Peer-reviewed Articles

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Reliable abundance estimates for species are fundamental in ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Consequently, predictive models able to provide reliable estimates for un- or poorly-surveyed locations would prove a valuable tool for management. Based on commonly...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4566
133 downloads
901 views

Background Intense landscaping often alters the plant composition in urban areas. Knowing which plant species that pollinators are visiting in urban areas is necessary for understanding how landscaping impacts biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. The...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4572
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498 views

Background Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) accumulate in urban soils, and PAH contamination can change soil microbial community composition. Environmental microbiota is associated with human commensal microbiota, immune system and health. Therefore, studies...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4508
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Aedes albopictus, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, vector of Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and Zika viruses, has proven its hardy adaptability in expansion from its natural Asian, forest edge, tree hole habitat on the back of international trade transportation, re-establishing...

["Ecosystem Science","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4474
81 downloads
547 views

Background Precipitation is predicted to become more variable in the western United States, meaning years of above and below average precipitation will become more common. Periods of extreme precipitation are major drivers of interannual variability in ecosystem...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4485
46 downloads
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A gambling or “game” phenomenon can be observed in the complex relationship between sources and receptors of ecological compensation among multiple stakeholders. This paper investigates the problem of gambling to determine payment amounts, and details a method...

["Ecosystem Science","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Contamination and Remediation","Environmental Impacts","Food, Water and Energy Nexus"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4475
67 downloads
306 views

Tropical estuaries are highly productive and support diverse benthic assemblages within mangroves and tidal flats habitats. Determining differences and similarities of benthic assemblages within estuarine habitats and between regional ecosystems may provide scientific...

["Ecosystem Science","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4441
70 downloads
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Extremes in climate, such as heat waves and drought, are expected to become more frequent and intense with forecasted climate change. Plant species will almost certainly differ in their responses to these stressors. We experimentally imposed a heat wave and drought...

["Ecosystem Science","Plant Science","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4394
57 downloads
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Many estuaries are becoming increasingly eutrophic from human activities within their catchments. Nutrient loads often are used to assess risk of eutrophication to estuaries, but such data are expensive and time consuming to obtain. We compared the percent of fertilized...

["Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Aquatic and Marine Chemistry","Biogeochemistry","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4378
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Excluding grazers is one of most efficient ways to restore degraded grasslands in desert-steppe communities, but may negatively affect the recovery of plant species diversity. However, diversity differences between grazed and fenced grasslands in desert-steppe...

["Biodiversity","Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4359
139 downloads
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Cancer cases result in 13% of all deaths worldwide. Unwanted side effects in patients under conventional treatments have led to the search for beneficial alternative therapies. Microalgae synthesize compounds with known in vitro and in vivo biological activity...

["Biotechnology","Ecosystem Science","Oncology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4358
1 citation
334 downloads
1,294 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
84 downloads
715 views

Microorganisms are ubiquitous in freshwater aquatic environments, but little is known about their abundance, diversity, and transport. We designed and deployed a remote-operated water-sampling system onboard an unmanned surface vehicle (USV, a remote-controlled...

["Biodiversity","Bioengineering","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4290
69 downloads
641 views

Anthropogenic pressures on aquatic systems have placed a renewed focus on biodiversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates. By combining classical taxonomy and DNA barcoding we identified 39 species of caddisflies from the Crooked River, a unique and sensitive system...

["Biogeography","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Taxonomy","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4221
110 downloads
403 views

Coastal protection, nutrient cycling, erosion control, water purification, and carbon sequestration are ecosystem services provided by salt marshes. Additionally, salt ponds offer coastal breeding and a nursery habitat for fishes and they provide abundant invertebrates,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecosystem Science","Food Science and Technology","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4194

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