EDITOR'S CHOICE IN ECOLOGY
P.D. McLoughlin et al., “Density-dependent resource selection by a terrestrial herbivore in response to sea-to-land nutrient transfer by seals,” Ecology, doi:10.1002/ecy.1451, 2016.
Working on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, population ecologist Philip McLoughlin noticed that many of the local feral horses visited a small spit of land on the island’s west coast to eat marram grass and other vegetation. But flicking back through photos of the area, the University of Saskatchewan researcher found that 50 years ago, the spit had been just a strip of sand. “Something had happened since the 1960s to make this an important area for the horses,” he says.
One thing the team knew had changed was the number of pupping...