Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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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
108 downloads
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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
56 downloads
505 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
737 downloads
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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
111 downloads
523 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
69 downloads
193 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
73 downloads
436 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
95 downloads
481 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
156 downloads
557 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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Many species of fish produce larvae that undergo a prolonged dispersal phase. However, evidence from a number of recent studies on demersal fishes suggests that the dispersal of propagules may not be strongly correlated with gene flow. Instead, other factors like...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5380
123 downloads
391 views

Background Invasive species are a growing threat to food biosecurity and cause significant economic losses in agricultural systems. Despite their damaging effect, they are attractive models for the study of evolution and adaptation in newly colonised environments....

["Biogeography","Ecology","Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5340
141 downloads
731 views

Background Climate change is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, pushing species to shift their distribution ranges and making existing protected areas inadequate. Estimating species distribution and potential modifications under climate change are then...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Climate Change Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5222
135 downloads
714 views

Black Band Disease (BBD) is a widely distributed and destructive coral disease that has been studied on a global scale, but baseline data on coral diseases is missing from many areas of the Arabian Seas. Here we report on the broad distribution and prevalence of...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5169
1 citation
188 downloads
1,022 views

Terrestrial tardigrades, commonly known as “water bears”, are part of a phylum of microscopic, aquatic invertebrates famous for cryptobiosis and space travel, but little is known about their modes of dispersal on Earth. Wind is assumed, but not truly demonstrated,...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5035

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