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Collection  30 April 2019

Top 100 in Ecology

Explore our most highly accessed* ecology articles in 2018. Featuring authors from around the World, these papers highlight valuable research within ecology from an international community.

*According to web analytics, covering January-December 2018

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Multi-modal survey of Adélie penguin mega-colonies reveals the Danger Islands as a seabird hotspot

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The evolution of fruit colour: phylogeny, abiotic factors and the role of mutualists

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Species Distribution Modelling: Contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data

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Co-extinctions annihilate planetary life during extreme environmental change

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A specialized fungal parasite ( Massospora cicadina ) hijacks the sexual signals of periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada )

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Light pollution is greatest within migration passage areas for nocturnally-migrating birds around the world

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Acceleration of phenological advance and warming with latitude over the past century

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Mitochondrial DNA is unsuitable to test for isolation by distance

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Multi-species coexistence in Lotka-Volterra competitive systems with crowding effects

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Environmental DNA filtration techniques affect recovered biodiversity

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Reduced occupancy of hedgehogs ( Erinaceus europaeus ) in rural England and Wales: The influence of habitat and an asymmetric intra-guild predator

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Controlling the impact of the managed honeybee on wild bees in protected areas

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The influence of riverine barriers, climate, and topography on the biogeographic regionalization of Amazonian anurans

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Medicinal value of sunflower pollen against bee pathogens

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Long-term response of forest productivity to climate change is mostly driven by change in tree species composition

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Demonstration of the potential of environmental DNA as a tool for the detection of avian species

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Disequilibrium of fire-prone forests sets the stage for a rapid decline in conifer dominance during the 21 st century

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Gymnosperms on the EDGE

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Climate Degradation and Extreme Icing Events Constrain Life in Cold-Adapted Mammals

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Climate change is affecting mortality of weasels due to camouflage mismatch

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Genetic analyses favour an ancient and natural origin of elephants on Borneo

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Warning signals of biodiversity collapse across gradients of tropical forest loss

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Future global productivity will be affected by plant trait response to climate

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DNA-based identification reveals illegal trade of threatened shark species in a global elasmobranch conservation hotspot

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Partial migration in savanna elephant populations distributed across southern Africa

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Modeling the distributions of tegu lizards in native and potential invasive ranges

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Environmental DNA reveals quantitative patterns of fish biodiversity in large rivers despite its downstream transportation

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A global mismatch in the protection of multiple marine biodiversity components and ecosystem services

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Combining fish and benthic communities into multiple regimes reveals complex reef dynamics

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Ocean acidification drives community shifts towards simplified non-calcified habitats in a subtropical−temperate transition zone

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Impact of the huge 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami on the phenotypes and genotypes of Japanese coastal threespine stickleback populations

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Phenotypic plasticity vs. local adaptation in quantitative traits differences of Stipa grandis in semi-arid steppe, China

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Estimating wildlife activity curves: comparison of methods and sample size

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Grazing and climate effects on soil organic carbon concentration and particle-size association in northern grasslands

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Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields impair the Cognitive and Motor Abilities of Honey Bees

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Toward reliable population estimates of wolves by combining spatial capture-recapture models and non-invasive DNA monitoring

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Altitudinal, temporal and trophic partitioning of flower-visitors in Alpine communities

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Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea: a gap analysis in environmental space

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Integrated Population Modeling Provides the First Empirical Estimates of Vital Rates and Abundance for Polar Bears in the Chukchi Sea

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Climate change-driven range losses among bumblebee species are poised to accelerate

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Effect of tropical forest disturbance on the competitive interactions within a diverse ant community

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Hydroacoustics as a tool to examine the effects of Marine Protected Areas and habitat type on marine fish communities

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Social bees are fitter in more biodiverse environments

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Development and worldwide use of non-lethal, and minimal population-level impact, protocols for the isolation of amphibian chytrid fungi

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Biophysical feedbacks mediate carbonate chemistry in coastal ecosystems across spatiotemporal gradients

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Ocean sprawl facilitates dispersal and connectivity of protected species

