Open Access Week 2015

To coincide with the 8th Annual International Open Access Week, we are delighted to bring together a selection of recent open access papers published in all five British Ecological Society Journals. All of these papers have been published through the Online Open programme. The BES offers its members a 25% discount towards the cost of the Online Open scheme.

Journal of Ecology | Methods in Ecology and Evolution | Functional Ecology | Journal of Animal Ecology | Journal of Applied Ecology

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Aquatic plant ecology

Rehabilitating the cyanobacteria – niche partitioning, resource use efficiency and phytoplankton community structure during diazotrophic cyanobacterial blooms
Kalle Olli, Riina Klais & Timo Tamminen

Determinants of plant community diversity and structure

Bryophyte communities in the Amazon forest are regulated by height on the host tree and site elevation
Sylvia Mota de Oliveira & Hans ter Steege

Dispersal versus environmental filtering in a dynamic system: drivers of vegetation patterns and diversity along stream riparian gradients
Rob G. A. Fraaije, Cajo J. F. ter Braak, Betty Verduyn, Jos T. A. Verhoeven & Merel B. Soons


Trade-offs between physical and chemical carbon-based leaf defence: of intraspecific variation and trait evolution
David Eichenberg, Oliver Purschke, Christian Ristok, Ludger Wessjohann & Helge Bruelheide

Habitat fragmentation

Edge influence on vegetation at natural and anthropogenic edges of boreal forests in Canada and Fennoscandia
Karen A. Harper, S. Ellen Macdonald, Michael S. Mayerhofer, Shekhar R. Biswas, Per-Anders Esseen, Kristoffer Hylander, Katherine J. Stewart, Azim U. Mallik, Pierre Drapeau, Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson, Daniel Lesieur, Jari Kouki & Yves Bergeron

Palaeoecology and land-Use history

Long-term disturbance dynamics and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests
Lydia E. S. Cole, Shonil A. Bhagwat & Katherine J. Willis

Plant-herbivore interactions

Early positive effects of tree species richness on herbivory in a large-scale forest biodiversity experiment influence tree growth
Andreas Schuldt, Helge Bruelheide, Werner Härdtle, Thorsten Assmann, Ying Li, Keping Ma, Goddert von Oheimb & Jiayong Zhang

Wave-induced changes in seaweed toughness entail plastic modifications in snail traits maintaining consumption efficacy
Markus Molis, Ricardo A. Scrosati, Ehab F. El-Belely, Thomas J. Lesniowski & Martin Wahl

Plant population and community dynamics

The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database: an open online repository for plant demography
Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Owen R. Jones, C. Ruth Archer, Yvonne M. Buckley, Judy Che-Castaldo, Hal Caswell, David Hodgson, Alexander Scheuerlein, Dalia A. Conde, Erik Brinks, Hendrik de Buhr, Claudia Farack, Fränce Gottschalk, Alexander Hartmann, Anne Henning, Gabriel Hoppe, Gesa Römer, Jens Runge, Tara Ruoff, Julia Wille, Stefan Zeh, Raziel Davison, Dirk Vieregg, Annette Baudisch, Res Altwegg, Fernando Colchero, Ming Dong, Hans de Kroon, Jean-Dominique Lebreton, Charlotte J. E. Metcalf, Maile M. Neel, Ingrid M. Parker, Takenori Takada, Teresa Valverde, Luis A. Vélez-Espino, Glenda M. Wardle, Miguel Franco & James W. Vaupel

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The accuracy of Fastloc-GPS locations and implications for animal tracking
Antoine M. Dujon, R. Todd Lindstrom and Graeme C. Hays

Quantifying levels of animal activity using camera trap data
J. Marcus Rowcliffe, Roland Kays, Bart Kranstauber, Chris Carbone and Patrick A. Jansen

A method to detect subcommunities from multivariate spatial associations
Anton J. Flügge, Sofia C. Olhede and David J. Murrell

A method for calculating minimum biodiversity offset multipliers accounting for time discounting, additionality and permanence
Jussi Laitila, Atte Moilanen and Federico M. Pouzols

Evaluation and management implications of uncertainty in a multispecies size-structured model of population and community responses to fishing
Robert B. Thorpe, Will J. F. Le Quesne, Fay Luxford, Jeremy S. Collie and Simon Jennings

Split diversity in constrained conservation prioritization using integer linear programming
Olga Chernomor, Bui Quang Minh, Félix Forest, Steffen Klaere, Travis Ingram, Monika Henzinger and Arndt von Haeseler

Power analysis for generalized linear mixed models in ecology and evolution
Paul C. D. Johnson, Sarah J. E. Barry, Heather M. Ferguson and Pie Müller

