Our newest paper just became available in one of my favorite journals, The American Naturalist. Using data from over 1,000 oaks across California, we investigated the predictions of the Terminal Investment Hypothesis, which suggests that organisms should invest disproportionally into reproduction preceding their death. Using annual acorn counts and growth rates of trees, we found no changes in the absolute or relative investments in seed production in California oaks over the last 6 years before their natural death. This is the first study to address this important life-history strategy in long-lived plants.
Read it here: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/691161