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Uniqueness of Protected Areas for Conservation Strategies in the European Union

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Fungal spore diversity reflects substrate-specific deposition challenges

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Asclepias Syriaca (Common Milkweed) flowering date shift in response to climate change

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Hotspots within a global biodiversity hotspot - areas of endemism are associated with high mountain ranges

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Genetic homogeneity of the invasive lionfish across the Northwestern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico based on Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms

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Genetic diversity and kelp forest vulnerability to climatic stress

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Humpback whale migrations to Antarctic summer foraging grounds through the southwest Pacific Ocean

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Distribution and the origin of invasive apple snails, Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae) in China

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Verification of Argentine ant defensive compounds and their behavioral effects on heterospecific competitors and conspecific nestmates

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Epidemiological tracing of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans identifies widespread infection and associated mortalities in private amphibian collections

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Artificial Light at Night Affects Emergence from a Refuge and Space Use in Guppies

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Evaluating the Contribution of North American Zoos and Aquariums to Endangered Species Recovery

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Northern protected areas will become important refuges for biodiversity tracking suitable climates

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Effects of sampling effort on biodiversity patterns estimated from environmental DNA metabarcoding surveys

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Novel crab predator causes marine ecosystem regime shift

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High carnivore population density highlights the conservation value of industrialised sites

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A globally-distributed alien invasive species poses risks to United States imperiled species

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Secondary forest regeneration benefits old-growth specialist bats in a fragmented tropical landscape

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Optimal swimming strategies and behavioral plasticity of oceanic whitetip sharks

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Floral resource partitioning by individuals within generalised hoverfly pollination networks revealed by DNA metabarcoding

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Blue mussel shell shape plasticity and natural environments: a quantitative approach

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Sea surface temperature predicts the movements of an Arctic cetacean: the bowhead whale

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Species contributions to single biodiversity values under-estimate whole community contribution to a wider range of values to society

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Enzootic frog pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Asian tropics reveals high ITS haplotype diversity and low prevalence

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Species distribution model transferability and model grain size – finer may not always be better

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Homogenization and impoverishment of taxonomic and functional diversity of ants in Eucalyptus plantations

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A Nearctic-Neotropical Migratory Songbird’s Nesting Phenology and Clutch Size are Predictors of Accumulated Cyclone Energy

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Disclosing the double mutualist role of birds on Galápagos

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Climatic niche divergence drives patterns of diversification and richness among mammal families

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Grassland ecosystem responses to climate change and human activities within the Three-River Headwaters region of China

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Contrasting patterns of leaf trait variation among and within species during tropical dry forest succession in Costa Rica

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Sporadic nesting reveals long distance colonisation in the philopatric loggerhead sea turtle ( Caretta caretta )

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Population genetic signatures of a climate change driven marine range extension

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Cryptic population structure reveals low dispersal in Iberian wolves

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Contrasting phylogeographic pattern among Eudyptes penguins around the Southern Ocean

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Socio-ecological dynamics of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems and conservation opinion propagation

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Non-structural carbohydrates regulated by season and species in the subtropical monsoon broad-leaved evergreen forest of Yunnan Province, China

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Female dispersion and sex ratios interact in the evolution of mating behavior: a computational model

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Scenario planning with linked land-sea models inform where forest conservation actions will promote coral reef resilience

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On the wrong track: ocean acidification attracts larval fish to irrelevant environmental cues

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Metabarcoding of marine environmental DNA based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes

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Using spatial mark-recapture for conservation monitoring of grizzly bear populations in Alberta

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Climate Warming as a Possible Trigger of Keystone Mussel Population Decline in Oligotrophic Rivers at the Continental Scale

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High-resolution GPS tracking reveals sex differences in migratory behaviour and stopover habitat use in the Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

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Proximate mechanisms affecting seasonal differences in migration speed of avian species

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Repeatability and degree of territorial aggression differs among urban and rural great tits ( Parus major )

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Habitat degradation alters trophic pathways but not food chain length on shallow Caribbean coral reefs

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Boat noise impacts risk assessment in a coral reef fish but effects depend on engine type

