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29 APR

Silicified cell walls as a defensive trait in diatoms

Diatoms contribute nearly half of the marine primary production. These microalgae differ from other phytoplankton groups in having a silicified cell wall, which is the...

01 MAR

Honorable mention by the American Naturalist for our paper on evolution of reproductive...

Jellyfish are weird creatures that can reproduce in different modes both sexually and asexually. Similar functional strategies are also present in several other species...

25 FEB

Competition-defense tradeoff increases the diversity of microbial plankton communities...

Defense mechanisms are very common in unicellular plankton. A wide variety of these mechanisms (toxins, shell etc.) is observed and it is rather difficult to quantify...

22 FEB

Why are diatoms so successful?

A mechanistic model of diatoms reveals a conundrum. The defining physical attributes of diatoms – their silica shell and their large central vacuole – give diatoms an...

12 FEB

Resource limitation determines temperature response of unicellular plankton communities

Increases in temperature increase enzymatic activity, so one expects growth to also increase. However, this is not always the case. We show that when organisms are resource...

12 FEB

Climate change-induced shifts in the distribution of plankton alter the global...

Changes in the distribution of zooplankton in the North Atlantic during the past 55 years has led to major changes in the biological carbon pump.

07 FEB

When more is less: phytoplankton abundance drives behavior mediated cascades in...

Our traditional view of the interactions between marine organisms is conceptualized as food webs where species interact with one another mainly via direct consumption...

05 FEB

Changes in community traits of North Sea fish not similar in time and space

The North Sea fish community has a long history of intense fishing and environmental change. Scientific bottom trawl surveys, which have been ongoing in the North Sea...

28 JAN

Non-mechanistic traits and false trade-offs

Trade-offs are the cornerstone of trait-based ecology. They describe the advantages and costs of a certain trait, and thus determine when and where organisms with that...

21 JAN

New study identifies rapid developmental shifts in the thermal sensitivity of...

Ectotherms often grow to a smaller adult body size when reared in warmer conditions. Typically, this is because development rate increases faster than growth rate with...

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