Ecology Letters

(The TQCC of Ecology Letters is 16. The table below lists those papers that are above that threshold based on CrossRef citation counts [max. 250 papers]. The publications cover those that have been published in the past four years, i.e., from 2020-07-01 to 2024-07-01.)
The effectiveness of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control, pollination services and crop yield: a quantitative synthesis358
AVONET: morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds352
A process‐based metacommunity framework linking local and regional scale community ecology214
Effect of allelopathy on plant performance: a meta‐analysis152
Ecological impacts of human‐induced animal behaviour change116
Uncovering ecological state dynamics with hidden Markov models115
Soil carbon persistence governed by plant input and mineral protection at regional and global scales110
Biodiversity promotes ecosystem functioning despite environmental change106
Biotic interactions are more often important at species’ warm versus cool range edges104
A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research104
Global trends in phenotypic plasticity of plants96
The context dependence of non‐consumptive predator effects90
Species distribution models have limited spatial transferability for invasive species89
A group of ectomycorrhizal fungi restricts organic matter accumulation in boreal forest88
Root‐derived inputs are major contributors to soil carbon in temperate forests, but vary by mycorrhizal type80
Biodiversity loss underlies the dilution effect of biodiversity79
Towards the fully automated monitoring of ecological communities78
A tipping point in carbon storage when forest expands into tundra is related to mycorrhizal recycling of nitrogen77
We should not necessarily expect positive relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in observational field data75
Tree growth sensitivity to climate is temporally variable72
Long‐term change in the avifauna of undisturbed Amazonian rainforest: ground‐foraging birds disappear and the baseline shifts71
Seeing through the static: the temporal dimension of plant–animal mutualistic interactions71
Global functional and phylogenetic structure of avian assemblages across elevation and latitude71
Number of growth days and not length of the growth period determines radial stem growth of temperate trees70
Quantifying 25 years of disease‐caused declines in Tasmanian devil populations: host density drives spatial pathogen spread68
The dimensionality and structure of species trait spaces68
Consistently positive effect of species diversity on ecosystem, but not population, temporal stability67
Latitudinal patterns of terrestrial phosphorus limitation over the globe66
Reduced phenotypic plasticity evolves in less predictable environments65
The evolutionary ecology of fatty‐acid variation: Implications for consumer adaptation and diversification64
Adaptation and coordinated evolution of plant hydraulic traits64
Dilution effects in disease ecology63
A global analysis of song frequency in passerines provides no support for the acoustic adaptation hypothesis but suggests a role for sexual selection63
Future climate risks from stress, insects and fire across US forests61
Floral resource diversification promotes solitary bee reproduction and may offset insecticide effects – evidence from a semi‐field experiment61
The jury is still out regarding the generality of adaptive ‘transgenerational’ effects60
Landscape simplification increases vineyard pest outbreaks and insecticide use60
Montane species track rising temperatures better in the tropics than in the temperate zone59
Bee phenology is predicted by climatic variation and functional traits58
Quantifying impacts of plastic debris on marine wildlife identifies ecological breakpoints58
Latitudinal gradient in the intensity of biotic interactions in terrestrial ecosystems: Sources of variation and differences from the diversity gradient revealed by meta‐analysis57
Smaller adult fish size in warmer water is not explained by elevated metabolism57
Field‐realistic neonicotinoid exposure has sub‐lethal effects on non‐Apis bees: A meta‐analysis56
Grazing‐induced biodiversity loss impairs grassland ecosystem stability at multiple scales55
Towards revealing the global diversity and community assembly of soil eukaryotes54
Shape matters: the relationship between cell geometry and diversity in phytoplankton53
Temporal changes in spatial variation: partitioning the extinction and colonisation components of beta diversity53
When do Janzen–Connell effects matter? A phylogenetic meta‐analysis of conspecific negative distance and density dependence experiments53
Trade‐off between seed dispersal in space and time52
The relative importance of plasticity versus genetic differentiation in explaining between population differences; a meta‐analysis50
Developmental plasticity in thermal tolerance: Ontogenetic variation, persistence, and future directions49
Insect and plant invasions follow two waves of globalisation49
Soil fungal mycelia have unexpectedly flexible stoichiometric C:N and C:P ratios49
Habitat amount and distribution modify community dynamics under climate change49
Functional traits explain the consistent resistance of biodiversity to plant invasion under nitrogen enrichment48
Mechanisms underlying host persistence following amphibian disease emergence determine appropriate management strategies47
Pesticides do not significantly reduce arthropod pest densities in the presence of natural enemies47
The geography of metapopulation synchrony in dendritic river networks47
Phenological asynchrony: a ticking time‐bomb for seemingly stable populations?47
Using a newly introduced framework to measure ecological stressor interactions47