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Barn swallows long-distance migration occurs between significantly temperature-correlated areas

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N -mixture models reliably estimate the abundance of small vertebrates

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New universal ITS2 primers for high-resolution herbivory analyses using DNA metabarcoding in both tropical and temperate zones

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Remotely-sensed productivity clusters capture global biodiversity patterns

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Searching for a compromise between biological and economic demands to protect vulnerable habitats

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Hybrids of amphibian chytrid show high virulence in native hosts

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– Adusei, P.K., Oduro-Ofori, E., Amponsah, O. and Agyeman, K.O. (2018). Participatory incremental slum upgrading towards sustainability: An assessment of slum dwellers’ willingness and ability to pay for utility services. – Avila-Pires, F. (2007). Human ecology and general ecology: On theory and methods. – Barnosky, A. D., Hadley, E. A., Gonzalez, P., Head, J., Polly, P. D., Lawing, A. M.,& Blois, J. (2017). Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. – Baselga, A., Gómez-Rodríguez, C., & Vogler, A. P. (2015). Multi-hierarchical macroecology at species and genetic levels to discern neutral and non-neutral processes. – Bell, E., Bryman, A., & Harley, B. (2018). Business research methods. – Bernard, H. R. (2017). Research methods in anthropology: Marine ecology, environmental policy. – Blackwell, B.G., Brown, M.L & Willis, D.W. (2000). Relative weight (Wr) status and current use in fisheries assessment and management. – Brei, Michael, et al. (2016). Environmental pollution and biodiversity: Light pollution and sea turtles in the Caribbean. – Buckner, Emily V., et al. (2018). Conserving connectivity: Human influence on subsidy transfer and relevant restoration efforts. – Campbell, B. G. (2014). Human ecology: The story of our place in nature from prehistory to the present. – Chan, J. T. K., Leung, H. M., Yue, P. Y. K., Au, C. K., Wong, Y. K., Cheung, K. C., … & Yung, K. K. L. (2017). Combined effects of land reclamation, channel dredging upon the bioavailable concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Victoria Harbour sediment, Hong Kong. – Chiras, D. D. (2014). Environmental science. – Clayton, S., Kals, E. and Feygina, I. (2016). Justice and environmental sustainability. – Davenport, C. (2014, May 28). President said to be planning to use executive authority on carbon rule. – De Ridder, Denise, et al. (2013). Obesity, overconsumption, and self-regulation failure: The unsung role of eating appropriateness standards. – Eagle, Lynne, et al. (2016). The role of social marketing, marine turtles and sustainable tourism in reducing plastic pollution. – Eizenberg, E. and Jabareen, Y. (2017). Social sustainability: A new conceptual framework. England salt marsh plant community. Journal of Ecology, 92(1), 72-85. – Fraser, M. W., Short, J., Kendrick, G., McLean, D., Keesing, J., Byrne, M., … & Field, S. (2017). Effects of dredging on critical ecological processes for marine invertebrates, seagrasses and macroalgae, and the potential for management with environmental windows using Western Australia as a case study. – Froese R., (2006). Cube law, condition factor and weight-length relationships: Meta-analysis and recommendations. – Fuentes‐Pardo, A. P., & Ruzzante, D. E. (2017). Whole‐genome sequencing approaches for conservation biology: Advantages, limitations and practical recommendations. – Fuentes, MMPB, and J. E. Cinner. (2010). Using expert opinion to prioritize impacts of climate change on sea turtles’ nesting grounds. – Golden, Eva J. (2016). Sea turtle response to climate change: Analyzing current and predicting future impacts on populations, habitat, and prey populations. – Goodwin, Neva, et al. Consumption and the consumer society. – Håkansson, Andreas. (2014). What is overconsumption?–A step towards a common understanding. – Hetherington, M. M., and P. Blundell‐Birtill. (2018). The portion size effect and overconsumption–towards downsizing solutions for children and adolescents. – Humphrey, W. S. (2017). A Synthesis of James Howard Kunstler’s Themes of Urbanization and the Impending Oil Crisis in The Geography of Nowhere, Home from Nowhere, The City in Mind, and The Long Emergency. – Ianole, Rodica, and Viorel Cornescu. (2013). Overconsumption society through the looking-glass of behavioral economics. – J., Clarke, D., … & Erftemeijer, P. L. (2017). A critical analysis of the direct effects of dredging on fish. – Jambeck, J. R., et al. (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. – Karl, T. R., & Trenberth, K. E. (2003). Modern global climate