Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background Protected areas, regarded today as a cornerstone of nature conservation, result from an array of multiple motivations and opportunities. We explored at global and regional levels the current distribution of protected areas along biophysical, human, and...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2989
81 downloads
897 views

The Coppermine River in western Nunavut is one of Canada’s great Arctic rivers, yet its vascular plant flora is poorly known. Here, we report the results of a floristic inventory of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity, including Kugluk (Bloody Falls)...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2835
269 downloads
2,751 views

Background The páramo ecosystem, located above the timberline in the tropical Andes, has been the setting for some of the most dramatic plant radiations, and it is one of the world’s fastest evolving and most diverse high-altitude ecosystems. Today 144+ species...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2968
61 downloads
290 views

To assess whether demographic declines of Arctic species at the southern limit of their range will be gradual or punctuated, we compared large-scale environmental patterns including sea ice dynamics to ringed seal (Pusa hispida) reproduction, body condition, recruitment,...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2957
56 downloads
160 views

Background This study investigates orbitally-forced range dynamics at a regional scale by exploring the evolutionary history of Nymania capensis (Meliaceae) across the deeply incised landscapes of the subescarpment coastal lowlands of South Africa; a region that...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2965
63 downloads
223 views

Future demands for increased food production are expected to have severe impacts on prairie biodiversity and ecosystem integrity. Prairie avifauna of North America have experienced drastic population declines, prompting numerous conservation efforts, which have...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2879
62 downloads
211 views

Background Australian scorpions have received far less attention from researchers than their overseas counterparts. Here we provide the first insight into the molecular variation and evolutionary history of the endemic Australian scorpion Urodacus yaschenkoi. Also...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2759
119 downloads
452 views

Species distribution models (SDMs) have become an essential tool in ecology, biogeography, evolution and, more recently, in conservation biology. How to generalize species distributions in large undersampled areas, especially with few samples, is a fundamental...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2849
216 downloads
2,869 views

Background The colubrid snakes of the genus Rhynchocalamus are seldom studied and knowledge of their ecology and life history is scarce. Three species of Rhynchocalamus are currently recognized, R. satunini (from Turkey eastwards to Iran), R. arabicus (Yemen and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2769
76 downloads
282 views

Background The range, population size and trend of large carnivores are important parameters to assess their status globally and to plan conservation strategies. One can use linear models to assess population size and trends of large carnivores from track-based...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2662
112 downloads
358 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
81 downloads
216 views

Collective motion has traditionally been studied in the lab in homogeneous, obstacle-free environments, with little work having been conducted with changing landscapes or topography. Here, the impact of spatial heterogeneity on the collective motion exhibited by...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2742
195 downloads
648 views

Background Cloud forests, characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover and fragmented distribution, are one of the most threatened habitats, especially in the Neotropics. Tree ferns are among the most conspicuous elements in these forests,...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2696
392 downloads
3,572 views

We describe three new species of minute salamanders, genus Thorius, from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. Until now only a single species, T. minutissimus, has been reported from this region, although molecular data have long shown extensive genetic...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2694
214 downloads
1,102 views

Hyaenodonta is a diverse, extinct group of carnivorous mammals that included weasel- to rhinoceros-sized species. The oldest-known hyaenodont fossils are from the middle Paleocene of North Africa and the antiquity of the group in Afro-Arabia led to the hypothesis...

["Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2639

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