Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Shade tolerance, the minimum light requirement for plant survival, is a key trait for understanding community assembly and forest dynamics. However, it is poorly defined for tree species to date. Current methods of measuring shade tolerance vary considerably in...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5736
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Acquiring data on the occurrences of many types of difficult to identify objects are often still made by human observation, for example, in biodiversity and paleontologic research. Existing computer counting programs used to record such data have various limitations,...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5453
1 citation
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The prevalence of artificial light at night (ALAN) is increasing rapidly around the world. The potential physiological costs of this night lighting are often evident in life history shifts. We investigated the effects of chronic night-time exposure to ecologically...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5599
61 downloads
535 views

Background Biogeographers assess how species distributions and abundances affect the structure, function, and composition of ecosystems. Yet we face a major challenge: it is difficult to precisely map species across landscapes. Novel Earth observations could overcome...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Data Mining and Machine Learning","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5666
78 downloads
314 views

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) has been designated an Ecologically Significant Species in Atlantic Canada. The development and rapid expansion of netpen finfish aquaculture into sensitive coastal habitats has raised concerns about the impacts of finfish aquaculture...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5630
86 downloads
361 views

Background Mangroves are important coastal ecosystems known for high photosynthetic productivity and the ability to support marine food chains through supply of dissolved carbon or particular organic matter. Most of the carbon found in mangroves is produced by...

["Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5710
777 downloads
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The unparalleled biodiversity found in the American tropics (the Neotropics) has attracted the attention of naturalists for centuries. Despite major advances in recent years in our understanding of the origin and diversification of many Neotropical taxa and biotic...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5644
1 citation
92 downloads
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Amphibian invasions have considerable detrimental impacts on recipient ecosystems. However, reliable risk analysis of invasive amphibians still requires research on more non-native amphibian species. An invasive population of the Indian bullfrog, Hoplobatrachus...

["Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5698
271 downloads
894 views

Background Maintaining and restoring connectivity between source populations is essential for the long term viability of wide-ranging species, many of which occur in landscapes that are under pressure to meet increasing infrastructure needs. Identifying barriers...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Science Policy","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5587
101 downloads
582 views

Background Insects are the most diverse group of animals which have established intricate evolutionary interactions with bacteria. However, the importance of these interactions is still poorly understood. Few studies have focused on a closely related group of insect...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5502
62 downloads
274 views

Animal societies vary widely in the diversity of social behaviour and the distribution of reproductive shares among their group members. It has been shown that individual condition can lead to divergent social roles and that social specialisation can cause an exacerbation...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Mathematical Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5488
56 downloads
313 views

The salt marsh periwinkle, Littorina irrorata, exhibits a spatial refuge from predation by climbing the stems of Spartina alterniflora in order to avoid benthic predators. Salt marsh periwinkles have a broad geographic distribution, and for many species, responses...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5744
140 downloads
702 views

Secondary contact is the reestablishment of gene flow between sister populations that have diverged. For instance, at the end of the Quaternary glaciations in Europe, secondary contact occurred during the northward expansion of the populations which had found refugia...

["Computational Biology","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5325
95 downloads
725 views

We use a novel individual-based model (IBM) to simulate larval dispersal around the island of Moloka‘i in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Our model uses ocean current output from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model (MITgcm) as well as...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5688
117 downloads
544 views

Background Variability in the ecological impacts of invasive species across their geographical ranges may decrease the accuracy of risk assessments. Comparative functional response analysis can be used to estimate invasive consumer-resource dynamics, explain impact...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5634

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