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Analysis of how the moon cycle affects foraging and reproduction shows that moonlight impairs performance of the reddest but not the whitest barn owls, whose more reflective plumage might exploit light aversion in prey to improve hunting success under full-moon conditions.

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San-Jose et al. Differential fitness effects of moonlight on plumage colour morphs in barn owls. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 3, 1331-1340 (2019).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.