes

(pages 1283–1285)

Elizabeth P. Derryberry

Singing from North to South: Latitudinal variation in timing of dawn singing under natural and artificial light conditions

(pages 1286–1297)

Arnaud Da Silva, Bart Kempenaers

September 2017 (Issue 86:5)

Stay‐at‐home strategy brings fitness benefits to migrants

(pages 983–986)

James J. Gilroy

An age‐dependent fitness cost of migration? Old trans‐Saharan migrating spoonbills breed later than those staying in Europe, and late breeders have lower recruitment

(pages 998–1009)

Tamar Lok, Linde Veldhoen, Otto Overdijk, Joost M. Tinbergen, Theunis Piersma


Reproductive performance of resident and migrant males, females and pairs in a partially migratory bird

(pages 1010–1021)

Hannah Grist, Francis Daunt, Sarah Wanless, Sarah J. Burthe, Mark A. Newell, Mike P. Harris, Jane M. Reid

July 2017 (Issue 86:4)

Nematodes, exotic earthworms and nitrogen addition: interactions between global change factors lead to cancellation effects (pages 705–707)

Jonathan R. De Long

Nitrogen deposition cancels out exotic earthworm effects on plant‐feeding nematode communities (pages 708–717)

Yuanhu Shao, Weixin Zhang, Nico Eisenhauer, Tao Liu, Yanmei Xiong, Chenfei Liang, Shenglei Fu

May 2017 (Issue 86:3)

The dynamics of transmission and the dynamics of networks (pages 415–418)

Damien Farine

Dynamic vs. static social networks in models of parasite transmission: predicting Cryptosporidium spread in wild lemurs (pages 419–433)

Andrea Springer, Peter M. Kappeler and Charles L. Nunn

March 2017 (Issue 86:2)

Honey buzzards don't always make a beeline (pages 173-175)

Jason W. Chapman

Seasonal detours by soaring migrants shaped by wind regimes along the East Atlantic Flyway (pages 179-191)

Wouter M. G. Vansteelant, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Willem van Manen, Jan van Diermen and Willem Bouten

Bold perch live life in the fast lane (pages 176–178)

Bart Adriaenssens

Fast–slow life history is correlated with individual differences in movements and prey selection in an aquatic predator in the wild (pages 192–201)

Shinnosuke Nakayama, Tobias Rapp and Robert Arlinghaus

Chao Zhang, Mieke Jansen, Luc De Meester and Robby Stoks

September 2016 (Issue 85:5)

It's only a matter of time: the altered role of subsidies in a warming world (pages1133–1135)
Eoin J. O'Gorman

A test of the effects of timing of a pulsed resource subsidy on stream ecosystems (pages 1136–1146)
Takuya Sato, Rana W. El-Sabaawi, Kirsten Campbell, Tamihisa Ohta and John S. Richardson

July 2016 (Issue 85:4)

A bird's eye view of a deleterious recessive allele (pages 855–856)
Robert Ekblom

Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern (pages 879–891)
Amanda E. Trask, Eric M. Bignal, Davy I. McCracken, Pat Monaghan, Stuart B. Piertney and Jane M. Reid

May 2016 (Issue 85:3)

Staying out of the heat: how habitat use is determined by local temperature (pages 611–613)
Martin J. Genner

Temperature-associated habitat selection in a cold-water marine fish (pages 628–637)
Carla Freitas, Esben M. Olsen, Halvor Knutsen, Jon Albretsen and Even Moland

March 2016 (Issue 85:2)

Getting the smell of it – odour cues structure pollinator networks (pages 315–317)
Peter A. Hambäck

Experimental manipulation of floral scent bouquets restructures flower–visitor interactions in the field (pages 396–408)
Anne-Amélie C. Larue, Robert A. Raguso and Robert R. Junker

January 2016 (Issue 85:1)

Flying with the winds: differential migration strategies in relation to winds in moth and songbirds (pages 1–4)
Susanne Åkesson

Adaptive strategies in nocturnally migrating insects and songbirds: contrasting responses to wind (pages 1461–1468)
Jason W. Chapman, Cecilia Nilsson, Ka S. Lim, Johan Bäckman, Don R. Reynolds and Thomas Alerstam

November 2015 (Issue 84:6)

In Focus: Animal personality meets community ecology: founder species aggression and the dynamics of spider communities (pages 1457–1460)
John L. Quinn

Animal personality in a foundation species drives community divergence and collapse in the wild (pages 1461–1468)
Jonathan N. Pruitt and Andreas P.Modlmeier

September 2015 (Issue 84:5)

In Focus: Encountering extreme weather during migration: individual strategies and their consequences (pages 1141–1143)
Jennifer A. Gill

When Siberia came to the Netherlands: the response of continental black-tailed godwits to a rare spring weather event (pages 1164–1176)
Nathan R. Senner et al. 