change. – Kartzinel, T. R., Goheen, J. R., Charles, G. K., DeFranco, E., Maclean, J. E., Otieno, T. O., & Pringle, R. M. (2014). Plant and small‐mammal responses to large‐herbivore exclusion in an African savanna: Five years of the UHURU experiment. – Kim, D., Bartholdy, J., & Bartholdy, A. T. (2016). Varying patterns of vegetation dynamics. Laferrière, E., & Stoett, P. J. (1999). International relations theory and ecological thought: Towards a synthesis. – Li, K., Liu, X., Zhao, X., & Guo, W. (2010). Effects of reclamation projects on marine ecological environment in Tianjin Harbor Industrial Zone. – Low, S., Van Ryzin, M. J., Brown, E. C., Smith, B. H., & Haggerty, K. P. (2014). Engagement matters: Lessons from assessing classroom implementation of steps to respect: A bullying prevention program over a one-year period. – Manap, N., & Voulvoulis, N. (2015). Environmental management for dredging sediments–the requirement of developing nations. – Marquet, P., Allen, A., Brown, J., Dunne, J., & Enquist, B. (2014). On Theory in Ecology. Martens, R. (2018). Strategies for Adopting Additive Manufacturing Technology into Business Models. – Meadow, A. M., Ferguson, D. B., Guido, Z., Horangic, A., Owen, G., & Wall, T. (2015). Moving toward the Deliberate Coproduction of Climate Science Knowledge. – Morellato, L. P. C., Alberton, B., Alvarado, S. T., Borges, B., Buisson, E., Camargo, M. G. G., … & Mendoza, I. (2016). Linking plant phenology to conservation biology. – Mouzelis, N. P. (2016). Back to sociological theory: The construction of social orders. Nabangchang, Orapan, et al. “Mobilizing Resources for Marine Turtle Conservation in Asia: A Cross-Country Perspective.” – Nelms, Sarah E., et al. “Plastic and Marine Turtles: A Review and Call for Research.” Niemi, E. (2009). An Overview of Potential Economic Costs to Washington of a Business-As-Usual Approach to Climate Change. – Oldenburg, B., van Duijn, M., Sentse, M., Huitsing, G., van der Ploeg, R., Salmivalli, C., & Veenstra, R. (2015). Teacher characteristics and peer victimization in elementary schools: A classroom-level perspective. – Peets, K., Pöyhönen, V., Juvonen, J., & Salmivalli, C. (2015). Classroom norms of bullying alter the degree to which children defend in response to their affective empathy and power. – Pegas, Fernanda de Vasconcellos, et al. “For Love or for Money? Investigating the Impact of an Ecotourism Programme on Local Residents’ Assigned Values towards Sea Turtles.” – Pomeroy, L. R., & Wiegert, R. G. (2012). The Ecology of a Salt Marsh. – Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Rowman & Littlefield. – Roland and Galloway, 2010. Caring for Students: Student-teacher relations. – Saarento, S., & Salmivalli, C. (2015). The role of classroom peer ecology and bystanders’ responses in bullying. – Sarkar U. K., Deepak P. K. & Negi R. S. (2008). Length-weight relationship of clown knifefish Chitala chitala (Hamilton 1822) from the Ganga basin, India. – Schütte, B. (2018). Legal and Policy Options to handle Marine Littering. – Silliman, B. R. (2014). Salt marshes. – Sommers, W. T., Loehman, R. A., & Hardy, C. C. (2014). Ecology and Climate Science. Wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate: Science overview and knowledge needs. – Southall, A., 2017. The segmentary state: From the imaginary to the material means of production. – Swearer, S. M., & Hymel, S. (2015). Understanding the psychology of bullying: Moving toward a social-ecological diathesis–stress model. – Swearer, S., & Hymel, S. (2015). Bullying and discrimination in schools: Exploring variations across student subgroups. – Tamunobereton-ari, I., Omubo-Pepple, V. B., & Briggs-Kamara, M. A. Dredging for Reclamation of Mangrove Swamp at Ogu, in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria: The Impact on Biodiversity and the Environment. – Tilman, D. (2001). Forecasting Agriculturally Driven Global Environmental Change. – Todd, V. L., Todd, I. B., Gardiner, J. C., Morrin, E. C., MacPherson, N. A., DiMarzio, N. A., &  – Thomsen, F. (2014). A review of impacts of marine dredging activities on marine mammals. Marine Plastic Pollution Legal & Policy Solution Briefing and Workshop: Extended Producer Responsibility and life-cycle management of plastic products. – Urry, J. (2015). Climate change and society. – Vince, J., & Hardesty, B. D. (2018). Governance solutions to the tragedy of the commons that marine plastics have become. – Wenger, A. S., Harvey, E., Wilson, S., Rawson, C., Newman, S. Environmental impact of Hamad port construction. – Xanthos, D., & Walker, T. R. (2017). International policies to reduce plastic marine pollution from single-use plastics (plastic bags and microbeads): A review. – Yoon, J., & Bauman, S. (2014). Teachers: A critical but overlooked component of bullying prevention and intervention. – Yoon, J., Sulkowski, M. L., & Bauman, S. A. (2016). Teachers’ responses to bullying incidents: Effects of teacher characteristics and contexts.

