Virtual Issue: Open Access week 2015


To coincide with the 8th annual Open Access Week, the five journals of the British Ecological Society are pleased to publish virtual issues of open access papers. These papers have all been published through the OnlineOpen programme. Members of the British Ecological Society are offered a 25% discount towards the cost of the Online Open scheme.




'How To...'

Constructing, conducting and interpreting animal social network analysis
Damien R. Farine and Hal Whitehead

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Climate ecology

Long-term phenological trends, species accumulation rates, aphid traits and climate: five decades of change in migrating aphids
James R. Bell, Lynda Alderson, Daniela Izera, Tracey Kruger, Sue Parker, Jon Pickup, Chris R. Shortall, Mark S. Taylor, Paul Verrier and Richard Harrington

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Adult acclimation to combined temperature and pH stressors significantly enhances reproductive outcomes compared to short-term exposures
Coleen C. Suckling, Melody S. Clark, Joelle Richard, Simon A. Morley, Michael A. S. Thorne, Elizabeth M. Harper and Lloyd S. Peck

Behavioural ecology

Predator-dependent functional response in wolves: from food limitation to surplus killing
Barbara Zimmermann, Håkan Sand, Petter Wabakken, Olof Liberg and Harry Peter Andreassen

Demographic mechanisms of inbreeding adjustment through extra-pair reproduction
Jane M. Reid, A. Bradley Duthie, Matthew E. Wolak and Peter Arcese

Contrasting responses of male and female foraging effort to year-round wind conditions
Sue Lewis, Richard A. Phillips, Sarah J. Burthe, Sarah Wanless and Francis Daunt

Trophic interactions

Predicting invasive species impacts: a community module functional response approach reveals context dependencies
Rachel A. Paterson, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Daniel W. Pritchard, Marilyn Ennis, Melanie J. Hatcher and Alison M. Dunn

Patterns of trophic niche divergence between invasive and native fishes in wild communities are predictable from mesocosm studies
Thi Nhat Quyen Tran, Michelle C. Jackson, Danny Sheath, Hugo Verreycken and J. Robert Britton

Testing predator–prey theory using broad-scale manipulations and independent validation
Robert Serrouya, Bruce N. McLellan and Stan Boutin

Parasite and disease ecology

A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees (pages 615–624)
Dino P. McMahon, Matthias A. Fürst, Jesicca Caspar, Panagiotis Theodorou, Mark J. F. Brown and Robert J. Paxton

Detailed monitoring of a small but recovering population reveals sublethal effects of disease and unexpected interactions with supplemental feeding
Simon Tollington, Andrew Greenwood, Carl G. Jones, Paquita Hoeck, Aurélie Chowrimootoo, Donal Smith, Heather Richards, Vikash Tatayah and Jim J. Groombridge

Population ecology

Age and sex-selective predation moderate the overall impact of predators
Sarah R. Hoy, Steve J. Petty, Alexandre Millon, D. Philip Whitfield, Michael Marquiss, Martin Davison and Xavier Lambin

In hot and cold water: differential life-history traits are key to success in contrasting thermal deep-sea environments
Leigh Marsh, Jonathan T. Copley, Paul A. Tyler and Sven Thatje

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Live fast, die old: no evidence of reproductive senescence or costs of mating in a damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera)
Christopher Hassall, Thomas N. Sherratt, Phillip C. Watts and David J. Thompson

Community ecology

Density- and trait-mediated effects of a parasite and a predator in a tri-trophic food web
Aabir Banerji, Alison B. Duncan, Joanne S. Griffin, Stuart Humphries, Owen L. Petchey and Oliver Kaltz

Concomitant predation on parasites is highly variable but constrains the ways in which parasites contribute to food web structure
Alyssa R. Cirtwill and Daniel B. Stouffer

Measuring β-diversity with species abundance data
Louise J. Barwell, Nick J. B. Isaac and William E. Kunin

Global patterns and predictors of fish species richness in estuaries
Rita P. Vasconcelos, Sofia Henriques, Susana França, Stéphanie Pasquaud, Inês Cardoso, Marina Laborde and Henrique N. Cabral


The role of a dominant predator in shaping biodiversity over space and time in a marine ecosystem
Kari E. Ellingsen, Marti J. Anderson, Nancy L. Shackell, Torkild Tveraa, Nigel G. Yoccoz and Kenneth T. Frank

Life histories

Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival in a cooperatively breeding bird
Matthieu Paquet, Claire Doutrelant, Ben J. Hatchwell, Claire N. Spottiswoode and Rita Covas

Physiological ecology

Flexibility in metabolic rate confers a growth advantage under changing food availability
Sonya K. Auer, Karine Salin, Agata M. Rudolf, Graeme J. Anderson and Neil B. Metcalfe


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