July 2015 (Issue 84:4)

The crabs that live where hot and cold collide (pages 889–891)
Andrew R. Thurber

In hot and cold water: differential life-history traits are key to success in contrasting thermal deep-sea environments (pages 898–913)
Leigh Marsh et al. 

May 2015 (Issue 84:3)

In Focus: New insights: animal-borne cameras and accelerometers reveal the secret lives of cryptic species (pages 587–589)
Graeme C. Hays

Ocean sunfish rewarm at the surface after deep excursions to forage for siphonophores (pages 590–603)
Itsumi Nakamura et al. 

March 2015 (Issue 84:2)

The adaptive potential of maternal stress exposure in regulating population dynamics (pages 323–325)
Michael J. Sheriff

Maternal effects and population regulation: maternal density-induced reproduction suppression impairs offspring capacity in response to immediate environment in root voles Microtus oeconomus (pages 326–336)
Jiang-Hui Bian et al.

January 2015 (Issue 84:1)

In Focus: Onwards and upwards – aphid flight trends follow climate change (pages 1–3)
Simon Leather

Long-term phenological trends, species accumulation rates, aphid traits and climate: five decades of change in migrating aphids (pages 21–34)
James Bell et al. 

November 2014 (Issue 83:6)

In Focus: Bringing animal personality research into the food web arena (pages 1245–1247)
Gregor Kalinkat

Trait-mediated functional responses: predator behavioural type mediates prey consumption (pages 1469–1477)
Benjamin Toscano and Blaine Griffen 

September 2014 (Issue 83:5)

In Focus: The evolutionary significance of latent reproductive rate in a long-lived vertebrate (pages 1003–1006)
Emmanuelle Cam

An evolutionary perspective on reproductive individual heterogeneity in a marine vertebrate (pages 1158–1168)
Thierry Chambert et al. 

July 2014 (Issue 83:4)

In Focus: Extracting order from elegant chaos: implications of the marine diversity spectrum (pages 741–743)
Thomas Webb

The marine diversity spectrum (pages 963–979)
Daniel Reuman et al.


May 2014 (Issue 83:3)

In Focus: Integrating comparative functional response experiments into global change research (pages 525–527)
Eoin O’Gorman

Fortune favours the bold: a higher predator reduces the impact of a native but not an invasive intermediate predator (pages 693–701)
Daniel Barrios-O'Neill et al. 

March 2014 (Issue 83:2)

In Focus: Accounting for individual behavioural variation in studies of habitat selection (pages 319–321)
Aaron Wirsing & Michael Heithaus

Linking habitat selection and predation risk to spatial variation in survival (pages 343–352)
Nicholas DeCesare et al.


January 2014 (Issue 83:1)

In Focus: Tracking animals to their death (pages 5–6)
Graeme Hays

When and where does mortality occur in migratory birds? Direct evidence from long-term satellite tracking of raptors (pages 176–184)
Raymond Klaassen et al. 

November 2013 (Issue 82:6)

In Focus: Climate change heats matrix population models (pages 1117–1119)
Salvador Herrando-Pérez

The intrinsic growth rate as a predictor of population viability under climate warming (pages 1240–1253)
Priyanga Amarasekare & Renato Coutinho 

September 2013 (Issue 82:5)

In Focus: Numbers count: caste-specific component Allee effects and their interactions (pages 723–926)
William Hughes

Allee effects in ants (pages 956–965)
Gloria Luque et al.


July 2013 (Issue 82:4)

In Focus: Fear begets function in the ‘brown’ world of detrital food webs (pages 717–720)
Elizabeth Nichols

Predatory beetles facilitate plant growth by driving earthworms to lower soil layers (pages 749–758)
Shucun Sun et al.

May 2013 (Issue 82:3)

In Focus: Inadvertent consequences of fishing: the case of the sex-changing shrimp (pages 495–497)
Isabelle Côté

Maladaptive sex ratio adjustment by a sex-changing shrimp in selective-fishing environments (pages 632–641)
Susumu Chiba et al.