Big answers from small worlds: a user's guide for protist microcosms as a model system in ecology and evolution
Florian Altermatt, Emanuel A. Fronhofer, Aurélie Garnier, Andrea Giometto, Frederik Hammes, Jan Klecka, Delphine Legrand, Elvira Mächler, Thomas M. Massie, Frank Pennekamp, Marco Plebani, Mikael Pontarp, Nicolas Schtickzelle, Virginie Thuillier and Owen L. Petchey

Measuring acoustic habitats
Nathan D. Merchant, Kurt M. Fristrup, Mark P. Johnson, Peter L. Tyack, Matthew J. Witt, Philippe Blondel and Susan E. Parks

Modelling animal movement using the Argos satellite telemetry location error ellipse
Brett T. McClintock, Joshua M. London, Michael F. Cameron and Peter L. Boveng

Development and assessment of a new dermal attachment for short-term tagging studies of baleen whales
Mark F. Baumgartner, Terry Hammar and Jooke Robbins

A rapid and cost-effective quantitative microsatellite genotyping protocol to estimate intraspecific competition in protist microcosm experiments
Ewan J. A. Minter, Chris D. Lowe, Michael A. Brockhurst and Phillip C. Watts

Measurement errors should always be incorporated in phylogenetic comparative analysis
Daniele Silvestro, Anna Kostikova, Glenn Litsios, Peter B. Pearman and Nicolas Salamin

A climate of uncertainty: accounting for error in climate variables for species distribution models
Jakub Stoklosa, Christopher Daly, Scott D. Foster, Michael B. Ashcroft and David I. Warton

Towards the identification of the loci of adaptive evolution
Carolina Pardo-Diaz, Camilo Salazar and Chris D. Jiggins

A generalised random encounter model for estimating animal density with remote sensor data
Tim C. D. Lucas, Elizabeth A. Moorcroft, Robin Freeman, J. Marcus Rowcliffe and Kate E. Jones

Calibrating animal-borne proximity loggers
Christian Rutz, Michael B. Morrissey, Zackory T. Burns, John Burt, Brian Otis, James J. H. St Clair and Richard James

Quantifying physiological influences on otolith microchemistry
Anna M. Sturrock, Ewan Hunter, J. Andrew Milton, EIMF, Rachel C. Johnson, Colin P. Waring and Clive N. Trueman

A new measure of ecological network structure based on node overlap and segregation
Giovanni Strona and Joseph A. Veech

PIPITS: an automated pipeline for analyses of fungal internal transcribed spacer sequences from the Illumina sequencing platform
Hyun S. Gweon, Anna Oliver, Joanne Taylor, Tim Booth, Melanie Gibbs, Daniel S. Read, Robert I. Griffiths and Karsten Schonrogge

Discrete choice modelling of natal dispersal: ‘Choosing’ where to breed from a finite set of available areas
Michalis Vardakis, Peter Goos, Frank Adriaensen and Erik Matthysen

High-throughput monitoring of wild bee diversity and abundance via mitogenomics
Min Tang, Chloe J. Hardman, Yinqiu Ji, Guanliang Meng, Shanlin Liu, Meihua Tan, Shenzhou Yang, Ellen D. Moss, Jiaxin Wang, Chenxue Yang, Catharine Bruce, Tim Nevard, Simon G. Potts, Xin Zhou and Douglas W. Yu

When do we need more data? A primer on calculating the value of information for applied ecologists
Stefano Canessa, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, José J. Lahoz-Monfort, Darren M. Southwell, Doug P. Armstrong, Iadine Chadès, Robert C. Lacy and Sarah J. Converse

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FE Spotlight

Round and round in cycles? Silicon-based plant defences and vole population dynamics
Susan E. Hartley

Animal Physiological Ecology

Food availability, energetic constraints and reproductive development in a wild seasonally breeding songbird
Scott Davies, Thomas Cros, Damien Richard, Simone L. Meddle, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui and Pierre Deviche

The optimal combination of standard metabolic rate and aerobic scope for somatic growth depends on food availability
Sonya K. Auer, Karine Salin, Agata M. Rudolf, Graeme J. Anderson and Neil B. Metcalfe

Community Ecology

Early plant recruitment stages set the template for the development of vegetation patterns along a hydrological gradient
Rob G. A. Fraaije, Cajo J. F. ter Braak, Betty Verduyn, Leonieke B. S. Breeman, Jos T. A. Verhoeven and Merel B. Soons

Ecosystems ecology

Priming of the decomposition of ageing soil organic matter: concentration dependence and microbial control
Johannes Rousk, Paul W. Hill and Davey L. Jones

Plant-animal Interactions

Co-evolution of foraging behaviour in herbivores and their natural enemies predicts multifunctionality of herbivore-induced plant volatiles
Kinuyo Yoneya and Takeshi Miki

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'How To...'

