Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Several forms of calcifying scleractinian corals provide important habitat complexity in the deep-sea and are consistently associated with a high biodiversity of fish and other invertebrates. How these corals may respond to the future predicted environmental conditions...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5236
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The limiting effects of stressors like desiccation, light and salinity on seagrass growth and distribution are well-studied. However, little is known about their interactive effects, and whether such effects might differ among populations that are adapted to different...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5234
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Sex structure is very labile between populations and specific for each population because it is a result of genetic, ontogenetic and biocenotic influences on the mollusks. In this study, the age frequency distribution, age-sex structure, and sex ratio were assessed...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5240
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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
50 downloads
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Next-generation sequencing has provided powerful tools to conduct microbial ecology studies. Analysis of community composition relies on annotated databases of curated sequences to provide taxonomic assignments; however, these databases occasionally have errors...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5248
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Background Changes in climate are predicted to influence parasite and pathogen infection patterns in terrestrial and marine environments. Increases in temperature in particular may greatly alter biological processes, such as host-parasite interactions. For example,...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5046
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Natural products from the unique environments of sea water and oceans represent a largely unfamiliar source for isolation of new microbes, which are potent producers of secondary bioactive metabolites. These unique life-forms from the marine ecosphere have served...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Ecotoxicology","Green Chemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5049
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The planktonic metabolic balance that is the balance between gross primary production (GPP) and community respiration (CR) was determined in Matilda Bay (estuarine) and Woodman Point (coastal) in Perth, Western Australia. The rates of net community production (NCP...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Biogeochemistry","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5081
61 downloads
246 views

Environmentally induced epigenetic changes may contribute to phenotypic plasticity, increase adaptive potential in changing environments, and play a key role in the establishment and spread of invasive species in new habitats. In this study, we used methylation-sensitive...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5003
34 downloads
315 views

Background Ampelisca eschrichtii Krøyer, 1842 of the Sakhalin Shelf of the Okhotsk Sea, Far Eastern Russia, comprise the highest known biomass concentration of any amphipod population in the world and are a critically important prey source for western gray whales....

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4841
100 downloads
866 views

Background Underwater visual surveys (UVSs) for monitoring fish communities are preferred over fishing surveys in certain habitats, such as rocky or coral reefs and seagrass beds and are the standard monitoring tool in many cases, especially in protected areas....

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5066
54 downloads
382 views

Background The anthropogenic modification of trophic pathways is seemingly prompting the increase of jellyfish populations at the expense of planktivorous fishes. However, gross generalizations are often made because the most basic aspects of trophic ecology and...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5057
77 downloads
477 views

The age-based life history of two commercially-important species of snapper (Lutjanidae) and one emperor (Lethrinidae) were characterized from the nearshore fishery of Tutuila, American Samoa. Examination of sagittal otoliths across multiple months and years confirmed...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5069
54 downloads
365 views

The complexity and scales of the processes that shape communities of marine benthic macroinvertebrates has limited our understanding of their assembly mechanisms and the potential to make projections of their spatial and temporal dynamics. Individual-based models...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5038
56 downloads
491 views

Knowledge of community structure within an ecosystem is essential when trying to understand the function and importance of the system and when making related management decisions. Within the larger ecosystem, microhabitats play an important role by providing inhabitants...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5014

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