One another masting story that I co-authored was just published, this time in Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution.
In the paper, we show that the widely accepted notion that weather variation alone could not explain masting is based on an assumption that the relationship between weather and seeding must be linear. Generally, the weather was considered unlikely driver, because variation in e.g. rain or temperature is much smaller than in seed production. Yet, we show that in case of non-linear relationship the Jensen’s inequality ‘produces’ the large variation in seeding, even though the variability of weather is not so strong.
As Marcos (first author of the paper) likes to say: “Long life to masting!!!!” 🙂