Ideas in Ecology and Evolution <p>Ideas in Ecology and Evolution is a peer-reviewed, open-access, non-profit, electronic journal published at Queen's University.</p> <p>IEE publishes forum-style articles that develop <strong>New ideas</strong> or that involve original <strong>Commentaries</strong> on any topics within the broad domains of fundamental or applied ecology or evolution. They may encompass any level of biological organization, and involve any taxa, including humans. Articles may concern focussed subject matter within a particular sub-discipline of ecology or evolution, or they may be broader in scope, including articles that aim to inform fields of study outside of biology. The Table of Contents for the current issue is populated in succession, with each article added as soon as it is accepted for publication.</p> <p>Creativity and controversy are the catalysts of scientific enquiry and discovery. The central mission of this journal is to provide a rapidly published repository for novel thinking and opinion-pieces — to serve effectively as a 'catalogue' for modelers and empiricists, as well as for educators and the media, from which they can 'shop' for original ideas and hypotheses that have been subjected to critical peer review (including with published commentary response from professional biologists), and that are available then to be explored, debated and tested by researchers. &nbsp;As a reliable source of inspiration, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution aims to play an important role in guiding the direction and progress of both future research and public awareness in ecology and evolution.</p> <p>IEE also publishes <strong>Editorials, Book Reviews</strong> and two feature sections:&nbsp;<strong>Future of Publishing</strong> focusses specifically on commentary and analyses that provide insights into the process of scholarly communication in ecology and evolution, including with inspiration for other fields of study. 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Website: en-US Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 1918-3178 <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p> <ul> <li>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a title="Creative Commons Attribution License" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;">Creative Commons Attribution License</span></a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a title="The Effect of Open Access" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;">The Effect of Open Access</span></a>).</li> </ul> Evolution of the seed habit: Is niche construction a missing component? <p>Evolution of land plants is one of the major transitions in the history of life on Earth. In this process, evolution of seeds constitutes one of the key events, liberating plants from dependence of free external water for fertilization, thus promoting colonization of dry environments and the build-up of terrestrial ecosystems. Previous explanations of evolution of seeds from heterosporous predecessors have been based on a framework of kin and sexual selection theory. Here I suggest that that niche construction is a missing component in these explanations. During colonization of increasingly drier habitats, the heterosporous life cycle was subjected to strong gradients in water availability. The ancestral condition of separate niches of the sporophyte and female gametophyte generations changed into a situation where the sporophyte generation provided the only means by which female gametophytes could develop, in effect ‘constructing’ the recruitment niche for the female gametophyte, attached to the sporophyte. Selection favored modifications in the developmental program, altering the relative timing of fertilization and dispersal. Kin and sexual selection processes could then play out in the context of a plant life cycle where fertilization preceded dispersal, eventually forming the seed habit. Niche construction by the sporophyte removed the ecological independence of the two generations; the sporophyte provided the female gametophyte with a recruitment niche, transforming the biphasic life cycle into a unitary life cycle, and enabled an expansion of the ecological niche zone for land plants, eventually leading to a vegetation covering most parts of the land mass.</p> Ove Eriksson ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-04-03 2018-04-03 11 Bridging valleys: Expanding the adaptive landscape concept beyond theoretical space <p>Adaptive landscapes embody a concept that has provided valuable services to evolutionary biology over the last 80 years. Its heuristic power derives from its capacity to portray fitness functions in planar representations where environmental conditions are presumed to be static. In an effort to incorporate environmental change into this powerful theoretical tool, we propose an expanded, three-dimensional eco-phenotypic landscape which relates to physical ecological space. This is expected to enhance the ecological applications of the adaptive landscape by providing practical insight into various evolutionary principles including adaptive divergence, gene flow, and sympatric speciation.</p> Constantinos Yanniris Victor M. Frankel ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-05-02 2018-05-02 11