Perspective Papers

Functional Ecology publishes regular Perspective Papers, all of which are free to read. Below is a list of recent papers in this category:

Volume 32, Issue 01

Comparing traits of native and alien plants: Can we do better?
Philip E. Hulme, Maud Bernard‐Verdier

Fungal inoculants in the field: Is the reward greater than the risk?
Miranda M. Hart, Pedro M. Antunes, Veer Bala Chaudhary, Lynette K. Abbott

Volume 31, Issue 05 (part of the Special Feature: The Ecology of De-Extinction)

Maximising evolutionary potential in functional proxies for extinct species: a conservation genetic perspective on de‐extinction
Tammy E. Steeves, Jeff A. Johnson, Marie L. Hale

Prioritizing revived species: what are the conservation management implications of de‐extinction?
Gwenllian Iacona, Richard F. Maloney, Iadine Chadès, Joseph R. Bennett, Philip J. Seddon, Hugh P. Possingham

Volume 31, Issue 01 (part of the Special Feature: Plant–Pollinator Interactions from Flower to Landscape)

The specialization continuum in pollination systems: diversity of concepts and implications for ecology, evolution and conservation
William Scott Armbruster


Volume 30, Issue 11
Are leaves more vulnerable to cavitation than branches?
Shi-Dan Zhu, Hui Liu, Qiu-Yuan Xu, Kun-Fang Cao and Qing Ye

Volume 30, Issue 01
Moving beyond body condition indices as an estimate of fitness in ecological and evolutionary studies.
Shawn M. Wilder, David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson

Glucocorticoid manipulations in free-living animals: considerations of dose delivery, life-history context and reproductive state.
Glenn T. Crossin, Oliver P. Love, Steven J. Cooke and Tony D. Williams

Volume 29, Issue 6
Challenging the maximum rooting depth paradigm in grasslands and savannas. Functional Ecology.
Jesse B. Nippert and Ricardo M. Holdo

Volume 29, Issue 4
Defensive mixology: combining acquired chemicals towards defence. Functional Ecology.
Peri A. Mason and Michael S. Singer

Volume 29, Issue 3
Beyond species loss: the extinction of ecological interactions in a changing world. Functional Ecology.
Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, Marcelo A. Aizen, Julio M. Alcántara, Juan Arroyo, Andrea Cocucci, Mauro Galetti, María B. García, Daniel García, José M. Gómez, Pedro Jordano, Rodrigo Medel, Luis Navarro, José R. Obeso, Ramona Oviedo, Nelson Ramírez, Pedro J. Rey, Anna Traveset, Miguel Verdú and Regino Zamora

Volume 28, Issue 4
Tolerance landscapes in thermal ecology. Functional Ecology.
Enrico L. Rezende,Luis E. Castañeda and Mauro Santo

Volume 28, Issue 1
How to avoid errors when quantifying thermal environments.
George S. Bakken and Michael J. Angilletta Jr.

Volume 27, Issue 6
Why polar gigantism and Palaeozoic gigantism are not equivalent: effects of oxygen and temperature on the body size of ectotherms.
Wilco C. E. P. Verberk and David Atkinson

Volume 27, Issue 5
Constraints, concerns and considerations about the necessity of estimating free glucocorticoid concentrations for field endocrine studies
Stephan J. Schoech, L. Michael Romero, Ignacio T. Moore and Frances Bonier

Volume 27, Issue 1
High C/N ratio (not low-energy content) of vegetation may have driven gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs and perhaps omnivory and/or endothermy in their juveniles
David M. Wilkinson and Graeme D. Ruxton

Volume 26, Issue 5
Heat dissipation limit theory and the evolution of avian functional traits in a warming world
David Grémillet, Laurence Meslin and Amélie Lescroël

Volume 25, Issue 6
Discontinuous gas exchange: new perspectives on evolutionary origins and ecological implications
S.L. Chown

Making sense of heat tolerance estimates in ectotherms: lessons from Drosophila
M. Santos, L.E. Castañeda, E.L Rezende

Volume 25, Issue 4
The intriguing paradox of leaf lifespan responses to nitrogen availability
A. Pornon, C. Marty, P. Winterton, T. Lamaze

Volume 24, Issue 6
Towards better prediction of seed dispersal by animals
R. D. Cousens, J. Hill, K. French, I. D. Bishop

Volume 24, Issue 4
Rethinking the value of high wood density
M. Larjavaara, H. C. Muller-Landau