Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The most traditional scheme for migration among baleen whales comprises yearly migrations between productive waters at high latitude summer feeding grounds and warmer waters at lower latitudes where whales calve and mate, but rarely feed. Evidence indicates,...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4695
208 downloads
2,759 views

Games are an increasingly popular approach for conservation teaching. However, we know little about the effectiveness of the games on students’ experiences and knowledge acquisition. Many current games are supplemental games (SG) that have no meaningful interaction...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Science and Medical Education"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4509
160 downloads
1,999 views

Collisions with glass are a serious threat to avian life and are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of birds per year in the United States. We monitored 22 buildings at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) in Blacksburg, Virginia, for collision...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4562
1 citation
119 downloads
1,243 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
168 downloads
1,811 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
180 downloads
967 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
133 downloads
502 views

Spatial and temporal density and biomass of the infaunal mollusk Anomalocardia flexuosa (Linnaeus, 1767) evaluated a tidal plain at Goiana estuary (Northeast Brazil). Three hundred and sixty core samples were taken during an annual cycle from three intertidal habitats...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4332
273 downloads
1,741 views

Coral reefs are important habitats that represent global marine biodiversity hotspots and provide important benefits to people in many tropical regions. However, coral reefs are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4308
283 downloads
1,977 views

Background Few studies have assessed the effectiveness of the Protected Area networks on the conservation status of target species. Here, we assess the effectiveness of the Portuguese Natura 2000 (the European Union network of protected areas) in maintaining a...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4284
216 downloads
1,273 views

Artificial night light has the potential to significantly alter visually-dependent species interactions. However, examples of disruptions of species interactions through changes in light remain rare and how artificial night light may alter predator–prey relationships...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4070
145 downloads
745 views

Intra- and interspecific interactions can be broken down into facilitative and competitive components. The net interaction between two organisms is simply the sum of these counteracting elements. Disentangling the positive and negative components of species interactions...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4049
1 citation
2,274 downloads
1,922 views

Although the ultimate causes of high bat fatalities at wind farms are not well understood, several lines of evidence suggest that bats are attracted to wind turbines. One hypothesis is that bats would be attracted to turbines as a foraging resource if the insects...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3985
2 citations
135 downloads
732 views

Background Studies directed at understanding the demography and population dynamics of corals are relatively scarce. This limits our understanding of both the dynamics of coral populations and our capacity to develop management and conservation initiatives directed...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3906
2 citations
247 downloads
1,073 views

Background A number of biotic and abiotic factors have been proposed as drivers of geographic variation in species richness. As biotic elements, inter-specific interactions are the most widely recognized. Among abiotic factors, in particular for plants, climate...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3932
2 citations
203 downloads
1,351 views

Lakes are dynamic and complex ecosystems that can be influenced by physical, chemical, and biological processes. Additionally, individual lakes are often chemically and physically distinct, even within the same geographic region. Here we show that differences in...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3937

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