Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Network analysis has become a relevant approach to analyze cascading species extinctions resulting from perturbations on mutualistic interactions as a result of environmental change. In this context, it is essential to be able to point out key species,...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3321
96 downloads
1,138 views

Climate change is a global issue with effects that are difficult to manage at a regional scale. Yet more often than not climate factors are just some of multiple stressors affecting species on a population level. Non-climatic factors—especially those of anthropogenic...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3272
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Background Invasive species are among the most significant threats to biodiversity. The diet of invasive animal populations is a crucial factor that must be considered in the context of biological invasions. A broad dietary spectrum is a frequently cited characteristic...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3250
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Sediment community oxygen consumption (SCOC) is a proxy for organic matter processing and thus provides a useful proxy of benthic ecosystem function. Oxygen uptake in deep-sea sediments is mainly driven by bacteria, and the direct contribution of benthic macro-...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3309
32 downloads
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Floating leaf blades of waterlilies fulfill several functions in wetland ecosystems by production, decomposition and turnover as well as exchange processes. Production and turnover rates of floating leaf blades of three waterlily species, Nuphar lutea (L.) Sm.,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3212
69 downloads
343 views

Dam removal is an increasingly popular restoration tool, but our understanding of ecological responses to dam removal over time is still in the early stages. We quantified seasonal benthic macroinvertebrate density, taxonomic composition, and functional traits...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3189
348 downloads
1,786 views

Environmental niche modeling (ENM) is commonly used to develop probabilistic maps of species distribution. Among available ENM techniques, MaxEnt has become one of the most popular tools for modeling species distribution, with hundreds of peer-reviewed articles...

["Biogeography","Computational Biology","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3093
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Background In arid systems with no surface water, deep boreholes in ephemeral river beds provide for humans and animals. With continually increasing infrastructure development for tourism in arid wildlife parks such as the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in southern...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2923
232 downloads
551 views

Background Fungal endophytes are highly diverse ubiquitous asymptomatic microorganisms, some of which appear to be symbiotic. Depending on abiotic conditions and genotype of the plant, the diversity of endophytes may confer fitness benefits to plant communities....

["Agricultural Science","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2860
157 downloads
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A freshwater “mussel mortality threshold” was explored as a function of porewater ammonium (NH4+) concentration, mussel biomass, and total nitrogen (N) utilizing a numerical model calibrated with data from mesocosms with and without mussels. A mortality threshold...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2838
2 citations
143 downloads
571 views

The source, characteristics and transport of viable microbial aerosols in urban centers are topics of significant environmental and public health concern. Recent studies have identified adjacent waterways, and especially polluted waterways, as an important source...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2827
352 downloads
1,157 views

The science of ecosystem service (ES) mapping has become increasingly sophisticated over the past 20 years, and examples of successfully integrating ES into management decisions at national and sub-national scales have begun to emerge. However, increasing model...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2814
1 citation
207 downloads
1,592 views

Background Functional traits are the primary biotic component driving organism influence on ecosystem functions; in consequence, traits are widely used in ecological research. However, most animal trait-based studies use easy-to-measure characteristics of species...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2779
104 downloads
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Simultaneous measurements of changes in phytoplankton biomass and the metal and phosphorus (P) content of cells have been captured to attest to metal to P stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton. Three Scottish lakes that had received high, medium or low metal...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2749
137 downloads
434 views

Background Primary biodiversity records (PBR) are essential in many areas of scientific research as they document the biodiversity through time and space. However, concerns about PBR quality and fitness-for-use have grown, especially as derived from taxonomical,...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecosystem Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2743

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