Peer-reviewed Articles

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The bacteria that grow on methane aerobically (methanotrophs) support populations of non-methanotrophs in the natural environment by excreting methane-derived carbon. One group of excreted compounds are short-chain organic acids, generated in highest abundance...

["Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3945
15 downloads
114 views

Background A number of biotic and abiotic factors have been proposed as drivers of geographic variation in species richness. As biotic elements, inter-specific interactions are the most widely recognized. Among abiotic factors, in particular for plants, climate...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3932
18 downloads
152 views

We investigated how recent changes in the distribution and abundance of a fouling organism affected the strength of interactions between a commercially important foundation species and a common predator. Increases in the abundance of boring sponges that bioerode...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3911
52 downloads
266 views

The invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish is one of the most pressing concerns in the context of coral reef conservation throughout the Caribbean. Invasive lionfish threaten Caribbean fish communities by feeding on a wide range of native prey species, some of which...

["Invasive Species","Biological Invasion","Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3818
49 downloads
288 views

In arable cropping systems, reduced or conservation tillage practices are linked with improved soil quality, C retention and higher microbial biomass, but most long-term studies rarely focus on depths greater than 15 cm nor allow comparison of microbial community...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3930
40 downloads
584 views

Lakes are dynamic and complex ecosystems that can be influenced by physical, chemical, and biological processes. Additionally, individual lakes are often chemically and physically distinct, even within the same geographic region. Here we show that differences in...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3937
109 downloads
672 views

Ecological studies often are subjected to unintentional biases, suggesting that improved research designs for hypothesis testing should be used. Double-blind ecological studies are rare but necessary to minimize sampling biases and omission errors, and improve...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3903
47 downloads
239 views

The sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) population in the Ramsar-listed Kushiro Wetland has increased in recent years, and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan has decided to take measures to reduce the impact of deer on the ecosystem. However, seasonal movement...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3869
86 downloads
698 views

Recent research suggests that prior exposure of several months to elevated irradiance induces enhanced thermal tolerance in scleractinian corals. While this tolerance has been reported at the species level, individual coral colonies may react differently due to...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3802
325 downloads
992 views

Background The Brazilian Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest regions and plays a key role in biodiversity conservation as well as climate adaptation and mitigation. The government has created a network of protected areas (PAs) to ensure long-term conservation...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3902
56 downloads
1,383 views

A great variety of parasites and parasitoids exploit ant societies. Among them are the Mesostigmata mites, a particularly common and diverse group of ant-associated arthropods. While parasitism is ubiquitous in Mesostigmata, parasitoidism has only been described...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3870
35 downloads
212 views

The cane toad (Rhinella marina) has undergone rapid evolution during its invasion of tropical Australia. Toads from invasion front populations (in Western Australia) have been reported to exhibit a stronger baseline phagocytic immune response than do conspecifics...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Immunology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3856
71 downloads
754 views

Although the invasive azooxanthellate corals Tubastraea coccinea and T. tagusensis are spreading quickly and outcompeting native species in the Atlantic Ocean, there is little information regarding the genetic structure and path of introduction for these species....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3873
175 downloads
1,164 views

Two new species of therocephalian therapsids are described from the upper Permian Teekloof Formation of the Karoo Basin, South Africa. They include two specimens of a whaitsiid, Microwhaitsia mendrezi gen. et sp. nov., and a single, small whaitsioid Ophidostoma...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3868
71 downloads
471 views

Coral growth patterns result from an interplay of coral biology and environmental conditions. In this study colony size and proportion of live and dead skeletons in the cold-water coral (CWC) Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758) were measured using video footage from...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3705

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