Our mammalian community database contains data for 1000 mammalian communities (sorry, no bat data). For 940 of those communities, we have species-level abundance data (the remaining 60 contain only species lists). For each community, we even have location information (as best as we can determine from the original publication). Go check it out - better yet, go do something cool with it!

Xiao X, White EP, Hooten MB, Durham SL.  2011.  On the use of log-transformation vs. nonlinear regression for analyzing biological power-laws. Ecology. 92:1887-1894.

Xiao Xiao has working extra hard to complete an MS in statistics concurrent with her PhD, and we're excited to report that she has now successfully defended her thesis and just had it accepted for publication in Ecology!

Yesterday, Glenda Yenni successfully defended her M.S. in Statistics! Her thesis was titled: "Resource-driven energy changes in a Desert Rodent Community". In it, Glenda used her M.S. training to examine the Portal rodent data to show how using Bayesian Heirarchal modelling can contribute to our ability to understand complex interactions in ecological systems. Go, Glenda!!!

Stegen JC, Swenson NG, Enquist BJ, White EP, Phillips OL, Jørgensen PM, Weiser MD.  2011.  Variation in above-ground forest biomass across broad climatic gradients. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 20:OnlineEarly.
Locey KJ, White EP.  2011.  Simple structural differences between coding and noncoding DNA. PLoS ONE. 6:e14651.
Smith FA, Boyer AG, Brown JH, Costa D, Dayan T, Ernest SKM, Evans A, Fortelius M, Gittleman J, Hamilton M et al..  2010.  The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals. Science. 330:1216-219.

The extinction of dinosaurs at the Cretaceous/Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary was the seminal event that opened the door for the subsequent diversification of terrestrial mammals. Our compilation of maximum body size at the ordinal level by sub-epoch shows a near-exponential increase after the K/Pg. On each continent, the maximum size of mammals leveled off after 40 million years ago and thereafter remained approximately constant.

Supp SR, White EP.  2010.  Measures of journal quality should separate reviews from original research. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. 3:16-19.
White EP, Ernest SKM, Adler PB, Hurlbert AH, Lyons SK.  2010.  Integrating spatial and temporal approaches to understand biological diversity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365:3633-3643.
Thibault KM, Ernest MSK, Brown JH.  2010.  Redundant or complementary? Impact of a colonizing species on community structure and function Oikos. 119:1719-1726.