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Source code for R tutorials and dataset for empirical case study on Malurus elegans (red-winged fairy wren)

Martijn Van De Pol & Lyanne Brouwer
Biological processes exhibit complex temporal dependencies due to the sequential nature of allocation decisions in organisms’ life-cycles, feedback loops, and two-way causality. Consequently, longitudinal data often contain cross-lags: the predictor variable depends on the response variable of the previous time-step. Although statisticians have warned that regression models that ignore such covariate endogeneity in time series are likely to be inappropriate, this has received relatively little attention in biology. Furthermore, the resulting degree of estimation bias...

Data for: Telomere dynamics in relation to experimentally increased locomotion costs and fitness in great tits

Simon Verhulst, Els Atema & Arie J. Van Noordwijk
Evidence that telomere length (TL) and dynamics can be interpreted as proxy for ‘life stress’ experienced by individuals stems largely from correlational studies. We tested for effects of an experimental increase of workload on telomere dynamics by equipping male great tits (Parus major) with a 0.9 gram backpack for a full year. In addition, we analysed associations between natural life-history variation, TL and TL dynamics. Carrying 5% extra weight for a year did not significantly...

List of known SNP positions (based on SNP chip data) for base quality score recalibration of alignments for whole-genome resequencing and whole-genome bisulfite sequencing data from great tits (Parus major)

Melanie Lindner, Veronika N Laine & Marcel E Visser
The profiling of epigenetic marks like DNA methylation has become a central aspect of studies in evolution and ecology. Bisulfite sequencing is commonly used for assessing genome-wide DNA methylation at single nucleotide resolution but these data can also provide information on genetic variants like single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). However, bisulfite conversion causes unmethylated cytosines to appear as thymines, complicating the alignment and subsequent SNP calling. Several tools have been developed to overcome this challenge, but...

Plant community legacy effects on nutrient cycling, fungal decomposer communities and decomposition in a temperate grassland

Renske Jongen, S. Emilia Hannula, Jonathan R. De Long, Robin Heinen, Martine Huberty, Katja Steinauer & T. Martijn Bezemer
Soil legacies mediated by plant species-specific microbial communities are major drivers of plant community dynamics. Most soil legacy studies focus on the role of pathogens and mutualists in driving these processes, while much less is known about plant litter-mediated changes to the soil microbial community. Here, we used an existing plant-soil feedback field experiment in which plant communities with different growth strategies (i.e., fast versus slow) and different proportions of functional groups (grasses versus forbs)...

Measuring the contribution of evolution to community trait structure in freshwater zooplankton

Lynn Govaert, Luc De Meester, Steven Declerck, Sarah Rousseaux & Jelena H. Pantel
There are currently few predictions about when evolutionary processes are likely to play an important role in structuring community features.Determining predictors that indicate when evolution is expected to impact ecological processes in natural landscapes can help researchers identify eco-evolutionary 'hotspots', where eco-evolutionary interactions are more likely to occur. Using data collected from a survey in freshwater cladoceran communities, landscape population genetic data, and phenotypic trait data measured in a common garden, we applied a Bayesian...

Postnatal growth rate varies with latitude in range-expanding geese – the role of plasticity and day length

Michiel P. Boom, Henk P. Van Der Jeugd, Boas Steffani, Bart A. Nolet, Kjell Larsson & Götz Eichhorn
This dataset contains data from an analysis of differences in growth rate among three different barnacle populations breeding at different latitudes, described in the paper: Boom, Michiel P., van der Jeugd, H.P., Steffani, B., Nolet, B.A., Larsson, K., & Eichhorn, G. (2021), Postnatal growth rate varies with latitude in range-expanding geese – the role of plasticity and day length. Journal of Animal Ecology. The postnatal growth period is a crucial life stage, with potential lifelong...

Large wild herbivores slow down the rapid decline of plant diversity in a tropical forest biodiversity hotspot

Nacho Villar & Emilia Patricia Medici
1. The UN declaration of the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 emphasizes the need for effective measures to restore ecosystems and safeguard biodiversity. Large herbivores regulate many ecosystem processes and functions, yet their potential as a nature-based solution to buffer against long-term temporal declines in biodiversity associated to global change and restore diversity in secondary forests remains unknown. 2. By means of an exclusion experiment, we tested experimentally the buffering effects of large wild herbivores...

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  • Netherlands Institute of Ecology
  • Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie
  • University of Groningen
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology
  • Leiden University
  • Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
  • University of Antwerp