March 2013 (Issue 82:2)

In Focus: Who's hot and who's not: ocean warming alters species dominance through competitive displacement (pages 287–289)
Ivan Nagelkerken & Stephen Simpson

Climate change exacerbates interspecific interactions in sympatric coastal fishes (pages 468–477)
Marco Milazzo et al.

January 2013 (Issue 82:1)

In Focus: Predicting responses to climate change requires all life-history stages (pages 3–5)
Sara Zeigler

Each life stage matters: the importance of assessing response to climate change over the complete life cycle in butterflies (pages 275–285)
Viktoriia Radchuk et al.

November 2012 (Issue 81:6)

In Focus: Stress as a modifier of biodiversity effects on ecosystem processes? (pages 1143–1145)
Mark Gessner & Jes Hines

Testing the stress-gradient hypothesis with aquatic detritivorous invertebrates: insights for biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research (pages 1259–1267)
Vincent Fugère et al.

September 2012 (Issue 81:5)

In Focus: Unpacking the impoverished nature of secondary forests (pages 937–939)
Catherine Parr

Why are there more arboreal ant species in primary than in secondary tropical forests? (pages 1103–1112)
Petr Klimes et al.

July 2012 (Issue 81:4)

In Focus: The lengths birds will go to avoid incest (pages 735–737)
Robert Heinsohn

Inbreeding avoidance mechanisms: dispersal dynamics in cooperatively breeding southern pied babblers (pages 876–833)
Martha Nelson-Flower et al.

May 2012 (Issue 81:3)

In Focus: Unravelling stability-complexity relationships  (pages 513–515)
Alan Hastings

Bottom-up effects of species diversity on the functioning and stability of food webs  (pages 701–713)
Anita Narwani & Asit Mazumder

March 2012 (Issue 81:2)

In Focus: The role of phylogeny in desert rodent community assembly (pages 307–309)
James H. Brown

Phylogenetic structure illuminates the mechanistic role of environmental heterogeneity in community organization (pages 455–462)
Richard D. Stevens et al.

January 2012 (Issue 81:1)

In Focus: Transient host–parasitoid dynamics illuminate the practice of biological pest control (pages 1–3)
Nicholas J. Mills

The role of transient dynamics in biological pest control: insights from a host–parasitoid community (pages 47–57)
David Kidd & Priyanga Amarasekare

November 2011 (Issue 80:6)

In Focus: The predictive science of community ecology  (pages 1111-1114)
Mark Emmerson

sap-feeding plant bug Lopidea media is a specialist on Solidago goldenrod plantsConvergence of trophic interaction strengths in grassland food webs through metabolic scaling of herbivore biomass (pages 1330–1336)
Oswald J. Schmitz & Jessica R. Price

September 2011 (Issue 80:5)

In Focus: Differences in relative fitness among alternative mating tactics might be more apparent than real (pages 905-907)
Steven M Shuster

Relative fitness of alternative male reproductive tactics in a mammal varies between years (pages 908–917)
Carsten Schradin & Anna K. Lindholm

July 2011 (Issue 80:4)

Journal of Animal Ecology Cover 80:4In Focus: Landscape nutrition: seeing the forest instead of the trees (pages 707–709)
John Pastor

Soil nutrient status determines how elephant utilize trees and shape environments (pages 875–883)
Yolanda Pretorius et al

May 2011 (Issue 80:3)

Journal of Animal Ecology Cover 80:3In Focus: Heating up relations between cold fish: competition modifies responses to climate change (pages 505-507)
Mark C. Urban et al

Ice-cover effects on competitive interactions between two fish species (pages 539-547)
Ingeborg P. Helland et al

March 2011 (Issue 80:2)

Journal of Animal Ecology Front Cover 80:2In Focus: Response of ecosystems to realistic extinction sequences (pages 307–309)
Bo Ebenman

The Serengeti food web: empirical quantification and analysis of topological changes under increasing human impact (pages 484–494)
Sara N. de Visser et al

January 2011 (Issue 80:1)

Journal of Animal Ecology Front Cover 80:1 - image courtesy S DurantIn Focus: Breathing some air into the single-species vacuum: multi-species responses to environmental change (pages 1–3)
Michael A. McCarthy

A multispecies perspective on ecological impacts of climatic forcing (pages 101–107)
Crispin M. Mutshinda et al

November 2010 (Issue 79:6)

