Peer-reviewed Articles

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Recent phylogeographic studies along the coastline of southern Africa have uncovered cryptic diversity in several coastal invertebrates, including direct developing crustaceans in the superorder Peracarida. These findings indicating the possible existence of additional...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4658
56 downloads
254 views

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
43 downloads
286 views

Accelerating anthropogenic climate change threatens to destroy coral reefs worldwide through the processes of bleaching and disease. These major contributors to coral mortality are both closely linked with thermal stress intensified by anthropogenic climate change....

["Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4494
90 downloads
1,076 views

The common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, is widely distributed along the western coast of South America. In Ecuador, a resident population of bottlenose dolphins inhabits the inner estuarine area of the Gulf of Guayaquil located in the southwestern part...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4589
50 downloads
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Background The potent neurotoxins produced by the harmful algal bloom species Karenia brevis are activators of sodium voltage-gated channels (VGC) in animals, resulting in altered channel kinetics and membrane hyperexcitability. Recent biophysical and genomic evidence...

["Cell Biology","Marine Biology","Neuroscience","Ecotoxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4533
62 downloads
350 views

Ocean acidification significantly affects marine organisms in several ways, with complex interactions. Seaweeds might benefit from rising CO2 through increased photosynthesis and carbon acquisition, with subsequent higher growth rates. However, changes in seaweed...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Climate Change Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4377
651 downloads
4,748 views

The use of limbs for foraging is documented in both marine and terrestrial tetrapods. These behaviors were once believed to be less likely in marine tetrapods due to the physical constraints of body plans adapted to locomotion in a fluid environment. Despite these...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4565
83 downloads
387 views

Parasites are well-known to alter the behavior of their hosts, but there is still a paucity of knowledge about how parasites modify the behavior of many ecologically influential host species. I studied the keystone grazer, the salt marsh periwinkle (Littoraria...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4544
39 downloads
246 views

During the breeding season, male harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) make underwater acoustic displays using vocalizations known as roars. These roars have been shown to function in territory establishment in some breeding areas and have been hypothesized to be important...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4547
57 downloads
276 views

Catalase (CAT) is an antioxidant enzyme that plays a significant role in cellular protection against oxidative damage by degradation of hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water. In the present study, the complete CAT cDNA sequence of Zostera marina was identified...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4532
134 downloads
905 views

The evolution and occurrence of fossil sea turtles at the Pacific margin of South America is poorly known and restricted to Neogene (Miocene/Pliocene) findings from the Pisco Formation, Peru. Here we report and describe the first record of Oligocene (late Oligocene,...

["Biogeography","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4554
97 downloads
892 views

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) populations have experienced dramatic declines since the mid-19th century along the southern portion of the species range, leading citizen groups to petition the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the species...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4519
148 downloads
1,231 views

We can recover genetic information from organisms of all kinds using environmental sampling. In recent years, sequencing this environmental DNA (eDNA) has become a tractable means of surveying many species using water, air, or soil samples. The technique is beginning...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4521
93 downloads
1,068 views

The use of small unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) for ecological studies and wildlife population assessments is increasing. These methods can provide significant benefits in terms of costs and reductions in human risk, but little is known if UAS-based approaches...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Ethical Issues"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4467
100 downloads
641 views

The Indo-Malay Archipelago is regarded as a barrier that separates organisms of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Previous studies of marine biota from this region have found a variety of biogeographic barriers, seemingly dependent on taxon and methodology. Several...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4315

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