FE Spotlights


Functional Ecology Spotlights are short invited commentaries highlighting papers of exceptional quality and significant novelty. These commentaries place the research in context and highlight how the paper advances ecology.

Volume 31, Issue 5

Plant communication increases heterogeneity in plant phenotypes and herbivore movement Richard Karban

Karban, R. (2017), Plant communication increases heterogeneity in plant phenotypes and herbivore movement. Funct Ecol, 31: 990–991. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12806

A commentary on Morrell & Kessler's Plant communication in a widespread goldenrod: keeping herbivores on the move

Morrell, K. & Kessler, A. (2017) Plant communication in a widespread goldenrod: keeping herbivores on the move. Functional Ecology, 31, 1049–1061.

 

Volume 31, Issue 4

Dissolved organic matter causes genetic damage in lake zooplankton via oxidative stress Christopher T. Solomon

Solomon, C. T. (2017), Dissolved organic matter causes genetic damage in lake zooplankton via oxidative stress. Funct Ecol, 31: 806–807. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12807

A commentary on Wolf et al's The influence of dissolved organic carbon and ultraviolet radiation on the genomic integrity of Daphnia magna

Wolf, R., Andersen, T., Hessen, D.O. & Hylland, K. (2017) The influence of dissolved organic carbon and ultraviolet radiation on the genomic integrity of Daphnia magna. Functional Ecology, 31, 848–855.

 

Volume 31, Issue 03

Functional trait ecology in the Anthropocene: a standardized framework for terrestrial invertebrates Cleo Bertelsmeier

Bertelsmeier, C. (2017), Functional trait ecology in the Anthropocene: a standardized framework for terrestrial invertebrates. Funct Ecol, 31: 556–557. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12812

A commentary on Moretti et al's Handbook of protocols for standardized measurements of terrestrial invertebrate functional traits

Moretti, M., Dias, A., De Bello, F. et al. (2017) Handbook of protocols for standardized measurements of terrestrial invertebrate functional traits. Functional Ecology, 31, 558–567.

Volume 31, Issue 02

New technology highlights the importance of scale in the foraging behaviour of a pelagic predator Adrian C. Gleiss

Gleiss, A. C. (2017), New technology highlights the importance of scale in the foraging behaviour of a pelagic predator. Funct Ecol, 31: 284–285. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12714

A commentary on Adachi et al's  Searching for prey in a three-dimensional environment: hierarchical movements enhance foraging success in northern elephant seals

Adachi, T., Costa, D.P., Robinson, P.W., Peterson, S.H., Yamamichi, M., Naito, Y. & Takahashi, A. (2017) Searching for prey in a three-dimensional environment: hierarchical movements enhance foraging success in northern elephant seals. Functional Ecology, 31, 361369.

Volume 31, Issue 01

PollinatorÔÇÉmediated selection is better detected when controlling for resource limitation Yuval Sapir
Sapir, Y. (2017), Pollinator-mediated selection is better detected when controlling for resource limitation. Funct Ecol, 31: 7–8. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12800
A commentary on Sletvold et al's's Resource- and pollinator-mediated selection on floral traits
Sletvold, N., Tye, M. & Ågren, J. (2017) Resource- and pollinator-mediated selection on floral traits. Functional Ecology, 31, 135–141.

Volume 30, Issue 11

Inducible plant defences and the environmental context. André Kessler.
Kessler, A. (2016), Inducible plant defences and the environmental context. Funct Ecol, 30: 1738–1739. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12726
A commentary on Burghardt's Nutrient supply alters goldenrod's induced response to herbivory.
Burghardt, K. T. (2016), Nutrient supply alters goldenrod's induced response to herbivory. Funct Ecol, 30: 1769–1778. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12681

Volume 30, Issue 09

Emigration is costly, but immigration has benefits in human-altered landscape. Barry W. Brook and Jessie C. Buettel.
Brook, B. W. and Buettel, J. C. (2016), Emigration is costly, but immigration has benefits in human-altered landscapes. Funct Ecol, 30: 1478–1479. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12639
A commentary on Martin& Fahrig's Reconciling contradictory relationships between mobility and extinction risk in human-altered landscapes
Martin, A.E. & Fahrig, L. (2016) Reconciling contradictory relationships between mobility and extinction risk in human-altered landscapes. Functional Ecology, 30, 1558–1567.