Constructing, conducting and interpreting animal social network analysis 
Damien R. Farine and Hal Whitehead

Read the Virtual Issue on Social Network Analysis to accompany this paper here

Climate ecology

Long-term phenological trends, species accumulation rates, aphid traits and climate: five decades of change in migrating aphids
James R. Bell, Lynda Alderson, Daniela Izera, Tracey Kruger, Sue Parker, Jon Pickup, Chris R. Shortall, Mark S. Taylor, Paul Verrier and Richard Harrington

Read the In Focus to accompany this paper here

Adult acclimation to combined temperature and pH stressors significantly enhances reproductive outcomes compared to short-term exposures
Coleen C. Suckling, Melody S. Clark, Joelle Richard, Simon A. Morley, Michael A. S. Thorne, Elizabeth M. Harper and Lloyd S. Peck

Behavioural ecology

Predator-dependent functional response in wolves: from food limitation to surplus killing
Barbara Zimmermann, Håkan Sand, Petter Wabakken, Olof Liberg and Harry Peter Andreassen

Demographic mechanisms of inbreeding adjustment through extra-pair reproduction
Jane M. Reid, A. Bradley Duthie, Matthew E. Wolak and Peter Arcese

Contrasting responses of male and female foraging effort to year-round wind conditions
Sue Lewis, Richard A. Phillips, Sarah J. Burthe, Sarah Wanless and Francis Daunt

Trophic interactions

Predicting invasive species impacts: a community module functional response approach reveals context dependencies
Rachel A. Paterson, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Daniel W. Pritchard, Marilyn Ennis, Melanie J. Hatcher and Alison M. Dunn

Patterns of trophic niche divergence between invasive and native fishes in wild communities are predictable from mesocosm studies
Thi Nhat Quyen Tran, Michelle C. Jackson, Danny Sheath, Hugo Verreycken and J. Robert Britton

Testing predator–prey theory using broad-scale manipulations and independent validation
Robert Serrouya, Bruce N. McLellan and Stan Boutin

Parasite and disease ecology

A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees (pages 615–624)
Dino P. McMahon, Matthias A. Fürst, Jesicca Caspar, Panagiotis Theodorou, Mark J. F. Brown and Robert J. Paxton

Detailed monitoring of a small but recovering population reveals sublethal effects of disease and unexpected interactions with supplemental feeding
Simon Tollington, Andrew Greenwood, Carl G. Jones, Paquita Hoeck, Aurélie Chowrimootoo, Donal Smith, Heather Richards, Vikash Tatayah and Jim J. Groombridge

Population ecology

Age and sex-selective predation moderate the overall impact of predators
Sarah R. Hoy, Steve J. Petty, Alexandre Millon, D. Philip Whitfield, Michael Marquiss, Martin Davison and Xavier Lambin

In hot and cold water: differential life-history traits are key to success in contrasting thermal deep-sea environments
Leigh Marsh, Jonathan T. Copley, Paul A. Tyler and Sven Thatje

Read the In Focus to accompany this paper here

Live fast, die old: no evidence of reproductive senescence or costs of mating in a damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera)
Christopher Hassall, Thomas N. Sherratt, Phillip C. Watts and David J. Thompson

Community ecology

Density- and trait-mediated effects of a parasite and a predator in a tri-trophic food web
Aabir Banerji, Alison B. Duncan, Joanne S. Griffin, Stuart Humphries, Owen L. Petchey and Oliver Kaltz

Concomitant predation on parasites is highly variable but constrains the ways in which parasites contribute to food web structure
Alyssa R. Cirtwill and Daniel B. Stouffer

Measuring β-diversity with species abundance data 
Louise J. Barwell, Nick J. B. Isaac and William E. Kunin

Global patterns and predictors of fish species richness in estuaries 
Rita P. Vasconcelos, Sofia Henriques, Susana França, Stéphanie Pasquaud, Inês Cardoso, Marina Laborde and Henrique N. Cabral


The role of a dominant predator in shaping biodiversity over space and time in a marine ecosystem 
Kari E. Ellingsen, Marti J. Anderson, Nancy L. Shackell, Torkild Tveraa, Nigel G. Yoccoz and Kenneth T. Frank

Life histories

Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival in a cooperatively breeding bird
Matthieu Paquet, Claire Doutrelant, Ben J. Hatchwell, Claire N. Spottiswoode and Rita Covas

Physiological ecology

Flexibility in metabolic rate confers a growth advantage under changing food availability 
Sonya K. Auer, Karine Salin, Agata M. Rudolf, Graeme J. Anderson and Neil B. Metcalfe

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Riparian reserves within oil palm plantations conserve logged forest leaf litter ant communities and maintain associated scavenging rates
Claudia L. Gray, Owen T. Lewis, Arthur Y. C. Chung and Tom M. Fayle

Managing breaches of containment and eradication of invasive plant populations
Cameron S. Fletcher, David A. Westcott, Helen T. Murphy, Anthony C. Grice and John R. Clarkson

