Peer-reviewed Articles

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Water-related ecosystem services (WESs) arise from the interaction between water ecosystems and their surrounding terrestrial ecosystems. They are critical for human well-being as well as for the whole ecological circle. An urgent service-oriented reform for the...

["Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5041
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551 views

Anthropogenic (or human-caused) wildfire is an increasingly important driver of ecological change on Pacific islands including southeastern Polynesia, but fire ecology studies are almost completely absent for this region. Where observations do exist, they mostly...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5114
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Aquatic ecosystems serve as a dissemination pathway and a reservoir of both antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistance genes (ARG). In this study, we investigate the role of the bacterial sporobiota to act as a vector for ARG dispersal in aquatic...

["Microbiology","Public Health","Ecotoxicology","Freshwater Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4989
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Frame Lake, located within the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, has been identified as requiring significant remediation due to its steadily declining water quality and inability to support fish by the 1970s. Former gold mining operations and...

["Ecosystem Science","Environmental Contamination and Remediation","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4850
52 downloads
304 views

Observations indicate that temperature and precipitation patterns changed dramatically in Xinjiang, northwestern China, between 1961 and 2015. Dramatic changes in climatic conditions can bring about adverse effects. Specifically, meteorological drought severity...

["Statistics","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4926
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The bio-chemical and physical characteristics of a river are directly affected by water temperature, which thereby affects the overall health of aquatic ecosystems. It is a complex problem to accurately estimate water temperature. Modelling of river water temperature...

["Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4894
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534 views

Law enforcement is widely regarded as a cornerstone to effective natural resource management. Practical guidelines for the optimal use of enforcement measures are lacking particularly in areas protected under sustainable and/or mixed use management regimes and...

["Legal Issues","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4856
75 downloads
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Urban estuarine sediments are sinks to a range of contaminants of anthropogenic origin, and a key challenge is to characterize the risk of these compounds to receiving environments. In this study, the toxicity of urban estuarine sediments was tested using acute...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Ecotoxicology","Aquatic and Marine Chemistry","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4936
49 downloads
379 views

Desert ecosystems are one of the fastest urbanizing areas on the planet. This rapid shift has the potential to alter the abundances and species richness of herbivore and plant communities. Herbivores, for example, are expected to be more abundant within urban desert...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4885
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Southern New England salt marsh vegetation and habitats are changing rapidly in response to sea-level rise. At the same time, fiddler crab (Uca spp.) distributions have expanded and purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum) grazing on creekbank vegetation has increased....

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4876
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Background Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is a promising approach to minimize the conflicts between socio-economic activities and landscape conservation. However, its application on extensive systems of livestock production can be challenging. The main difficulties...

["Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4867
37 downloads
284 views

Biomonitoring is a common method to monitor environmental change in river ecosystems, a key advantage of biomonitoring over snap-shot physicochemical monitoring is that it provides a more stable, long-term insight into change that is also effects-based. In New...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecosystem Science","Freshwater Biology","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4890
47 downloads
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It is generally feasible to classify different species of vegetation based on remotely sensed images, but identification of different sub-species or even cultivars is uncommon. Tea trees (Camellia sinensis L.) have been proven to show great differences in taste...

["Biogeochemistry","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4858
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Background The spruce forests are dominant communities in northwest China, and play a key role in national carbon budgets. However, the patterns of carbon stock distribution and accumulation potential across stand ages are poorly documented. Methods We investigated...

["Ecosystem Science","Environmental Impacts","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4859
63 downloads
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Cycads are an ancient group of gymnosperms that are popular as landscaping plants, though nearly all of them are threatened or endangered in the wild. The cycad aulacaspis scale (CAS), Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), has become one of the...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4832

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