Volume 30, Issue 07

Current and future challenges of predictive insect population modelling. Sharon Bewick.
Bewick, S. (2016), Current and future challenges of predictive insect population modelling. Funct Ecol, 30: 1028–1029. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12678
A commentary on Johnson et al's Effects of temperature and resource variation on insect population dynamics: the bordered plant bug as a case study.
Johnson, C. A., Coutinho, R. M., Berlin, E., Dolphin, K. E., Heyer, J., Kim, B., Leung, A., Sabellon, J. L. and Amarasekare, P. (2016), Effects of temperature and resource variation on insect population dynamics: the bordered plant bug as a case study. Funct Ecol, 30: 1122–1131. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12583

Volume 30, Issue 06

Ecological significance of thermal tolerance and performance in fishes: new insights from integrating field and laboratory approaches. Ben Speers-Roesch and Tommy Norin.
Speers-Roesch, B. and Norin, T. (2016), Ecological significance of thermal tolerance and performance in fishes: new insights from integrating field and laboratory approaches. Funct Ecol, 30: 842–844. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12652
A commentary Payne et al's Temperature dependence of fish performance in the wild: links with species biogeography and physiological thermal tolerance.
Payne, N. L., Smith, J. A., van der Meulen, D. E., Taylor, M. D., Watanabe, Y. Y., Takahashi, A., Marzullo, T. A., Gray, C. A., Cadiou, G. and Suthers, I. M. (2016), Temperature dependence of fish performance in the wild: links with species biogeography and physiological thermal tolerance. Funct Ecol, 30: 903–912. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12618

Volume 30, Issue 05

Litter traits and decomposer complexity set the stage for a global decomposition model. Manuela Abelho.
Abelho, M. (2016), Litter traits and decomposer complexity set the stage for a global decomposition model. Funct Ecol, 30: 674–675. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12640
A commentary on García-Palacios et al's The importance of litter traits and decomposers for litter decomposition: a comparison of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems within and across biomes.
García-Palacios, P., McKie, B. G., Handa, I. T., Frainer, A. and Hättenschwiler, S. (2016), The importance of litter traits and decomposers for litter decomposition: a comparison of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems within and across biomes. Funct Ecol, 30: 819–829. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12589

Volume 30, Issue 04

When every sperm is sacred: the emergence and decline of superorganismal chimeras. Jacobus J. Boomsma.
Boomsma, J. J. (2016), When every sperm is sacred: the emergence and decline of superorganismal chimeras. Funct Ecol, 30: 504–505. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12617
A commentary on Aron et al's Sperm production characteristics vary with level of sperm competition in Cataglyphis desert ants.
Aron, S., Lybaert, P., Baudoux, C., Vandervelden, M. and Fournier, D. (2016), Sperm production characteristics vary with level of sperm competition in Cataglyphis desert ants. Funct Ecol, 30: 614–624. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12533

Volume 29, Issue 11

Heritable symbionts contribute to host plant adaptation. John Jaenike.
Jaenike, J. (2015), Heritable symbionts contribute to host plant adaptation. Funct Ecol, 29: 1371–1372. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12547
A commentary on Wagner et al's Facultative endosymbionts mediate dietary breadth in a polyphagous herbivore.
Wagner, S. M., Martinez, A. J., Ruan, Y.-M., Kim, K. L., Lenhart, P. A., Dehnel, A. C., Oliver, K. M. and White, J. A. (2015), Facultative endosymbionts mediate dietary breadth in a polyphagous herbivore. Funct Ecol, 29: 1402–1410. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12459

