Revisiting Pimm et al. 1988

In a paper published in The American Naturalist in 1988, Stuart Pimm, Lee Jones and Jared Diamond explored existing mathematical models and developed theoretical predictions about how risk of extinction would vary between species. Pimm and colleagues then put these predictions to test using a database of annual breeding censuses of birds carried out by … Continue reading Revisiting Pimm et al. 1988

Revisiting Kraft et al. 2008

In 2008, Nathan Kraft, Renato Valencia and David Ackerly published a paper in Science providing field evidence that suggested that niche-based processes structured the plant community in an Amazonian forest. Kraft et al.'s study  came at a time when there was a debate raging in the ecological community about the importance of niche vs. neutral processes … Continue reading Revisiting Kraft et al. 2008

Revisiting Schluter and McPhail 1992

In 1992, Dolph Schluter and Don McPhail published a paper in The American Naturalist in which they provide evidence for ecological character displacement among species of stickleback fish that live in the lakes of coastal British Columbia. In the paper, Schluter and McPhail also provide a conceptual framework in the form of six criteria that need … Continue reading Revisiting Schluter and McPhail 1992

Revisiting Milinski and Bakker 1990

In 1990, Manfred Milinski and Theo Bakker published a paper in Nature providing experimental evidence in support of the Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis. Milinski and Bakker showed, through experiments on three-spined stickleback, that: 1. the intensity of a male's red color is correlated with his physical condition; 2. females choose males based on red color intensity; 3. … Continue reading Revisiting Milinski and Bakker 1990

Revisiting Loreau and Hector 2001

In a 2001 paper in Nature, Michel Loreau and Andy Hector described a new method, based on the Price equation, to partition  the "selection effect" and the "complementarity effect" of biodiversity  on ecosystem function, and demonstrated its use on data from the BIODEPTH  experiments (BIODiversity and Ecological Processes in Terrestrial Herbaceous ecosystems: experimental manipulations of … Continue reading Revisiting Loreau and Hector 2001