Peer-reviewed Articles

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The colour patterns and morphological peculiarities of the hindwings of several butterfly species result in the appearance of a head at the rear end of the insect’s body. Although some experimental evidence supports the hypothesis that the “false head” deflects...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3493
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Our ability to prevent extinction in declining populations often depends on effective management of habitats that are disturbed through wildfire, logging, agriculture, or development. In these disturbed landscapes, the juxtaposition of multiple habitat types can...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3500
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Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, and provide critical ecosystem services such as protein provisioning, coastal protection, and tourism revenue. Despite these benefits, coral reefs have been declining precipitously across...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3499
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Background Shrubs play a key role in biogeochemical cycles, prevent soil and water erosion, provide forage for livestock, and are a source of food, wood and non-wood products. However, despite their ecological and societal importance, the influence of different...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3446
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Symbiotic microalgae (Symbiodinium spp.) strongly influence the performance and stress-tolerance of their coral hosts, making the analysis of Symbiodinium communities in corals (and metacommunities on reefs) advantageous for many aspects of coral reef research....

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3472
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Human impacts are causing ecosystem phase shifts from coral- to algal-dominated reef systems on a global scale. As these ecosystems undergo transition, there is an increased incidence of coral-macroalgal interactions. Mounting evidence indicates that the outcome...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Biophysics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3423
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Empirical and mechanistic modeling indicate that pathogens transmitted via aerially dispersed inoculum follow a power law, resulting in dispersive epidemic waves. The spread parameter (b) of the power law model, which is an indicator of the distance of the epidemic...

["Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Epidemiology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3465
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Loss of biodiversity caused by impact of elephants (Loxodonta africana) on African woodlands may require a management response, but any action should be based on an understanding of why elephants choose to utilise trees destructively. Comprehension of elephant...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3453
58 downloads
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There is widespread concern regarding the effects of agro-chemical exposure on bee health, of which neonicotinoids, systemic insecticides detected in the pollen and nectar of both crops and wildflowers, have been the most strongly debated. The majority of studies...

["Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3417
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Oceanic viruses that infect bacteria, or phages, are known to modulate host diversity, metabolisms, and biogeochemical cycling, while the viruses that infect marine Archaea remain understudied despite the critical ecosystem roles played by their hosts. Here we...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3428
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Wind energy has rapidly become an important alternative among renewable energies, and it is generally considered clean. However, little is known about its impact at the level of ecological communities, especially in biodiversity hotspots. The Isthmus of Tehuantepec...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3424
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346 views

Stable isotope analysis of feces can provide a non-invasive method for tracking the dietary habits of nearly any mammalian species. While fecal samples are often collected for macroscopic and genetic study, stable isotope analysis can also be applied to expand...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3436
257 downloads
608 views

Geographic variation in external morphology is thought to reflect an interplay between genotype and the environment. Morphological variation has been well-described for a number of cetacean species, including the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In this...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3415
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Winter mortality is a major factor regulating population size of the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Glycerol is the major cryoprotectant in this freeze intolerant insect. We report findings from a gene expression...

["Ecology","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3284
94 downloads
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Gaze following is widespread among animals. However, the corresponding ultimate functions may vary substantially. Thus, it is important to study previously understudied (or less studied) species to develop a better understanding of the ecological contexts that...

["Animal Behaviour","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3459

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