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New Content ItemApplications of Environmental DNA and RNA in Ecology

Guest Edited by Luke Jacobus, Cyprian Katongo and Luisa Orsini.

New Content ItemBiodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

Guest Edited by Luisa Orsini, Gary Bucciarelli and Luke Jacobus.

BMC Ecology and Evolution blogs

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Palaeontology in a pandemic

Jordon Mallon tells us how a team of trans-Pacific palaeontologists came together during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely work on describing exciting new Hadrosauroid dinosaur eggs and embryos from China.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper - How standing genetic diversity influences species responses to environmental change 

Understanding how species respond to climate change is critical for their conservation. Buckley and colleagues use genomic and environmental data of two threatened freshwater fishes to show how complex intraspecific patterns of genetic diversity might shape species responses.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: From pocket lizards to mighty dragons - evolution of growth patterns in monitor lizards

Monitor lizards vary greatly in size and habitat preferences, both among species and between babies and adults of the same species. Pavón-Vázquez and colleagues use this diversity to study how size-imposed constraints and ecological features influence the evolution of growth patterns.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Airborne DNA plant community monitoring

In the face of global change, monitoring changes in biodiversity is essential. Johnson and colleagues explore the use of airborne environmental DNA to monitor whole plant communities.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Environmental DNA as a tool to monitor shark and ray species

Ip and colleagues explore the use of environmental DNA to detect threatened and elusive shark and ray species in sedimented urban reef environments.


  1. Authors: Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

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BMC Ecology and Evolution, formerly known as BMC Evolutionary Biology, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal interested in all aspects of ecological and evolutionary biology. The journal considers articles on a broad range of topics, including population genetics, conservation genetics, phylogenetics, behavioural ecology, population ecology, macroecology, palaeontology, biodiversity (e.g. environmental DNA approaches), theoretical research (e.g. terraforming) and ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.

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We are delighted to announce our second BMC Ecology and Evolution annual image competition! Submit your images for a chance to highlight your research, win prizes, and have your visual stories featured in the journal. Anyone affiliated with a research institution is eligible to enter.

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High-resolution imaging and genomic technologies are changing the way we view the environment, cells, chromosomes and molecules. Here we share recent highlights from the BMC Series journals.

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