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PollMap: a software for crop pollination mapping in agricultural landscapes

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Some of the introduced alien species introduced settle, multiply, and spread to become invasive alien species (IAS) that threaten biodiversity. To prevent this, Korea and other countries legally designate and ...

Dust and sandstorm: ecosystem perspectives on dryland hazards in Northeast Asia: a review

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Occurrence and diet analysis of sea turtles in Korean shore

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Landscape metrics have been widely applied to quantifying the relationship between land surface temperature and urban spatial patterns and have received acceptable verification from landscape ecologists but so...

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Non-deep physiological dormancy in seeds of Euphorbia jolkinii Boiss. native to Korea

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The Slender racer ( Orientocoluber spinalis Peters, 1866) has recently been reclassified to the new genus Orientocoluber from Hierophis . Ecological knowledge of this species is limited due to its highly mobile beh...

Major environmental factors and traits of invasive alien plants determine their spatial distribution: a case study in Korea

As trade increases, the influx of various alien species and their spread to new regions are prevalent, making them a general problem globally. Anthropogenic activities and climate change have led to alien spec...

Distribution and habitat use of the endangered Siberian flying squirrel Pteromys volans (Rodentia: Sciuridae)

Understanding the habitat characteristics of the endangered Siberian flying squirrel Pteromys volans is the first step in conserving and managing the forests it requires for nesting, gliding, and feeding. Therefo...

How effective are artificial nests in attracting bees? A review

Recent declines in bee populations, along with increasing demand for pollination services in urban, agricultural, and natural environments, have led to strategies to attract wild bees to these areas. One of th...

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Trends in the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems in the Republic of Korea

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The creation of the National Institute of Ecology began as a national alternative project to preserve mudflats instead of constructing the industrial complexes by reclamation, and achieve regional development....

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Diel and seasonal activity pattern of alien sika deer with sympatric mammalian species from Muljangori-oreum wetland of Hallasan National Park, South Korea

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In 2020, a categorized list of wetland preferences, major habitats, and life forms of 4145 vascular plant taxa occurring in the Korean Peninsula was published by the National Institute of Biological Resources....

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Mid-term (2009-2019) demographic dynamics of young beech forest in Albongbunji Basin, Ulleungdo, South Korea

The stem exclusion stage is a stage of forest development that is important for understanding the subsequent understory reinitiation stage and maturation stage during which horizontal heterogeneity is formed. ...

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Genus Quercus is a successful group that has occupied the largest area of forest around the world including South Korea. The acorns are an important food source for both wild animals and humans. Although the repr...