Volume 29, Issue 10

New insight into leaf drought tolerance. Sylvain Delzon.
Delzon, S. (2015), New insight into leaf drought tolerance. Funct Ecol, 29: 1247–1249. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12500
A commentary on Maréchaux et al's Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest.
Maréchaux, I., Bartlett, M. K., Sack, L., Baraloto, C., Engel, J., Joetzjer, E. and Chave, J. (2015), Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest. Funct Ecol, 29: 1268–1277. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12452

Volume 29, Issue 9

Androgen receptor expression could contribute to the honesty of a sexual signal and be the basis of species differences in courtship displays. Kendra Sewall
Sewall, K. B. (2015), Androgen receptor expression could contribute to the honesty of a sexual signal and be the basis of species differences in courtship displays. Funct Ecol, 29: 1111–1113. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12498
A commentary on Fuxjager et al's Evolutionary patterns of adaptive acrobatics and physical performance predict expression profiles of androgen receptor – but not oestrogen receptor – in the forelimb musculature.
Fuxjager, M. J., Eaton, J., Lindsay, W. R., Salwiczek, L. H., Rensel, M. A., Barske, J., Sorenson, L., Day, L. B. and Schlinger, B. A. (2015), Evolutionary patterns of adaptive acrobatics and physical performance predict expression profiles of androgen receptor – but not oestrogen receptor – in the forelimb musculature. Funct Ecol, 29: 1197–1208. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12438

Volume 29, Issue 8

Species richness promotes canopy packing: a promising step towards a better understanding of the mechanisms driving the diversity effects on forest functioning, Xavier Morin.
Morin, X. (2015), Species richness promotes canopy packing: a promising step towards a better understanding of the mechanisms driving the diversity effects on forest functioning. Functional Ecology, 29: 993–994. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12473
A commentary on Jucker et al's Crown plasticity enables trees to optimize canopy packing in mixed-species forests.
Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Coomes, D. A. (2015), Crown plasticity enables trees to optimize canopy packing in mixed-species forests. Functional Ecology, 29: 1078–1086. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12428

Volume 29, Issue 6

Comparative analysis points to functionally significant variation in wing feather structure among a large and diverse sample of modern birds, Luke K. Butler.
Butler, L. K. (2015), Comparative analysis points to functionally significant variation in wing feather structure among a large and diverse sample of modern birds. Functional Ecology, 29: 737–738. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12453
A commentary on Pap et al's Interspecific variation in the structural properties of flight feathers in birds indicates adaptation to flight requirements and habitat.
Pap, P. L., Osváth, G., Sándor, K., Vincze, O., Barbos, L., Marton, A., Nudds, R. L., Vágási, C. I. (2015), Interspecific variation in the structural properties of flight feathers in birds indicates adaptation to flight requirements and habitat. Functional Ecology, 29: 746–757. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12419

Volume 29, Issue 3

Global variation in avian metabolic rates and the slow pace of life of tropical birds, Andrew E. McKechnie.
McKechnie, A. E. (2015), Global variation in avian metabolic rates and the slow pace of life of tropical birds. Functional Ecology, 29: 297–298. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12350
A commentary on Londoño et al's Basal metabolism in tropical birds: latitude, altitude, and the 'pace of life'.
Londoño, G. A., Chappell, M. A., Castañeda, M. d. R., Jankowski, J. E., Robinson, S. K. (2015), Basal metabolism in tropical birds: latitude, altitude, and the ‘pace of life’. Functional Ecology, 29: 338–346. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12348

Volume 29, Issue 2

Round and round in cycles? Silicon-based plant defences and vole population dynamics, Susan E. Hartley.
Hartley, S. E. (2015), Round and round in cycles? Silicon-based plant defences and vole population dynamics. Functional Ecology, 29: 151–153. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12365
A commentary on Wieczorek et al's Plant–herbivore interactions: silicon concentration in tussock sedges and population dynamics of root voles.
Wieczorek, M., Zub, K., Szafranska, P. A., Ksiazek, A., Konarzewski, M. (2015), Plant–herbivore interactions: silicon concentration in tussock sedges and population dynamics of root voles. Functional Ecology, 29: 187–194. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12327

