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Hot Topics in Ecology and Evolution

(Journal Club, Tuesdays 2.30pm)

We meet once a fortnight to discuss any ecological research papers that people find so exciting they've got to share them. Please read the paper so we can focus on discussing the topic.

We meet on Tuesdays at 2.30pm, alternating the location between the coffee area in the Earth Institute (4th floor Science East) and the SBES table area, Science West, Level 2.

If you want to propose a paper to discuss, contact: Hannah White (hannah.white@ucd.ie)

Date Topic Location
5th November Species turnover promotes the importance of bee diversity for crop pollination at regional scales Science West
22nd October 100 yr of primary succession highlights stochasticity and competition driving community establishment and stability Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
8th October The limits to population density in birds and mammals Science West
24th September Life and extinction of megafauna in the ice-age Arctic Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
10th September Comparing the soundscapes of organic and conventional olive groves: A potential method for bird diversity monitoring Science West
27th August Evidence for Batesian mimicry in polymorphic hoverfly Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
13th August Flowers respond to pollinator sound within minutes by increasing nectar sugar concentration Science West
30th July Scale dependency in drivers of outdoor recreation in England Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
16th July Animal life history is shaped by the pace of life and the distribution of age-specific mortality and reproduction Science West
2nd July Local adaptation in dispersal in multi-resource landscapes Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
18th June Using data from schools to model variation in soil invertebrates across the UK: The importance of weather, climate, season and habitat Science West
4th June On the prevalence of uninformative parameters in statistical models applying model selection in applied ecology Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
21st May Community-level regulation of temporal trends in biodiversity Science West
7th May A balance of winners and losers in the Anthropocene Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
23rd April Honeybees disrupt the structure and functionality of plant-pollinator networks Science West
9th April Rapidly declining remarkability of temperature anomalies may obscure public perception of climate change Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
26th March Gender differences in peer review outcomes and manuscript impact at six journals of ecology and evolution Science West
12th March Metabolic asymmetry and the global diversity of marine predators Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
26th February More invaders do not result in heavier impacts: The effects of non-native bullfrogs on native anurans are mitigated by high densities of non-native crayfish Science West
12th February To replicate, or not to replicate - that is the question: how to tackle nonlinear responses in ecological experiments Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
29th January The biomass distribution on Earth Science West
11th December More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
27th November Rewilding the English uplands: Policy and practice Science West
13th November High Resilience of Seed Dispersal Webs Highlighted by the Experimental Removal of the Dominant Disperser Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
30th October The major barriers to evidence-informed conservation policy and possible solutions Science West
16th October Using archived television video footage to quantify phenology responses to climate change Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
2nd October Defining and delivering resilient ecological networks: Nature conservation in England Science West
18th September Many analysts, one dataset: Making transparent how variations in analytical choices affect results Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
31st July Human behaviour as a long-term ecological driver of non-human evolution Science West
17th July The sensitivity of breeding songbirds to changes in seasonal timing is linked to population change but cannot be directly attributed to the effects of trophic asynchrony on productivity Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
3rd July Anthropogenic changes to the Holocene nitrogen cycle in Ireland Science West
19th June Global macroevolution and macroecology of passerine song Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
5th June From cryptic herbivore to predator: stable isotopes reveal consistent variability in trophic levels in an ant population Science West
22nd May Linking host traits, interactions with competitors and disease: Mechanistic foundations for disease dilution Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
8th May Integrated population modelling reveals a perceived source to be a cryptic sink Science West
24th April Assessing nature's contributions to people Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
10th April Assessing nature's contributions to people Science West
27th March How can evolution learn? Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
13th March Confronting and resolving competing values behind conservation objectives Science West
27th February Migratory animals feel the cost of getting sick: A meta-analysis across species Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
13th February Rarity and persistence Science West
30th January Artificial light as a new threat to pollination Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
16th January Natural climate solutions Science West
21st November Publishing with objective charisma: Breaking science's paradox Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
7th November The promise and peril of CRISPR gene drives Science West
24th October Have ecosystem services been oversold? Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
10th October Neolithic and Bronze Age migration to Ireland and establishment of the insular Atlantic genome Science West
26th September Inferring patterns of folktale diffusion using genomic data Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
12th September Apparent survival of an Arctic-breeding migratory bird over 44 years of fluctuating population size Science West
29th August What is long-distance dispersal? And a taxonomy of dispersal events Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
15th August Is supplementary feeding in gardens a driver of evolutionary change in a migratory bird species? Science West
1st August The ASA's Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
18th July Using eDNA to develop a national citizen science-based monitoring programme for the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) Science West
4th July The sources of adaptive variation Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
20th June De-extinction and evolution Science West
30th May Translocation of species, climate change, and the end of trying to recreate past ecological communities Science West
9th May Rapid acceleration of plant speciation during the Anthropocene Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)
25th April Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes Science West
11th April Has land use pushed terrestrial biodiversity beyond the planetary boundary? A global assessment Earth Institute (Level 4, Science East)

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