Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The introduction of animal tracking technology has rapidly advanced our understanding of seabird foraging ecology. Tracking data is particularly powerful when combined with oceanographic information derived from satellite remote sensing, allowing insights...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6261
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The relationships among the morphoclimatic domains of South America have been a major biogeographical issue of recent years. Palynological, geological and phytogeographical data suggest that the Amazon Forest and the Atlantic Forest were connected during part of...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6208
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Drylands account for more than 30% of China’s terrestrial area, while the ecological drivers of taxonomic (TD), functional (FD) and phylogenetic (PD) diversity in dryland regions have not been explored simultaneously. Therefore, we selected 36 plots of desert and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Plant Science","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6220
96 downloads
482 views

The cold-climate hypothesis maintains that viviparity arose as a means to prevent increased egg mortality in nests owing to low temperatures, and this hypothesis represents the primary and most strongly supported explanation for the evolution of viviparity in reptiles....

["Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6192
67 downloads
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Background The hadal zone encompasses the deepest parts of the world’s ocean trenches from depths of ∼6,000–11,000 m. The communities observed at these depths are dominated by scavenging amphipods that rapidly intercept and consume carrion as it falls to the deepest...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5994
1 citation
473 downloads
2,142 views

Interest in bees has grown dramatically in recent years in light of several studies that have reported widespread declines in bees and other pollinators. Investigating declines in wild bees can be difficult, however, due to the lack of faunal surveys that provide...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5867
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The Himalaya is one of the youngest and the loftiest mountain chains of the world; it is also referred to as the water tower of Asia. The Himalayan region harbors nearly 10,000 plant species constituting approximately 2.5% of the global angiosperm diversity of...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5919
132 downloads
999 views

Limited gene flow between populations due to geographic distance, presence of barriers or inherent low dispersal ability leads to the formation of genetically structured populations. Strong population structure indicates lowered levels or absence of gene flow which...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5752
70 downloads
680 views

Background Biogeographers assess how species distributions and abundances affect the structure, function, and composition of ecosystems. Yet we face a major challenge: it is difficult to precisely map species across landscapes. Novel Earth observations could overcome...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Data Mining and Machine Learning","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5666
1 citation
979 downloads
4,769 views

The unparalleled biodiversity found in the American tropics (the Neotropics) has attracted the attention of naturalists for centuries. Despite major advances in recent years in our understanding of the origin and diversification of many Neotropical taxa and biotic...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5644
150 downloads
676 views

Background Variability in the ecological impacts of invasive species across their geographical ranges may decrease the accuracy of risk assessments. Comparative functional response analysis can be used to estimate invasive consumer-resource dynamics, explain impact...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5634
105 downloads
302 views

Background Assemblage responses to environmental gradients are key to understand the general principles behind the assembly and functioning of communities. The spatially and temporally uneven distribution of water availability in drylands creates strong aridity...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5210
100 downloads
572 views

Over the last decades several studies have identified that the directional changes in climate induced by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are affecting the ecology of desert ecosystems. In the Southwest United States, the impacts of climate change to...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5623
1 citation
110 downloads
577 views

Background Citizen monitoring programs using acoustic data have been useful for detecting population and community patterns. However, they have rarely been used to study broad scale patterns of species traits. We assessed the potential of acoustic data to detect...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5370
179 downloads
642 views

The distribution of biodiversity within the Amazon basin is often structured by sharp environmental boundaries, such as large rivers. The Amazon region is also characterized by subtle environmental clines, but how they might affect the distributions and abundance...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Impacts","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5424

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