Volume 29, Issue 1

Nutritional geometry provides new insights into the interaction between food quality and demography in endangered wildlife, Jessica Rothman.
Rothman, J. M. (2015), Nutritional geometry provides new insights into the interaction between food quality and demography in endangered wildlife. Functional Ecology, 29: 3–4. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12320
A commentary on Nie et al's Obligate herbivory in an ancestrally carnivorous lineage: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry.
Nie, Y., Zhang, Z., Raubenheimer, D., Elser, J. J., Wei, W., Wei, F. (2015), Obligate herbivory in an ancestrally carnivorous lineage: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry. Functional Ecology, 29: 26–34. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12302

Volume 28, Issue 6

On the natural history of neonicotinoids and bees. Functional Ecology, from James Cresswell.
Cresswell, J. (2014), On the natural history of neonicotinoids and bees. Functional Ecology, 28: 1311–1312. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12319
A commentary on Gill & Raines "Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behaviour induced by sublethal pesticide exposure ".
Gill, R. J., Raine, N. E. (2014), Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behaviour induced by sublethal pesticide exposure. Functional Ecology, 28: 1459–1471. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12292.

Volume 28, Issue 5

Do we ditch digestive physiology in explaining the classic relationship between herbivore body size diet and diet quality? from Clare McArthur.
McArthur, C. (2014), Do we ditch digestive physiology in explaining the classic relationship between herbivore body size diet and diet quality?. Functional Ecology, 28: 1059–1060. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12301
A commentary on Steuer et al's " Does body mass convey a digestive advantage for large herbivores?".
Steuer, P., Südekum, K.-H., Tütken, T., Müller, D. W. H., Kaandorp, J., Bucher, M., Clauss, M., Hummel, J. (2014), Does body mass convey a digestive advantage for large herbivores?. Functional Ecology, 28: 1127–1134. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12275.

Volume 28, Issue 3

Road noise and signal divergence via developmental plasticity in an arthropod, from Clint Francis.
Francis, C. D. (2014), Road noise and signal divergence via developmental plasticity in an arthropod. Functional Ecology, 28: 547–548. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12245
A commentary on Lampe et al's "How grasshoppers respond to road noise: developmental plasticity and population differentiation in acoustic signalling ".

Lampe, U., Reinhold, K., Schmoll, T. (2014), How grasshoppers respond to road noise: developmental plasticity and population differentiation in acoustic signalling. Functional Ecology, 28: 660–668. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12215 .

Volume 28, Issue 1

Anthropogenic impacts on pollination networks and plant mating systems, from Jane Stout. Stout, J. C. (2014), Anthropogenic impacts on pollination networks and plant mating systems. Functional Ecology, 28: 1–2. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12220
A commentary on Vanbergen et al's Grazing alters insect visitation networks and plant mating systems.
Vanbergen, A. J., Woodcock, B. A., Gray, A., Grant, F., Telford, A., Lambdon, P., Chapman, D. S., Pywell, R. F., Heard, M. S., Cavers, S. (2014), Grazing alters insect visitation networks and plant mating systems. Functional Ecology, 28: 178–189. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12191

Volume 27, Issue 1

Biodiversity–invasibility mechanisms are mediated by niche dimensionality, by Graeme F. Clark.
Clark, G. F. (2013), Biodiversity–invasibility mechanisms are mediated by niche dimensionality. Functional Ecology, 27: 5–6. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12031
A commentary on Eisenhauer et al's Niche dimensionality links biodiversity and invasibility of microbial communities.
Eisenhauer, N., Schulz, W., Scheu, S., Jousset, A. (2013), Niche dimensionality links biodiversity and invasibility of microbial communities. Functional Ecology, 27: 282–288. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02060.x

