Functional Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal on organismal ecology publishing papers on physiological, behavioural, and evolutionary ecology. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the British Ecological Society. Its 2010 impact factor is 4.645, ranking the journal 18th among 129 journals in the category "Ecology". The editor-in-chief is Duncan Irschick.
Slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attack, study finds
Trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.
Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change
Caterpillars of two species of butterflies in Colorado and California have evolved to feed rapidly at higher and at a broader range of temperatures in the past 40 years, suggesting that they are evolving ...
Stealth maneuver allows nectar bats to target insect prey
A nectar-feeding bat that was thought to eat insects in passing has been discovered to target its moving prey with stealth precision, according to new research by scientists at Queen Mary University of London.
A penguin's tale: Diet linked to breeding failure
(Phys.org) —A study on a Victorian penguin colony has revealed new insight into the link between seabird diet and breeding success.
Hummingbird metabolism unique in burning glucose and fructose equally
Hummingbird metabolism is a marvel of evolutionary engineering. These tiny birds can power all of their energetic hovering flight by burning the sugar contained in the floral nectar of their diet.
Fat and fit: How dormice make optimal use of their body fat reserves
Edible dormice store considerable amounts of fat in summer. Their fat reserves are necessary for them to survive a long hibernation—on average 8 months—in underground cavities. But how do hibernators ...
Flower research shows gardens can be a feast for the eyes—and the bees
Are our favourite garden flowers attractive to hungry visitors such as bees and butterflies to feed on?
Ecological study discovers impact of the great drought on forests
(Phys.org) —The impact extreme weather can play on British forests and the lessons to be learned to make them more resilient to future climate change is the subject of an ecological study published today.
Snooping on neighbours gives animals the upper paw
(Phys.org) —Animals that have developed the ability to eavesdrop on their neighbours may have the edge when it comes to finding food and expanding their habitat, a new study by researchers at The University ...
Size matters for creatures of cold polar waters
Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Plymouth, and Radboud, Netherlands, have challenged the view that giant animals are found in polar seas because of a superabundance of oxygen in cold water.
Anatomy determines how lizards attract partners and repel rivals
(Phys.org) —Catching the attention of female lizards in a darkened rainforest amid a blur of windblown vegetation is no easy task.
Sexiness doesn't always have a downside
(Phys.org) —University of Queensland researchers have found that sexiness doesn't have to be a burden, at least not if you're a male threadfin rainbowfish.
Disappearing nannies force parents to accept their duties
(Phys.org) —Large helpers (nannies) in a cichlid fish allow the dominant male and female to reduce their personal contribution to their offspring and territory, according to new research published today ...
Isolated sheep help scientists study ageing
Sheep keep having twins even in old age, say scientists.
Researchers examine environmental stress in migratory birds
(Phys.org)—Small migratory male birds that winter in a stressful environment age faster than those that winter in a high-quality habitat, according to research stemming from a collaborative National Science ...