Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Galianthe (Rubiaceae) is a neotropical genus comprising 50 species divided into two subgenera, Galianthe subgen. Galianthe, with 39 species and Galianthe subgen. Ebelia, with 11 species. The diagnostic features of the genus are: usually erect habit with xylopodium,...

["Conservation Biology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4012
74 downloads
330 views

The advent of next-generation sequencing tools has made it possible to conduct fine-scale surveys of population differentiation and genome-wide scans for signatures of selection in non-model organisms. Such surveys are of particular importance in sharply declining...

["Conservation Biology","Genomics","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4077
79 downloads
625 views

Background Climate change and infectious diseases threaten animal and plant species, even in natural and protected areas. To cope with these changes, species may acclimate, adapt, move or decline. Here, we test for shifts in anuran distributions in the Luquillo...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4059
32 downloads
281 views

The Mexican Garter Snake (Thamnophis eques) is a terrestrial-aquatic generalist that feeds on both aquatic and terrestrial prey. We describe size-related variation and sexual variation in the diet of T. eques through analysis of 262 samples of identifiable stomach...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4036
84 downloads
421 views

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is often advocated as a tool to assist decision-making in conservation investment and research focus. It is frequently suggested that research efforts should prioritize species in higher threat categories and those that are...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4025
34 downloads
273 views

Habitat restoration projects are often conducted when prior use or extraction of natural resources results in land degradation. The success of restoration programmes, however, is variable, and studies that provide evidence of long term outcomes are valuable for...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3942
74 downloads
474 views

There has been very little effort to incorporate foliar microbiomes into plant conservation efforts even though foliar endophytes are critically important to the fitness and function of hosts. Many critically endangered plants that have been extirpated from the...

["Conservation Biology","Microbiology","Mycology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4020
39 downloads
315 views

Anthropogenic water sources (AWS) are developed water sources used as a management tool for desert wildlife species. Studies documenting the effects of AWS are often focused on game species; whereas, the effects on non-target wildlife are less understood. We used...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4003
195 downloads
1,935 views

Due to increasing threats facing bats, long-term monitoring protocols are needed to inform conservation strategies. Effective monitoring should be easily repeatable while capturing spatio-temporal variation. Mobile acoustic driving transect surveys (‘mobile transects’)...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3940
1,100 downloads
796 views

Although the ultimate causes of high bat fatalities at wind farms are not well understood, several lines of evidence suggest that bats are attracted to wind turbines. One hypothesis is that bats would be attracted to turbines as a foraging resource if the insects...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3985
87 downloads
614 views

Background Large carnivores influence ecosystem functions at various scales. Thus, their local extinction is not only a species-specific conservation concern, but also reflects on the overall habitat quality and ecosystem value. Species-habitat relationships at...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3920
99 downloads
617 views

Background With the increase in human population, and the growing realisation of the importance of urban biodiversity for human wellbeing, the ability to predict biodiversity loss or gain as a result of land use change within urban settings is important. Most models...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Biosphere Interactions","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3914
58 downloads
263 views

A matrix population model is a convenient tool for summarizing per capita survival and reproduction rates (collectively vital rates) of a population and can be used for calculating an asymptotic finite population growth rate (λ) and generation time. These two pieces...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Statistics","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3971
65 downloads
331 views

Background Repetitive species-specific sound enables the identification of the presence and behavior of soniferous species by acoustic means. Passive acoustic monitoring has been widely applied to monitor the spatial and temporal occurrence and behavior of calling...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3924
1,042 downloads
1,340 views

The Mediterranean Sea is home to over 2/3 of the world’s charter boat traffic and hosts an estimated 1.5 million recreational boats. Studies elsewhere have demonstrated marinas as important hubs for the stepping-stone transfer of non-indigenous species (NIS), but...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3954

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