Peer-reviewed Articles

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Coral reefs are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, with global and local stressors contributing to their decline. Excessive sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) can cause coral bleaching, resulting in coral death and decreases in coral cover. A SST threshold...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4382
32 downloads
558 views

The fishery for octopus in Northwest Mexico has increased to over 2,000 tons annually, but to date the specific composition of the catch has been ignored. With at least three main species targeted by artisanal fisheries in the region with distinct life histories,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4295
30 downloads
259 views

Elucidating the genetic basis of fitness-related traits is a major goal of molecular ecology. Traits subject to sexual selection are particularly interesting, as non-random mate choice should deplete genetic variation and thereby their evolutionary benefits. We...

["Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4364
139 downloads
341 views

Small-scale artisanal fisheries can have a significant negative impact in cetacean populations. Cetacean bycatch has been documented in the pole-and-line tuna fishery in the Azores with common dolphins being the species more frequently taken. Based on data collected...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4285
217 downloads
895 views

Interest in the ecology of sponges on coral reefs has grown in recent years with mounting evidence that sponges are becoming dominant members of reef communities, particularly in the Caribbean. New estimates of water column processing by sponge pumping activities...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4343
73 downloads
439 views

Migratory birds often follow detours when confronted with ecological barriers, and understanding the extent and the underlying drivers of such detours can provide important insights into the associated cost to the annual energy budget and the migration strategies....

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4304
47 downloads
357 views

Background Lowland areas in tropical East and Southeast Asia have a long history of conversion from forestland to agricultural land, with many remaining forests being chronically degraded by wood cutting, livestock grazing, and burning. Wetland-breeding amphibians...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4220
32 downloads
193 views

Background The Hungarian draft is a horse breed with a recent mixed ancestry created in the 1920s by crossing local mares with draught horses imported from France and Belgium. The interest in its conservation and characterization has increased over the last few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4198
67 downloads
631 views

Background Assessing outcomes of habitat management is critical for informing and adapting conservation plans. From 2013–2019, a multi-stage management initiative, led by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), aims to create >25,000 ha of shrubland and early-successional...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4319
117 downloads
714 views

Background Sound decisions on control actions for established invasive alien species (IAS) require information on ecological as well as socio-economic impact of the species and of its management. Cost-benefit analysis provides part of this information, yet has...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4283
458 downloads
688 views

Emerging technologies have led to an increase in species observations being recorded via digital images. Such visual records are easily shared, and are often uploaded to online communities when help is required to identify or validate species. Although this is...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4157
121 downloads
625 views

Coral reefs are important habitats that represent global marine biodiversity hotspots and provide important benefits to people in many tropical regions. However, coral reefs are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4308
460 downloads
4,278 views

Background Interspecific competition affects species fitness, community assemblages and structure, and the geographic distributions of species. Established dominance hierarchies among species mitigate the need for fighting and contribute to the realized niche for...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4293
188 downloads
1,336 views

Background Few studies have assessed the effectiveness of the Protected Area networks on the conservation status of target species. Here, we assess the effectiveness of the Portuguese Natura 2000 (the European Union network of protected areas) in maintaining a...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4284
139 downloads
428 views

Background The ongoing change in climate is predicted to exert unprecedented effects on Earth’s biodiversity at all levels of organization. Biological conservation is important to prevent biodiversity loss, especially for species facing a high risk of extinction....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4287

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