About Behavioral Ecology

Bringing together significant work on all aspects of the subject, Behavioral Ecology is broad-based and covers both empirical and theoretical approaches. Studies on the whole range of organisms, including plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans, are included.

Behavioral Ecology construes the discipline in its broadest sense to include

  1. The use of ecological and evolutionary processes to explain the occurrence and adaptive significance of behavior patterns and life history strategies; 
  2. The use of behavioral processes to predict ecological patterns, and
  3. Comparative analyses relating behavior to the environment in which it occurs or investigating the pattern of evolution.
  4. The mechanisms underpinning costs and benefits of variable behavioural or life history strategies. 

Behavioral Ecology is the official journal of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. All individuals and student subscribers to Behavioral Ecology automatically become members of the Society. For more information see the subscription information.

Read more about the journal on the Oxford University Press site including impact factor, ranking & abstracting & indexing services.

Behavioral Ecology is published bimonthly. 

Recent media attention for articles appearing in Behavioral Ecology

Martin Stevens, Chloe J. Hardman and Claire L. Stubbins. 
Conspicuousness, not eye mimicry, makes "eyespots" effective antipredator signals. Behav. Ecol. 2008 19(3): 525-531.

ScienceTicker (Feb 21, 2008) [ online or pdf - In German ] 
Telegraph.co.uk (Feb 21, 2008) [ pdf ] 
National Geographic News (Feb 22, 2008) [ online or pdf ] 
ScienceDaily (Feb 28, 2008) [ online or pdf ] 
New Scientist (Mar 8, 2008) [ online or pdf ] 

Katherine L. Barry, Gregory I. Holwell, and Marie E. Herberstein. 
Female praying mantids use sexual cannibalism as a foraging strategy to increase fecundity. Behav. Ecol. 2008; 19: 710 - 715.

Sydney Morning Herald (Mar 24, 2008) [ pdf ]
Brisbane Times (Mar 24, 2008) [ pdf ]

Reports From The Editor-In-Chief,
Behavioral Ecology


Following the Society's biennial meetings, it has become a tradition that the Editor-in-Chief (or previously the most senior editor) prepares a report on the state of our journal Behavioral Ecology.

This report is published in the fall edition of the Newsletter following the meeting. Typically, these reports highlight current trends in the journal, as well as future directions the journal will take. In recent years, with the institution of a formal Editor-in-Chief (EIC) position, the full report is prepared by the outgoing EIC as the final act of office, and the newly appointed incoming EIC prepares a short piece that details the plans to be instituted in the next two year period. 

These reports can be found in the Society's newsletter, and the reports from 2000-2006 are also listed below.

2006 Reports from the Editors-in-Chief PDF
2004 Reports from the Editors-in-Chief PDF
2002 Reports from the Editors-in-Chief PDF
2000 Reports from the Editors-in-Chief PDF

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