Behavioral and physiological ecology

Section edited by David Hughes

This section considers studies into the physiological processes underlying an organism’s interactions with its environment as well as all aspects of behavioral ecology.

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  1. Research Article

    Hair cortisol concentrations correlate negatively with survival in a wild primate population

    Glucocorticoid hormones are known to play a key role in mediating a cascade of physiological responses to social and ecological stressors and can therefore influence animals’ behaviour and ultimately fitness. ...

    Josué H. Rakotoniaina, Peter M. Kappeler, Eva Kaesler, Anni M. Hämäläinen, Clemens Kirschbaum and Cornelia Kraus

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:30

    Published on: 1 September 2017

  2. Editorial

    BMC ecology image competition 2017: the winning images

    For the fifth year, BMC Ecology is proud to present the winning images from our annual image competition. The 2017 edition received entries by talented shutterbug-ecologists from across the world, showcasing rese...

    Christopher Foote, Chris T. Darimont, Michel Baguette, Simon Blanchet, Luke M. Jacobus, Dominique Mazzi and Josef Settele

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:28

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Seasonal rainfall at long-term migratory staging sites is associated with altered carry-over effects in a Palearctic-African migratory bird

    An understanding of year-round habitat use is essential for determining how carry-over effects shape population dynamics in long-distance migratory songbirds. The recent discovery of long-term migratory stagin...

    Marjorie C. Sorensen, Graham D. Fairhurst, Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, Jason Newton, Elizabeth Yohannes and Claire N. Spottiswoode

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:41

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  4. Research article

    Host plant range of a fruit fly community (Diptera: Tephritidae): does fruit composition influence larval performance?

    Phytophagous insects differ in their degree of specialisation on host plants, and range from strictly monophagous species that can develop on only one host plant to extremely polyphagous species that can devel...

    Abir Hafsi, Benoit Facon, Virginie Ravigné, Frédéric Chiroleu, Serge Quilici, Brahim Chermiti and Pierre-François Duyck

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:40

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  5. Research article

    Chemical disguise of myrmecophilous cockroaches and its implications for understanding nestmate recognition mechanisms in leaf-cutting ants

    Cockroaches of the genus Attaphila regularly occur in leaf-cutting ant colonies. The ants farm a fungus that the cockroaches also appear to feed on. Cockroaches disperse between colonies horizontally (via foragin...

    Volker Nehring, Francesca R. Dani, Luca Calamai, Stefano Turillazzi, Horst Bohn, Klaus-Dieter Klass and Patrizia d’Ettorre

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:35

    Published on: 5 August 2016

  6. Research Article

    Importance of latrine communication in European rabbits shifts along a rural–to–urban gradient

    Information transfer in mammalian communication networks is often based on the deposition of excreta in latrines. Depending on the intended receiver(s), latrines are either formed at territorial boundaries (betwe...

    Madlen Ziege, David Bierbach, Svenja Bischoff, Anna-Lena Brandt, Mareike Brix, Bastian Greshake, Stefan Merker, Sandra Wenninger, Torsten Wronski and Martin Plath

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:29

    Published on: 14 June 2016

  7. Research article

    Effects of salinity on nest-building behaviour in a marine fish

    Parental allocation and reproductive success are often strongly influenced by environmental factors. In this respect, salinity is a key factor influencing species distributions and community structure in aquat...

    Topi K. Lehtonen, Bob B. M. Wong and Charlotta Kvarnemo

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:7

    Published on: 29 February 2016

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