What makes a species rare?

What makes a species rare?

In a community, it is almost always true that some species are common while most are rare. This pattern is demonstrated by plotting species abundance distributions (see Magurran 2003 or Verbeek 2014 for excellent overviews) observed in many real life communities....
Share your story: World Fish Migration Day 2016

Share your story: World Fish Migration Day 2016

Call for videos – deadline extended to May 7th! Migration plays a central role in the life cycle of many fish species. For feeding, reproducing, or simply completing their life cycle, fish sometimes need to move long distances, within freshwater environments or...
Niche conservatism: which niche matters most?

Niche conservatism: which niche matters most?

Niche conservatism – or the degree to which plants and animals retain their niches and related ecological traits through space and time – is a classic concept in ecology receiving renewed interest in recent years. This is partly because of its relevance to...