Prevalence of Puccinia abrupta var. partheniicola and its impact on Parthenium hysterophorus in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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Re-emergence of the Glossy Ibis ( Plegadis falcinellus ) in inland South Korea

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Diet composition of the Korean wild boar Sus scrofa coreanus (Suidae) at Mt. Jeombongsan, Korea

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Review on the succession process of Pinus densiflora forests in South Korea: progressive and disturbance-driven succession

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80+ ecology research paper topics for any academic level.

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Choosing ecology research topics can be challenging. Why? There is a great likelihood that your project in your class would be 90 percent close to at least one other project. Besides, your professor is tired of reading over and over again the same ideas for the ecological initiative.

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How to select appropriate ecology research topics?

Ecology research topics that disinterest you and others that might not be too complicated lead to a lack of motivation and minimize the energies you will put into studying and putting together the research paper. Thus, choose subjects that appeal and challenge you to enhance your attitude towards the subject and the research process.

Also, when choosing Ecology research topics, the following steps are fundamental –

Brainstorm for observations –

Exploring the strong views you have on current environmental concerns such as sustainability, conservation, and the environment, generates topic ideas. Recall recent topics or recently collected knowledge that has piqued your interest.

Furthermore, other brainstorming methods include discussing questions that you are interested in learning, holes in the literature that you can fill, and facets of the class that requires in-depth study and analysis.

General context information for analysis –

Scan for an overview of the subject through ecological papers, articles, and books. Also, it helps you see how ideas connect and the variety of subjects by reading general information. Also, main research terminology may be extracted from the papers and books that are read.

Emphasis on the subject matter –

Once a likely subject has been chosen, make sure it is manageable and not too wide or too small. If “the environment” is too broad, restrict the subject by specifying a geographical region, population, time frame, community, or a particular ecological discipline.

Defining the subject as a research issue –

To generate concrete ideas about changing the subject by restricting or broadening the scope, formulate questions about the subject. For example, if the subject concept is sustainability, the research question could be, “How did ecological agriculture strengthen sustainability practices?

Excellent ecology research topics –

So, below we have made a list of ecology research topics that are the most relevant for you and even for writing your research paper –

Research in Evolutionary Ecology –

You need one of the following ecological topics when you need to do extensive evolutionary ecology research and want to ensure that you get a top grade:

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Research Essays on Environment

It’s not easy to write environmental and ecological research papers. You may find, however, that it is a very rewarding activity to research our environment. Therefore, for you, here are some interesting subjects:

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Themes of Human Ecology –

Interested in learning how the environment has been affected by humans? Also, would you like to shed light on some ecology research topics that we can relate to today? Choose any of the following topics in human ecology and get this A+:

Experiment Ideas for Ecology –

It is always an excellent activity to conduct ecological experiments. You may not know what to experiment with, however. Hence, here are some ideas for ecological experiments that will certainly sound interesting to your teacher:

Read more topics: Excellent Biology Topics to Help you Get Great Score

Project Ecology Ideas for College Students –

Do you need to write about something a bit more complex? Indeed, college professors are demanding more in-depth data. Also, they want dedication and originality to be seen. For college students, here are some ecological project ideas that you will surely appreciate:

Topics in Ecology for Presentation –

Do you need to create a presentation for one of your ecological groups or a class? No problem, we can also assist you with this! Hence, here are some of the best ecological topics from our skilled academic writers for presentation:

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Do you want to astonish your professor? Want to get extra originality bonus points also? Indeed it would help if you had our assistance. Therefore, here are some interesting environmental subjects that will catch the eye of your professor in 2021:

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Would you like to write an outstanding essay but don’t want to spend too much time doing it? Yes, as long as the subject is interesting, you can write a great paper on a relatively simple topic. So, have a look at a few easy topics in the environmental paper:

Finally, a good list of ecology research topics and excellent use of the five-paragraph essay structure almost guarantee a good grade for you. But remember, you have to start early and concentrate on providing accurate, quality information. Finally, if you need any research paper help , do not hesitate to contact an academic writer.

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