In Focus: A large trophic quilt (pages 1143–1145)
Thomas M. Lewinsohn

Guild-specific patterns of species richness and host specialization in plant–herbivore food webs from a tropical forest (pages 1193–1203)
Vojtech Novotny et al

September 2010 (Issue 79:5)

In Focus: Partial migration in tropical birds: the frontier of movement ecology (p 933-936)
Cagan H. Sekercioglu

Determinants of partial bird migration in the Amazon Basin (p 983-982)
Alex E. Jahn et al

July 2010 (Issue 79:4)

Journal of Animal Ecology - Front cover Vol 79 Iss 4 - ChoughIn Focus: Red in tooth and claw: how top predators shape terrestrial ecosystems 
(pages 723-725)  Christopher N. Johnson

Top predators, mesopredators and their prey: interference ecosystems along bioclimatic productivity gradients (p 785-794)
Elmhagen et al

May 2010 (Issue 79:3)

Volume 79 Issue 3 - Striped MiceIn Focus: Safety in numbers: extinction arising from predator-driven Allee effects
Stephen D. Gregory and Franck Courchamp

Experimental demonstration of population extinction due to a predator-driven Allee effect
Andrew M. Kramer and John M. Drake

March 2010 (Issue 79:2)

In Focus:Transgenerational immune priming as cryptic parental care
Jukka Jokela

Paternally derived immune priming for offspring in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum
Olivia Roth et al

January 2010 (Issue 79:1)

In Focus: Environmental Variance, Population Growth and Evolution
Shripad Tuljapurkar

Stochastic demography and population dynamics in the red kangaroo Macropus rufus
Niclas Jonzén et al

November 2009 (Issue 78:6)

In Focus: The physiology of predator stress in free-ranging prey
Evan L Preisser

The sensitive hare: sublethal effects of predator stress on reproduction in snowshoe hares
Michael J. Sheriff, Charles J. Krebs, Rudy Boonstra

September 2009 (Issue 78:5)

In Focus: Six degrees of Apodemus separation
Hamish McCallum

Comparison of social networks derived from ecological data: implications for inferring infectious disease dynamics
Sarah E. Perkins, Francesca Cagnacci, Anna Stradiotto, Daniele Arnoldi, Peter J. Hudson

July 2009 (Issue 78:4)

In Focus: Disentangling multiple predator effects in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning research
Shawn J Leroux and Michel Loreau

Predator richness has no effect in a diverse marine food web
Mary I. O'Connor and John F. Bruno

May 2009 (Issue 78:3)

In Focus: Infectious food webs
Andrew P. Beckerman and Owen L. Petchey

Food web topology and parasites in the pelagic zone of a subarctic lake
Per-Arne Amundsen et al.

March 2009 (Issue 78:2)

In Focus: High and low, fast or slow: the complementary contributions of altitude and latitude to understand life-history variation
B. Irene Tieleman

Breeding in high-elevation habitat results in shift to slower life-history strategy within a single species
H Bears et al.

January 2009 (Issue 78:1)

In Focus: Global warming tugs at trophic interactions
Barry W. Brook

Climate change and unequal phenological changes across four trophic levels: constraints or adaptations?
Christiaan Both et al.

November 2008 (Issue 77:6)

In Focus: Cross-disciplinary demands of multihost pathogens
Daniel T Haydon

Dynamics of a multihost pathogen in a carnivore community
M.E Craft et al.

September 2008 (Issue 77:5)

In Focus: To breathe or not to breathe: optimal strategies for finding prey in a dark, three-dimensional environment
Mark Hindell

Cheetahs of the deep sea: deep foraging sprints in short-finned pilot whales off Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Natacha Aguilar Soto et al.

July 2008 (Issue 77:4)

In Focus: On being the right size: food-limited feedback on optimal body size
Anthony R.E Sinclair

Feedback effects of chronic browsing on life-history traits of a large herbivore
M. Anouk Simard et al.

May 2008 (Issue 77:3)

In Focus: How helpers help: disentangling ecological confounds from the benefits of cooperative breeding
Jonathan Wright and Andrew F Russell

Can we measure the benefits of help in cooperatively breeding birds: the case of superb fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus?
Andrew Cockburn et al.

March 2008 (Issue 77:2)

In Focus: Parasites as weapons of mouse destruction
Richard S Ostfeld

The interaction of parasites and resources cause crashes in a wild mouse population
Amy B Pedersen and Timothy J Greives