Gilbert lab publishes two papers in Ecology Letters

Hidden responses to environmental variation: maternal effects reveal species niche dimensions

Ecology Letters, (2014) 17: 662–669                 doi: 10.1111/ele.12267  (pdf)


Figure 1 Effect sizes of (a) seed size, (b) seed number and (c) seed dormancy responses to our watering treatments across a phylogeny of 29 species; see Table S1 for species codes. Effect sizes were calculated using Cohen’s d (i.e. [ldrylwet]/pooled r; Hartung et al. 2011). Positive effect sizes indicate that trait values were higher in the dry compared to wet environment, and vice versa. The numbers on the phylogeny correspond to taxonomic orders: (1) Poales, (2) Ranunculales, (3) Fabales, (4) Caryophyllales, (5) Boraginales, (6) Lamiales and (7) Asterales. Dashed branches represent unknown relationships due to missing sequence data [SCOLU and SVIRI], and ‘9’ indicates unavailable trait data rather than a true zero. *P < 0.05, ºP < 0.10.


A bioenergetic framework for the temperature dependence of trophic interactions

Ecology Letters, (2014) 17: 902–914        doi: 10.1111/ele.12307  (pdf)

consumer to resource biomass ratio (a) and three measures of stability 

Figure 2 Relationship between BCR, the consumer to resource biomass ratio (a) and three measures of stability (b). The C:R biomass ratio increases monotonically with BCR (a), whereas stability shows a bidirectional response (b). Stability increases initially, but strengthening interactions beyond a critical point causes destabilisation....