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.
The early bird catches the sperm
Getting up later in the morning might gain you more sleep, but it could mean you end up fathering fewer offspring—at least if you are a songbird called the great tit. Ecologists from the United States and Germany have discovered ...
Testosterone key to new bird bang theory
New research from a Wake Forest University biologist who studies animal behavior suggests that evolution is hard at work when it comes to the acrobatic courtship dances of a tropical bird species.
3-D printing blossoms into powerful new tool for ecologists
3D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants. Now, ecologists are using the technology to make artificial flowers, which they say could revolutionise our understanding of plant-pollinator interactions. ...
Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure
Research finds clue to why females live longer than males
A study from the University of Exeter has found that male flies die earlier than their female counterparts when forced to evolve with the pressures of mate competition and juvenile survival. The results could help researchers ...
I like bright butts – how male mantids locate females
Praying mantids are masters of camouflage, blending in with the background vegetation, at least to human eyes. Camouflage can be an effective protection from predators and an important concealment from approaching prey, however, ...
Female sticklebacks prime their offspring to cope with climate change
Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have shown that three-spined sticklebacks in the North Sea pass on information concerning their living environment to their ...
Do sexually transmitted diseases drive variation in mammalian immunity?
It has been assumed that the increased transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases in the case of mating promiscuity is influential in shaping the immune system of mammals. Results published in the scientific journal Functional ...
Burnt out birds suggest hard work could be bad for your health
Unequal sharing of workloads in societies could leave the most industrious individuals at higher risk of poor health and prone to accelerated ageing, according to a new study of a cooperative bird in the Kalahari Desert.
Stress can make hard-working mongooses less likely to help in the future
Researchers studying banded mongooses in Uganda have discovered that those who work hard to care for pups may be less likely to invest in future offspring in the same way due to elevated stress hormones.