Issue 3.3 contains an amazing number of extra features: three videos, one podcast and one Powerpoint presentation. The topics in the issue range from DNA barcoding, surveys, measuring diversity, population and movement modelling and includes five free applications.
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Recently developed light-weighed tracking devices for positioning through light intensity pattern (‘geolocation’) have begun to greatly improve our knowledge of animal migration. However, the analysis of geolocator data is impeded by many factors potentially affecting light levels and thus, ultimately the determination of positions. Herein, weather and vegetation are major factors altering the light regime experienced by the animals. The picture shows a Common Rosefinch (Carpodactus erythrinus) featured with a 0.5 gram geolocator device.
With topics ranging from phylogenetic analysis to statistics and distribution modelling, conservation, citizen science, surveys, genetic and demographic models to avian biology, our issue 3.2 should be of interest to most ecologists and evolutionary biologists. The issue also contains 5 free applications.
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This very high-resolution image of a beech-dominated forest in central Germany was taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at 250 meter above ground. In this photograph one can clearly recognize individual tree crowns and even smallest gaps. UAVs are increasingly used for ecological surveys because they provide extremely fine resolutions and thus allow the identification of previously undetected object details. Furthermore, UAVs can be considered as very cost-effective tools for the acquisition of data that can be used also very flexibly.
In Assessing biodiversity in forests using very high-resolution images and unmanned aerial vehicles Getzin, Wiegand and Schöning tested the hypothesis that gap-structural information on aerial images can be principally used for the ecological assessment of understorey plant diversity in forests. The authors demonstrate that spatially implicit information on gap shape metrics is indeed sufficient to reveal strong dependency between gap patterns as a filter for incoming light and plant biodiversity. The study highlights that understorey biodiversity can be actively controlled by the spatial quality, and not just quantity, of tree removal. Thus, even under the same quota of tree harvesting, the promotion of complex and irregularly shaped gaps may be beneficial to foster biodiversity in forests.
We have been very busy in the past couple of weeks and we have a whole range of recently accepted articles:
A novel digital telemetry system for tracking wild animals: a field test for studying mate choice in a lekking tropical bird
Dan Mennill, Stéphanie Doucet, Kara-Anne Ward, Dugan Maynard, Brian Otis and John Burt
A general theory of multimetric indices and their properties
Donald Schoolmaster, James Grace and E. Schweiger
Beyond sensitivity: nonlinear perturbation analysis of transient dynamics
Iain Stott, Dave Hodgson, and Stuart Townley
A two-phase sampling design for increasing detection of rare species in occupancy surveys
Krishna Pacifici, Robert Dorazio and Michael Conroy
Metabarcoding of arthropods for rapid biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring
Douglas Yu, Yingiu Ji, Brent Emerson, Xiaoyang Wang, Chengxi Ye, Chunyan Yang and Zhaoli Ding
How to measure and test phylogenetic signal
Tamara Münkemüller, Sébastien Lavergne, Bruno Bzeznik, Stéphane Dray, Thibaut Jombart, Katja Schiffers and Wilfried Thuiller
Statistical evaluation of parameters estimating autocorrelation and individual heterogeneity in longitudinal studies
Sandra Hamel, Nigel Yoccoz and Jean-Michel Gaillard
jPopGen Suite: population genetics analysis of DNA polymorphism from nucleotide sequences with errors
Our most cited papers on statistical methods in ecology and evolution, modelling species and the environment, and physiological ecology were covered in part 1 – and finally tomorrow we’ll look at our top papers in population monitoring, climate change, evolutionary ecology and phylogenomics.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution will be receiving its first Impact Factor in summer 2012 and we are very impressed with how well our articles are being cited. For those of you who have been following Methods from the start, you will notice some papers that we have already mentioned last year in our top cited blog posts. These are still going strong! Over the next few days we’ll be highlighting our most cited papers across a broad range of fields – stay tuned on MethodsBlog.
Tomorrow we will be posting part 2, where we’ll be showcasing our top cited papers in plant monitoring and modelling, stable isotope ecology and community ecology, and come back on Wednesday for part 3, when we’ll be revealing our top papers in population monitoring, climate change, evolutionary ecology and phylogenomics.
We have been very busy this week and we have a whole range of recently accepted articles:
Bats as bioindicators – The need of a standardized method for acoustic bat activity surveys Peter Stahlschmidt and Carsten Brühl
Developing a deeper understanding of animal movements and spatial dynamics through novel application of network analyses
David Jacoby, Edward Brooks, Darren Croft and David Sims
BaSTA: an R package for Bayesian estimation of age-specific survival from incomplete mark-recapture/recovery data with covariates
Fernando Colchero, Owen Jones and Maren Rebke
Designing a benthic monitoring programme with multiple conflicting objectives
Allert Bijleveld, Jan van Gils, Jaap van der Meer, Anne Dekinga, Casper Kraan, Henk van der Veer and Theunis Piersma
Category count models for resource management
mvabund – an R package for model-based analysis of multivariate abundance data
David Warton, Yi Wang, Ulrike Naumann, and Stephen Wright
Movement ecology of human resource users: using net squared displacement, biased random bridges and resource utilisation functions to quantify hunter and gatherer behaviour
Sarah Papworth, Nils Bunnefeld, Katie Slocombe and E.J. Milner-Gulland
Methods in Ecology and Evolution’s applications are intended to provide a citable description of new methods and techniques in ecology and evolution, with the intention of promoting and maximising the uptake of these new approaches. The papers we’ve already published span a huge range of methodologies, providing new tools for testing the tempo of evolution in phylogenetic trees, assessing the effectiveness of forest carbon conservation, and performing a broad array of spatial statistical analyses – to name but a few.
We covered statistical methods in ecology and evolution, modelling species and the environment, and physiological ecology in part 1 of our look at our most popular papers so far – and on Monday we’ll be rounding off with our top papers in population monitoring, climate change, evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics.
ISI has only been indexing Methods in Ecology and Evolution for a short time, but some of our papers are already accumulating an impressive number of citations. Over the next few days we’ll be highlighting our most cited papers across a broad range of fields – just in case they’ve slipped you by.
Check back tomorrow here for part 2, where we’ll be showcasing our top cited papers in plant monitoring and modelling, stable isotope ecology and community ecology, and come back on Monday for part 3, when we’ll be revealing our top papers in population monitoring, climate change, evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics.