Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)

60 seconds paper club

Once a month, our working group presents interesting papers in 60 seconds in our lab group seminar. As we identified many interesting papers during this 60 seconds presentations the list of all papers is given below.
To make it even more exiting, we decided that people who exceeded the 60 seconds have to provide a cake and/or supply some drinks in the next seminar.
After presentation of papers, we vote for the paper that will be discussed in the next paper club.


60 seconds paper presentations

2020-06-25 (46 seconds paper club!)

NamePaper titleTimeConsequence
FelixIdentifying the tree species compositions that maximize ecosystem functioning in European forestsX 
YuanyuanBumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce42 
AnaThe maleness of larger angiosperm flowers54 
LiseInvasive earthworms unlock arctic plant nitrogen limitation48 
JesForecasting fine‐scale changes in the food‐web structure of coastal marine communities under climate change41 
RémyDoes Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results From the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial 63picture while doing science
JohannesBumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce40 
MaikeAnalyses of soil microbial community compositions and functional genes reveal potential consequences of natural forest succession51 
CarlosDesertifying deserts 49 
AnnetteDivergence of reproductive phenology under climate warming72picture while doing science
GuillaumeEpigenetic inheritance and plant evolution58 
MaltePlant diversity effects on forage quality, yield and revenues of semi-natural grasslands45 
AnneSimilar spatial patterns of soil quality indicators in three poplar-based silvo-arable alley cropping systems in Germany83picture while doing science
OlgaCollapse of trophic-niche structure in belowground communities under anthropogenic disturbance52 
YimingA meta-analysis of mycorrhizal responses to nitrogen, phosphorus, and atmospheric CO2 in field studies37 
Anja SDon’t let spurious accusations of pseudoreplication limit our ability to learn from natural experiments (and other messy kinds of ecological monitoring)50 
HelenTeaching R in the undergraduate ecology classroom: approaches, lessons learned, and recommendations (I put in the main chat, but got lost obviously)60picture while doing science
Carlano paperXpicture while doing science
NicoMeta-analysis of the impacts of global change factors on soil microbial diversity and functionality48 
SimoneVariation in the methods leads to variation in the interpretation of biodiversity-ecosystem multifunctionality relationships 55 


This time we selected paper that we want to nominate for the Mercer Award 2019.

The Mercer Award is given by ESA “for an outstanding ecological research paper published by a younger researcher (the lead author must be 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication). If the award is given for a paper with multiple authors, all authors will receive a plaque, and those 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication will share the monetary prize. Nomination letters should include the birth date(s) of the eligible author(s) and explain the novelty and importance of the paper. The paper must have been published in 2018 or 2019 to be eligible for this year’s award.”  Nominees can come from any country and they need not be a member of ESA. 

We will discuss which of the four ***highlighted paper will be nominated by use November 7.

NamePaper titleVoteto discuss
Jes 5***
FelixMore is less: net gain in species richness, but biotic homogenization over 140 years4***
GuillaumeStructure and function of the global topsoil microbiome1 
HelenLimited evidence for spatial resource partitioning across temperate grassland biodiversity experiments6***
SimoneA niche for ecosystem multifunctionality in global change research  
LeaGenotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study  
NicoEnergy Flux: The Link between Multitrophic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning6***
Georg 0 
MalteConsistent temperature dependence of functional response parameters and their use in predicting population abundance3 



CarlosFAILURE - no paper presented0drinks
JuliaSummer drought effects on soil bacterial and fungal networks596
GuillaumeMyc fungi-plant interactions and the parasitism-mutualism continuum482
JesNonlinear effects of phenological shifts link interannual variation to species interactions477winner paper
FelixDiversity and forest productivity in a changing climate620
LéaTschernobyl effects on litter decomposition432
OlgaFAILURE - no paper presented0
DarrenFunctional diversity of predators and pest species control712
NicoEcosystem services790food
HelenMap of primary forests and predictive models521



LéaThe community and ecosystem consequences of intraspecific diversity: a meta-analysis
OlgaApplying generalised allometric regressions to predict live body mass of  tropical and temperate arthropods
Rémy Soil viruses are underexplored players in ecosystem carbon processing
DarrenSpecies-habitat networks: Bridging applied ecology and network theory


SimoneGenotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study672
DarrenWhen things don’t add up: quantifying impacts of multiple stressors from individual metabolism to ecosystem processing743
Manuela1:  Biodiversity of Collembola and their functional role in the ecosystem
2: The Role of Microarthropods in Decomposition and Mineralization Processes
1650food and drinks
JesPredators in the plant–soil feedback loop: aboveground plant-associated predators may alter the outcome of plant–soil interactions594
HelenPart 1: Biostratigraphic Evidence Relating to the Age‐Old Question of Hannibal's Invasion of Italy, I: History and Geological Reconstruction
Part 2: Biostratigraphic Evidence Relating to the Age‐Old Question of Hannibal's Invasion of Italy, II: Chemical Biomarkers and Microbial Signatures
685winner paper
JuliaTelling the story of climate change: Geologic imagination, praxis, and policy672
Manfred280-m.y.-old fossil starch reveals early plant–animal mutualism701
LisePredicting the structure of soil communities from plant community taxonomy, phylogeny, and traits962food and drinks
OlgaTemperature mediates continental-scale diversity of microbes in forest soils620
FelixDo temperate tree species diversity and identity influence soil microbial community function and composition?630
NicoA global synthesis of phenological responses to climate change744
AndrewWalk, swim or fly? Locomotor mode predicts genetic differentiation in vertebrates601


Anja VogelMicroplastics as an emerging threat to terrestrial ecosystems406Drink/food supplier
AnnaFlowering phenology shifts in response to biodiversity loss550
FelixBiodiversity and ecosystem stability across scales in metacommunities745
JuliaBenefits of increasing plant diversity in sustainable agroecosystems451
ManfredVanishing of the common species: Empty habitats and the role of genetic diversity707Winning paper
DarrenThe contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being584
AndrewLandscape configurational heterogeneity by small-scale agriculture, not crop diversity, maintains pollinators and plant reproduction in western Europe701
HelenPeer reviewed comic strip: Managing marine socio-ecological systems: picturing the future672
SophieComposition and activity of soil microbial communities in different types of temperate forests771
LéaPermafrost Stores a Globally Significant Amount of Mercury552
CarlosClimate, ecosystems, and planetary futures: The challenge to predict life in Earth system models600
TillMicrobial biomass and activity in litter during the initial development of pure and mixed plantations of Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mangium910Drink/food supplier
OlgaThe impact of failure: unsuccessful bacterial invasions steer the soil microbial community away from the invader’s niche660
NicoDetecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils892
SimoneFluctuating interaction network and time-varying stability of a natural fish community852


GuillaumeClark & Tilman Food choices & global change410
AndrewWang & Brose Vertical diversity hypothesis903Drink/Food supplier
ManfredCrazy shit603
LéaContamination heavy metals in soils, earthworms362Drink/Food supplier
HelenEcological drivers of soil microbial diversity and soil biological networks in the Southern Hemisphere622
SophieCardinale diversity decline633
TillTree functional diversity influences belowground ecosystem functioning451
AlbanCalls in animals - body size621
CarlosSoil modeling in IPCC - challenges of B470
FelixCounting the books while the library burns: why conservation monitoring programs need a plan for action616Winning Paper
NicoBEF China581


Léa100 papers every ecologist should read304 drink/food supplier
MarcelRussian J. of Entomology- structural and functional diversity of nematodes360
LisePlant community palatability in respones to elevation and herbivores301 drink/food supplier
ManuelaHow invasive tree affects soil invertebrates 300drink/food supplier
SophieDo temperate tree species affect microbial activity201
TillPlant species richness negatively affects root decomposition in grasslands415
OlgaBEF relations in European forests depend on environmental context692
JesSingle and double blind peer review463
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