Landscape‐scale habitat fragmentation is positively related to biodiversity, despite patch‐scale ecosystem decay47
Plant and soil biodiversity have non‐substitutable stabilising effects on biomass production46
Measuring habitat complexity and spatial heterogeneity in ecology46
Climate change transforms the functional identity of Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages46
Historical decrease in agricultural landscape diversity is associated with shifts in bumble bee species occurrence46
Bugs scaring bugs: enemy‐risk effects in biological control systems45
Interaction diversity explains the maintenance of phytochemical diversity45
Directional turnover towards larger‐ranged plants over time and across habitats45
Experimental nitrogen fertilisation globally accelerates, then slows decomposition of leaf litter43
Universal rules of life: metabolic rates, biological times and the equal fitness paradigm43
Microbe‐mediated adaptation in plants42
Structural forecasting of species persistence under changing environments42
Diverging functional strategies but high sensitivity to an extreme drought in tropical dry forests42
Thermal performance under constant temperatures can accurately predict insect development times across naturally variable microclimates41
Fire frequency, state change and hysteresis in tallgrass prairie41
How long do population level field experiments need to be? Utilising data from the 40‐year‐old LTER network40
Drivers of local extinction risk in alpine plants under warming climate40
Tractable models of ecological assembly39
Combining range and phenology shifts offers a winning strategy for boreal Lepidoptera39
A place to land: spatiotemporal drivers of stopover habitat use by migrating birds39
Advancing nature‐based approaches to address the biodiversity and climate emergency38
The allometry of plant height explains species loss under nitrogen addition38
Ecophylogenetics redux38
Why disease ecology needs life‐history theory: a host perspective38
Terrestrial ecosystem restoration increases biodiversity and reduces its variability, but not to reference levels: A global meta‐analysis37
General statistical scaling laws for stability in ecological systems37
Hydraulic prediction of drought‐induced plant dieback and top‐kill depends on leaf habit and growth form36
Leaf trait network architecture shifts with species‐richness and climate across forests at continental scale36
Hot droughts compromise interannual survival across all group sizes in a cooperatively breeding bird36
Multiple spatial behaviours govern social network positions in a wild ungulate36
Understanding the relationship between dispersal and range size35
Persistent soil seed banks promote naturalisation and invasiveness in flowering plants35
Experimental (co)evolution in a multi‐species microbial community results in local maladaptation35
Interactive effects of multiple stressors vary with consumer interactions, stressor dynamics and magnitude35
Assessing the risk of human‐to‐wildlife pathogen transmission for conservation and public health35
Making sense of virus size and the tradeoffs shaping viral fitness35
Predictive models aren't for causal inference35
Decay by ectomycorrhizal fungi couples soil organic matter to nitrogen availability35
Systematic bias in studies of consumer functional responses34
Implications of scale dependence for cross‐study syntheses of biodiversity differences33
On the sensitivity of food webs to multiple stressors33
The deep sea is a hot spot of fish body shape evolution33
A shift from phenol to silica‐based leaf defences during long‐term soil and ecosystem development33
Reconstructing large interaction networks from empirical time series data32
Pesticide resistance in arthropods: Ecology matters too32
Ecological and conceptual consequences of Arctic pollution32
Nonlinear responses of ecosystem carbon fluxes to nitrogen deposition in an old‐growth boreal forest32
Predicting how climate change threatens the prey base of Arctic marine predators31
Flowering synchrony drives reproductive success in a wind‐pollinated tree31
The hidden ageing costs of sperm competition31
Landscape modification and nutrient‐driven instability at a distance31
Impacts of invasive plants on animal behaviour31
Detecting and interpreting higher‐order interactions in ecological communities31
Climate change impacts on seabirds and marine mammals: The importance of study duration, thermal tolerance and generation time31
Global impacts of climate change on avian functional diversity30
Geographic mosaic of selection by avian predators on hindwing warning colour in a polymorphic aposematic moth30
Grassland ecosystem recovery after soil disturbance depends on nutrient supply rate30
Biodiversity and yield trade‐offs for organic farming30
Soil properties as key predictors of global grassland production: Have we overlooked micronutrients?30
Four ways to define the growing season29
The influence of vector‐borne disease on human history: socio‐ecological mechanisms29
Efficient movement strategies mitigate the energetic cost of dispersal29
A plant–pollinator metanetwork along a habitat fragmentation gradient29
A meta‐analysis of global avian survival across species and latitude29
Determinants of community compositional change are equally affected by global change29
Plant community impact on productivity: Trait diversity or key(stone) species effects?29
Was the COVID‐19 pandemic avoidable? A call for a “solution‐oriented” approach in pathogen evolutionary ecology to prevent future outbreaks29
Process‐explicit models reveal pathway to extinction for woolly mammoth using pattern‐oriented validation28
A broadscale analysis of host‐symbiont cophylogeny reveals the drivers of phylogenetic congruence28
