Microorganisms that reside on and in mammals, such as bats, have the potential to influence their host’s health and to provide potential defenses against invading pathogens. However, we have little to no understanding of the external bacterial microbiome on bats,...

["Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2493v1

Aggressive interactions among closely related species are common. These can play an important role as a selective pressure shaping species, traits and assemblages. The nature of this selective pressure depends on whether the outcomes of aggressive contests are...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2488v1

The dogwhelk Nucella lapillus is a rocky intertidal gastropod of the North Atlantic coast. Individual shell color varies. Common colors range between white and brown, with darker dogwhelks being more affected by heat stress than lighter-colored conspecifics. Other...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2486v1
34 downloads
140 views

Indirect ecological effects are a common feature of ecological systems, arising when one species affects interactions among two or more other species. We examined how browsing by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) indirectly affected the abundance and composition...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2538
10 downloads
82 views

Compared to tropical corals, much less is known about deep-sea coral biology and ecology. Although the microbial communities of some deep-sea corals have been described, this is the first study to characterize the bacterial community associated with the deep-sea...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2529
8 downloads
85 views

Natural environments are increasingly exposed to high levels of noise pollution. Noise pollution can alter the behavior of animals but we know little about its effects on antipredator behavior. We therefore investigated the impact of noise pollution on vigilance...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2525
27 downloads
167 views

Since the listing of Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis under the US Endangered Species Act in 2006, increasing investments have been made in propagation of listed corals (primarily A. cervicornis, A. palmata to a much lesser extent) in offshore coral nurseries...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2523
6 downloads
63 views

Identification and classification of behavior states in animal movement data can be complex, temporally biased, time-intensive, scale-dependent, and unstandardized across studies and taxa. Large movement datasets are increasingly common and there is a need for...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2480v1
6 downloads
46 views

Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2481v1
53 downloads
304 views

Many migratory bird species show high levels of site fidelity to their wintering sites, which confers advantages due to prior knowledge, but may also limit the ability of the individual to move away from degrading sites or to detect alternative foraging opportunities....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2517
1 citation
35 downloads
205 views

Dense Acropora cervicornis aggregations, or patches, have been documented within nearshore habitats in Southeast Florida (SE FL) despite close proximity to numerous anthropogenic stressors and subjection to frequent natural disturbance events. Limited information...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2473
53 downloads
130 views

Most ocean acidification (OA) experimental systems rely on pH as an indirect way to control CO2. However, accurate pH measurements are difficult to obtain and shifts in temperature and/or salinity alter the relationship between pH and pCO2. Here we describe a system...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2503
54 downloads
654 views

Background Relationships between floral biology and pollinator behavior are important to understanding species diversity of hemiparasitic Psittacanthus mistletoes (c. 120 species). We aimed to investigate trait divergence linked to pollinator attraction and reproductive...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2491
29 downloads
125 views

Background Poa pratensis is one of the most common species of meadow grass in Europe. Most cultivars of the species found in Poland were originally derived from its ecotypes. We compared the effectiveness of the RAPD and ISSR methods in assessing the genetic diversity...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2489
30 downloads
283 views

To microbiologists, the term macroecology may conjure iconic images of wildebeests grazing in African savannahs or hummingbirds pollinating flowers in a tropical rain forest. Contrary to what the name implies, macroecology is not the ecological study of macroscopic...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2478v1

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