Peer-reviewed Articles

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The Northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) and the graceful kelp crab (Pugettia gracilis) are common primary consumers in bull kelp beds near the San Juan Islands (Salish Sea, NE Pacific). In this system, urchins (often considered the most voracious herbivores...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3372
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Accurate species description in the marine environment is critical for estimating biodiversity and identifying genetically distinct stocks. Analysis of molecular data can potentially improve species delimitations because they are easily generated and independent,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3356
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Invasive lionfish are assumed to significantly affect Caribbean reef fish communities. However, evidence of lionfish effects on native reef fishes is based on uncontrolled observational studies or small-scale, unrepresentative experiments, with findings ranging...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3270
37 downloads
357 views

Climate change is predicted to lead to more extreme weather events, including changes to storm frequency, intensity and location. Yet the ecological responses to storms are incompletely understood for sandy shorelines, the globe’s longest land-ocean interface....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3360
33 downloads
463 views

Coral reef restoration and management techniques are in ever-increasing demand due to the global decline of coral reefs in the last several decades. Coral relocation has been established as an appropriate restoration technique in select cases, particularly where...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3346
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We investigated intra- and inter-colony sequence variation in a population of the dominant Hawaiian coral Montipora capitata by analyzing marker gene and genomic data. Ribosomal ITS1 regions showed evidence of a reticulate history among the colonies, suggesting...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3319
133 downloads
637 views

Sequencing environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being used as an alternative to traditional morphological-based identification to characterize biological assemblages and monitor anthropogenic impacts in marine environments. Most studies only assess eDNA which,...

["Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3347
73 downloads
498 views

Most of our knowledge regarding the biodiversity of gut microbes comes from terrestrial organisms or marine species of economic value, with less emphasis on ecologically important species. Here we investigate the bacterial composition associated with the gut of...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3317
40 downloads
178 views

Coral reefs are dynamic systems whose composition is highly influenced by unpredictable biotic and abiotic factors. Understanding the spatial scale at which long-term predictions of reef composition can be made will be crucial for guiding conservation efforts....

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3290
114 downloads
1,322 views

Climate change is a global issue with effects that are difficult to manage at a regional scale. Yet more often than not climate factors are just some of multiple stressors affecting species on a population level. Non-climatic factors—especially those of anthropogenic...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3272
50 downloads
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Examination of host-microbe interactions in early diverging metazoans, such as cnidarians, is of great interest from an evolutionary perspective to understand how host-microbial consortia have evolved. To address this problem, we analyzed whether the bacterial...

["Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3235
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289 views

Sediment community oxygen consumption (SCOC) is a proxy for organic matter processing and thus provides a useful proxy of benthic ecosystem function. Oxygen uptake in deep-sea sediments is mainly driven by bacteria, and the direct contribution of benthic macro-...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3309
32 downloads
265 views

The invasive macroalgal species Avrainvillea sp. and native species Halimeda kanaloana form expansive meadows that extend to depths of 80 m or more in the waters off of O‘ahu and Maui, respectively. Despite their wide depth distribution, comparatively little is...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3307
132 downloads
806 views

Migratory seabirds face threats from climate change and a variety of anthropogenic disturbances. Although most seabird research has focused on the ecology of individuals at the colony, technological advances now allow researchers to track seabird movements at sea...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3287
280 downloads
3,142 views

Eight whale sharks tagged with pop-up satellite archival tags off the Gulf of California, Mexico, were tracked for periods of 14–134 days. Five of these sharks were adults, with four females visually assessed to be pregnant. At least for the periods they were tracked,...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3271

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