Cooperative breeding and the emergence of multilevel societies in birds28
Direct and indirect disturbance impacts in forests28
Bryophyte C:N:P stoichiometry, biogeochemical niches and elementome plasticity driven by environment and coexistence28
Macrogenetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale27
Enhanced light interception and light use efficiency explain overyielding in young tree communities27
A case for associational resistance: Apparent support for the stress gradient hypothesis varies with study system27
The origins of global biodiversity on land, sea and freshwater27
Local canopy disturbance as an explanation for long‐term increases in liana abundance27
An individual‐based model for the eco‐evolutionary emergence of bipartite interaction networks27
Effects of multiple stressors on the dimensionality of ecological stability26
Defining an epidemiological landscape that connects movement ecology to pathogen transmission and pace‐of‐life26
Local stressors mask the effects of warming in freshwater ecosystems26
Global distribution and evolutionary transitions of angiosperm sexual systems26
Towards a more precise – and accurate – view of eco‐evolution26
Rapid adaptive evolution to drought in a subset of plant traits in a large‐scale climate change experiment26
Siderophores drive invasion dynamics in bacterial communities through their dual role as public good versus public bad26
Systematic variation in the temperature dependence of bacterial carbon use efficiency25
Nitrogen enrichment alters multiple dimensions of grassland functional stability via changing compositional stability25
Temporal turnover of the soil microbiome composition is guild‐specific25
Microbiome influence on host community dynamics: Conceptual integration of microbiome feedback with classical host–microbe theory25
Life history mediates the trade‐offs among different components of demographic resilience25
Shifting limitation of primary production: experimental support for a new model in lake ecosystems25
Ecology and evolutionary biology must elevate BIPOC scholars25
Three questions about the eco‐physiology of overwintering underground24
The ecological causes and consequences of hard and soft selection24
Untangling the complexity of priority effects in multispecies communities24
Can I afford to publish? A dilemma for African scholars24
Forest fire induces short‐term shifts in soil food webs with consequences for carbon cycling24
Uncovering patterns of freshwater positive interactions using meta‐analysis: Identifying the roles of common participants, invasive species and environmental context23
No complementarity no gain—Net diversity effects on tree productivity occur once complementarity emerges during early stand development23
Are networks of trophic interactions sufficient for understanding the dynamics of multi‐trophic communities? Analysis of a tri‐trophic insect food‐web time‐series23
Global biogeographic patterns of avian morphological diversity23
Towards robust statistical inference for complex computer models23
Dispersers and environment drive global variation in fruit colour syndromes23
The latitudinal gradient in plant community assembly processes: A meta‐analysis23
Coexistence barriers confine the poleward range of a globally distributed plant23
Species–habitat networks elucidate landscape effects on habitat specialisation of natural enemies and pollinators23
Sampling bias exaggerates a textbook example of a trophic cascade23
Phenotypic plasticity masks range‐wide genetic differentiation for vegetative but not reproductive traits in a short‐lived plant23
Artificial selection of stable rhizosphere microbiota leads to heritable plant phenotype changes23
Stress causes interspecific facilitation within a compost community23
Unveiling ecological assembly rules from commonalities in trait distributions23
Species interactions have predictable impacts on diversification23
Revisiting the growth rate hypothesis: Towards a holistic stoichiometric understanding of growth23
Body size and digestive system shape resource selection by ungulates: A cross‐taxa test of the forage maturation hypothesis22
Biota‐mediated carbon cycling—A synthesis of biotic‐interaction controls on blue carbon22
A general theory of avian migratory connectivity22
Specific sequence of arrival promotes coexistence via spatial niche pre‐emption by the weak competitor22
Climate‐driven, but dynamic and complex? A reconciliation of competing hypotheses for species’ distributions22
Ecological conditions predict the intensity of Hendra virus excretion over space and time from bat reservoir hosts22
Behavioural heat‐stress compensation in a cold‐adapted ungulate: Forage‐mediated responses to warming Alpine summers22
Sex roles in birds: Phylogenetic analyses of the influence of climate, life histories and social environment22
Global plant‐frugivore trait matching is shaped by climate and biogeographic history22
Cascading effects of a disease outbreak in a remote protected area22
Trait dimensions in bacteria and archaea compared to vascular plants22
Climatic and evolutionary contexts are required to infer plant life history strategies from functional traits at a global scale22
Light availability and light demand of plants shape the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in their roots21
How disturbance history alters invasion success: biotic legacies and regime change21
Soil element coupling is driven by ecological context and atomic mass21
Integrating eco‐evolutionary dynamics and modern coexistence theory21
Intensive human land uses negatively affect vertebrate functional diversity21
Acoustic restoration: Using soundscapes to benchmark and fast‐track recovery of ecological communities21
Net plant interactions are highly variable and weakly dependent on climate at the global scale21