Volume 26, Issue 6

Community stability does not preclude ecosystem sensitivity to chronic resource alteration, Alan K. Knapp, John M. Briggs and Melinda D. Smith
Knapp, A. K., Briggs, J. M., Smith, M. D. (2012), Community stability does not preclude ecosystem sensitivity to chronic resource alteration. Functional Ecology, 26: 1231–1233. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02053.x
A commentary on Collins et al's Stability of tallgrass prairie during a 19-year increase in growing season precipitation.
Collins, S. L., Koerner, S. E., Plaut, J. A., Okie, J. G., Brese, D., Calabrese, L. B., Carvajal, A., Evansen, R. J. and Nonaka, E. (2012), Stability of tallgrass prairie during a 19-year increase in growing season precipitation. Functional Ecology, 26: 1450–1459. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01995.x

Volume 26, Issue 5

Caterpillar feeding impairs an indirect defence: costs or strategy? Martin Heil
Heil, M. (2012), Caterpillar feeding impairs an indirect defence: costs or strategy?. Functional Ecology, 26: 999–1000. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02011.x
A commentary on Li et al's Herbivore-induced aspen volatiles temporally regulate two different indirect defences in neighbouring plants.
Li, T., Holopainen, J. K., Kokko, H., Tervahauta, A. I. and Blande, J. D. (2012), Herbivore-induced aspen volatiles temporally regulate two different indirect defences in neighbouring plants. Functional Ecology, 26: 1176–1185. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01984.x

Volume 26, Issue 4

Opening the climate envelope: biophysical models of butterfly performance reveal demographic trade-offs, Shannon Pelini
Pelini, S. (2012), Opening the climate envelope: biophysical models of butterfly performance reveal demographic trade-offs. Functional Ecology, 26: 767–768. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01990.x
A commentary on Buckley & Kingsolver's The demographic impacts of shifts in climate means and extremes on alpine butterflies.
Buckley, L. B. and Kingsolver, J. G. (2012), The demographic impacts of shifts in climate means and extremes on alpine butterflies. Functional Ecology, 26: 969–977. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01969.x

Volume 26, Issue 3

Cognitive dysfunction and risk assessment by prey: predictable changes in global climate have unpredictable effects, Brian D. Wisenden
Wisenden, B. D. (2012), Cognitive dysfunction and risk assessment by prey: predictable changes in global climate have unpredictable effects. Functional Ecology, 26: 551–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01956.x
A commentary on Ferrari et al's Effects of ocean acidification on visual risk assessment in coral reef fishes.
Ferrari, M. C. O., McCormick, M. I., Munday, P. L., Meekan, M. G., Dixson, D. L., Lönnstedt, O. and Chivers, D. P. (2012), Effects of ocean acidification on visual risk assessment in coral reef fishes. Functional Ecology, 26: 553–558. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01951.x

Volume 26, Issue 2

Pushing boundaries in above–belowground interactions, Alison Bennett
Bennett, A. (2012), Pushing boundaries in above–belowground interactions. Functional Ecology, 26: 305–306. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01957.x
A commentary on Schausberger et al's Mycorrhiza changes plant volatiles to attract spider mite enemies.
Schausberger, P., Peneder, S., Jürschik, S. and Hoffmann, D. (2012), Mycorrhiza changes plant volatiles to attract spider mite enemies. Functional Ecology, 26: 441–449. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01947.x

Volume 26, Issue 1

Co-infections and the third trophic level, Noah K. Whiteman
Whiteman, N. K. (2012), Co-infections and the third trophic level. Functional Ecology, 26: 1–2. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01938.x
A commentary on Soler et al's Plant-mediated facilitation between a leaf-feeding and a phloem-feeding insect in a brassicaceous plant: from insect performance to gene transcription.
Soler, R., Badenes-Pérez, F. R., Broekgaarden, C., Zheng, S.-J., David, A., Boland, W. and Dicke, M. (2012), Plant-mediated facilitation between a leaf-feeding and a phloem-feeding insect in a brassicaceous plant: from insect performance to gene transcription. Functional Ecology, 26: 156–166. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01902.x