REVIEW: Emerging viral disease risk to pollinating insects: ecological, evolutionary and anthropogenic factors
Robyn Manley, Mike Boots and Lena Wilfert

Reconciling timber extraction with biodiversity conservation in tropical forests using reduced-impact logging
Jake E. Bicknell, Matthew J. Struebig and Zoe G. Davies

Interview-based sighting histories can inform regional conservation prioritization for highly threatened cryptic species
Samuel T. Turvey, Cao Tien Trung, Vo Dai Quyet, Hoang Van Nhu, Do Van Thoai, Vo Cong Anh Tuan, Dang Thi Hoa, Kouvang Kacha, Thongsay Sysomphone, Sousakhone Wallate, Chau Thi Thanh Hai, Nguyen Van Thanh and Nicholas M. Wilkinson

Competition on the range: science vs. perception in a bison–cattle conflict in the western USA
Dustin H. Ranglack, Susan Durham and Johan T. du Toit

REVIEW: Towards a risk register for natural capital
Georgina M. Mace, Rosemary S. Hails, Philip Cryle, Julian Harlow and Stewart J. Clarke

Developing and enhancing biodiversity monitoring programmes: a collaborative assessment of priorities
Michael J. O. Pocock, Stuart E. Newson, Ian G. Henderson, Jodey Peyton, William J. Sutherland, David G. Noble, Stuart G. Ball, Björn C. Beckmann, Jeremy Biggs, Tom Brereton, David J. Bullock, Stephen T. Buckland, Mike Edwards, Mark A. Eaton, Martin C. Harvey, Mark O. Hill, Martin Horlock, David S. Hubble, Angela M. Julian, Edward C. Mackey, Darren J. Mann, Matthew J. Marshall, Jolyon M. Medlock, Elaine M. O'Mahony, Marina Pacheco, Keith Porter, Steve Prentice, Deborah A. Procter, Helen E. Roy, Sue E. Southway, Chris R. Shortall, Alan J. A. Stewart, David E. Wembridge, Mark A. Wright and David B. Roy

PRACTITIONER'S PERSPECTIVE: Co-creation of individual-based models by practitioners and modellers to inform environmental decision-making
Kevin A. Wood, Richard A. Stillman and John D. Goss-Custard

Ark or park: the need to predict relative effectiveness of ex situ and in situ conservation before attempting captive breeding
Paul M. Dolman, Nigel J. Collar, Keith M. Scotland and Robert. J. Burnside

Identifying effective actions to guide volunteer-based and nationwide conservation efforts for a ground-nesting farmland bird
Andrea Santangeli, Beatriz Arroyo, Alexandre Millon and Vincent Bretagnolle

Enhancing gardens as habitats for flower-visiting aerial insects (pollinators): should we plant native or exotic species?
Andrew Salisbury, James Armitage, Helen Bostock, Joe Perry, Mark Tatchell and Ken Thompson

Modelling short-rotation coppice and tree planting for urban carbon management – a citywide analysis
Nicola McHugh, Jill L. Edmondson, Kevin J. Gaston, Jonathan R. Leake and Odhran S. O'Sullivan

FORUM: Effective management of ecological resilience – are we there yet?
Bryan M. Spears, Stephen C. Ives, David G. Angeler, Craig R. Allen, Sebastian Birk, Laurence Carvalho, Stephen Cavers, Francis Daunt, R. Daniel Morton, Michael J. O. Pocock, Glenn Rhodes and Stephen J. Thackeray

PRACTITIONER'S PERSPECTIVE: Science, statistics and surveys: a herpetological perspective
Richard A. Griffiths, Jim Foster, John W. Wilkinson and David Sewell

Three-dimensional tracking of a wide-ranging marine predator: flight heights and vulnerability to offshore wind farms
Ian R. Cleasby, Ewan D. Wakefield, Stuart Bearhop, Thomas W. Bodey, Stephen C. Votier and Keith C. Hamer

Extreme precipitation reduces reproductive output of an endangered raptor
Ryan J. Fisher, Troy I. Wellicome, Erin M. Bayne, Ray G. Poulin, L. Danielle Todd and Adam T. Ford

The potential for fungal biopesticides to reduce malaria transmission under diverse environmental conditions
Rebecca L. Heinig, Krijn P. Paaijmans, Penelope A. Hancock and Matthew B. Thomas

Ecological traits affect the sensitivity of bees to land-use pressures in European agricultural landscapes
Adriana De Palma, Michael Kuhlmann, Stuart P.M. Roberts, Simon G. Potts, Luca Börger, Lawrence N. Hudson, Igor Lysenko, Tim Newbold and Andy Purvis

Managing more than the mean: using quantile regression to identify factors related to large elk groups
Angela Brennan, Paul C. Cross and Scott Creel


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