Changes in flight period predict trends in abundance of Massachusetts butterflies21
Environmental and anthropogenic constraints on animal space use drive extinction risk worldwide21
Ecology and evolution of cycad‐feeding Lepidoptera21
Meta‐population structure and the evolutionary transition to multicellularity21
The effect of insect food availability on songbird reproductive success and chick body condition: Evidence from a systematic review and meta‐analysis21
A global meta‐analysis reveals higher variation in breeding phenology in urban birds than in their non‐urban neighbours21
Hidden layers of density dependence in consumer feeding rates21
Species richness and food‐web structure jointly drive community biomass and its temporal stability in fish communities20
Is habitat selection in the wild shaped by individual‐level cognitive biases in orientation strategy?20
Top predators as biodiversity indicators: A meta‐analysis20
Intraspecific variation in species interactions promotes the feasibility of mutualistic assemblages20
Soils and topography control natural disturbance rates and thereby forest structure in a lowland tropical landscape20
Humidity – The overlooked variable in the thermal biology of mosquito‐borne disease20
Industrial rearing of edible insects could be a major source of new biological invasions20
Residence time determines invasiveness and performance of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in North America20
High‐level nitrogen additions accelerate soil respiration reduction over time in a boreal forest19
Responses of soil fauna communities to the individual and combined effects of multiple global change factors19
Memory drives the formation of animal home ranges: Evidence from a reintroduction19
Linking changes in species composition and biomass in a globally distributed grassland experiment19
A model for leveraging animal movement to understand spatio‐temporal disease dynamics19
Diversity and extinction risk are inversely related at a global scale19
The effects of urbanization on pollinators and pollination: A meta‐analysis19
Nutrient identity modifies the destabilising effects of eutrophication in grasslands19
Detecting patterns of vertebrate biodiversity across the multidimensional urban landscape19
Phylogenetic and functional clustering illustrate the roles of adaptive radiation and dispersal filtering in jointly shaping late‐Quaternary mammal assemblages on oceanic islands19
Multiple Mutualism Effects generate synergistic selection and strengthen fitness alignment in the interaction between legumes, rhizobia and mycorrhizal fungi19
Globally consistent reef size spectra integrating fishes and invertebrates19
Host traits and environment interact to determine persistence of bat populations impacted by white‐nose syndrome18
Spatiotemporal variation in the role of floral traits in shaping tropical plant‐pollinator interactions18
Climate drivers of adult insect activity are conditioned by life history traits18
Addressing the Eltonian shortfall with trait‐based interaction models18
An evolutionary trade‐off between parasite virulence and dispersal at experimental invasion fronts18
Demographic consequences of foraging ecology explain genetic diversification in Neotropical bird species18
Climate warming can reduce biocontrol efficacy and promote plant invasion due to both genetic and transient metabolomic changes18
The hidden role of multi‐trophic interactions in driving diversity–productivity relationships18
Elemental and biochemical nutrient limitation of zooplankton: A meta‐analysis18
Multiple ecosystem service synergies and landscape mediation of biodiversity within urban agroecosystems18
Evolutionary interactions between thermal ecology and sexual selection18
Global patterns of resilience decline in vertebrate populations18
A robust and readily implementable method for the meta‐analysis of response ratios with and without missing standard deviations17
Technical Comment on Pande et al. (2020): Why invasion analysis is important for understanding coexistence17
The better, the choosier: A meta‐analysis on interindividual variation of male mate choice17
Disentangling key species interactions in diverse and heterogeneous communities: A Bayesian sparse modelling approach17
Forecasting in the face of ecological complexity: Number and strength of species interactions determine forecast skill in ecological communities17
Cooperation increases robustness to ecological disturbance in microbial cross‐feeding networks17
Leaf angle as a leaf and canopy trait: Rejuvenating its role in ecology with new technology17
Phylogenetic reconstruction of ancestral ecological networks through time for pierid butterflies and their host plants17
Nest architecture is linked with ecological success in songbirds17
Microbial respiratory thermal adaptation is regulated by r‐/K‐strategy dominance17
Lack of evidence for the match‐mismatch hypothesis across terrestrial trophic interactions17
Climate change impacts plant carbon balance, increasing mean future carbon use efficiency but decreasing total forest extent at dry range edges17
Combining multiple tactics over time for cost‐effective eradication of invading insect populations16
Phylogenetic congruence between Neotropical primates and plants is driven by frugivory16
Temporal stability vs. community matrix measures of stability and the role of weak interactions16
Disturbance structures canopy and understory productivity along an environmental gradient16
Anthropogenic disturbance favours generalist over specialist parasites in bird communities: Implications for risk of disease emergence16
Meta‐analysis shows the evidence for context‐dependent mating behaviour is inconsistent or weak across animals16
The mycorrhizal tragedy of the commons16