Cover ImageCover: A male red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perches in a Canadian marsh. Like many habitats, marshes face increasing pollution by anthropogenic noise from traffic, industry and urban centres. Noise pollution masks the birds' acoustic signals, which are crucial for defending territories and attracting mates. If the birds are unable to adapt, they may be extirpated from affected areas. A new study by Hanna et al. (pp. 3549−3556) shows that red-winged blackbirds alter the structure of their songs in response to traffic noise, a strategy that may enhance communication in a noisy environment. Photo credit: Brendan Graham.Close Modal
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The venous system of seals, with new ideas on the significance of the extradural intravertebral vein
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SAPling: a Scan-Add-Print barcoding database system to label and track asexual organisms
Spectral sensitivity of the principal eyes of sunburst diving beetle, Thermonectus marmoratus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), larvae
Phototransduction and clock gene expression in the troglobiont beetle Ptomaphagus hirtus of Mammoth cave
Variation in expression of calcium-handling proteins is associated with inter-individual differences in mechanical performance of rat (Rattus norvegicus) skeletal muscle
Anthropogenic noise affects song structure in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus)
A nose-to-nose comparison of the physiological and molecular responses of rainbow trout to high environmental ammonia in seawater versus freshwater
First evidence for zooplankton feeding sustaining key physiological processes in a scleractinian cold-water coral
Effects of early-stage aging on locomotor dynamics and hindlimb muscle force production in the rat
Sound-induced tympanal membrane motion in bushcrickets and its relationship to sensory output
Low metabolism in a tropical bat from lowland Panama measured using heart rate telemetry: an unexpected life in the slow lane
Sound production in red-bellied piranhas (Pygocentrus nattereri, Kner): an acoustical, behavioural and morphofunctional study
Vocal control by the common marmoset in the presence of interfering noise
Identification and functional characterization of an ovarian aquaporin from the cockroach Blattella germanica L. (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae)
Thermal adaptation in the intertidal snail Echinolittorina malaccana contradicts current theory by revealing the crucial roles of resting metabolism
Flicker-induced eye movements and the behavioural temporal cut-off frequency in a nocturnal spider
Spring phenology does not affect timing of reproduction in the great tit (Parus major)
Increased plant volatile production affects oviposition, but not larval development, in the moth Helicoverpa armigera
From population-level effects to individual response: modelling temperature dependence in Gammarus pulex
An evaluation of muscle maintenance costs during fiber hypertrophy in the lobster Homarus americanus: are larger muscle fibers cheaper to maintain?
The chemical basis of host nest detection and chemical integration in a cuckoo paper wasp
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, JEB has launched two new grants to support junior faculty staff working in animal comparative physiology and biomechanics who are within five years of setting up their first lab/research group. Check out our ECR Visiting Fellowships and Research Partnership Kickstart Travel Grants. First deadline for applications is 15 July 2023.
JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Sanjay Sane
Sanjay Sane tells us about his first experience of publishing with the journal and why he thinks JEB is going to play a key role in our understanding of the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity.
The Forest of Biologists
The Forest of Biologists is a biodiversity initiative created by The Company of Biologists, with support from the Woodland Trust. For every Research and Review article published in Journal of Experimental Biology a native tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition to this we are protecting and restoring ancient woodland and are dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. Visit our virtual forest to learn more.
Celebrating 100 years of discovery
This Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, this series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today’s research, and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.
Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues Review the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
Lack of oxygen curtails vision in red-eared sliders
When red-eared sliders sink to the bottom of a frozen pond for winter they reduce many biological systems to minimum life support, but now Michael Ariel and colleagues show that the reptiles temporarily lose their sight due to lack of oxygen but retain hearing.