Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Bats have evolved migration to escape unfavourable climatic conditions. However, their migratory flyways and the way how they surmount geographical barriers are still unknown. The Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps is a mountain covered in permafrost (3460m ASL), known...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2557v1
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There is an urgent need to identify and understand the ecosystem services provided by threatened animal species such as flying foxes. The first step towards this is to obtain comprehensive data on their diet. However, the volant and nocturnal nature of flying foxes...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2547v1
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Plant cover data collected by monitoring schemes are often expressed on interval-censored scales to reduce field effort. Existing statistical approaches to such data may not make full use of available information, or may both induce bias and assume more precision...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2532v1
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Species distribution models (SDMs) have become an essential tool in ecology, biogeography, evolution, and more recently, in conservation biology. How to generalize species distributions in large undersampled areas, especially with few samples, is a fundamental...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2517v1
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The hydrological connectivity between the salt marsh and the sea was partially restored in a Mediterranean wetland containing isolated ponds resulting from former salt extraction and aquaculture activities. A preliminary assessment provided evidence that ponds...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2518v1
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Background. This study investigates orbitally-forced range dynamics at a regional scale by exploring the evolutionary history of Nymania capensis (Meliaceae) across the deeply incised landscapes of the subescarpment coastal lowlands of South Africa; a region home...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2506v1
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Background. In Sardinia, as in other regions of the Mediterranean Sea, sustainable fisheries of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus have become a necessity. At harvesting sites, the systematic removal of large individuals (diameter ≥ 50 mm) seriously compromises...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2502v1
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Background. The establishment of protected areas, regarded today as a cornerstone of nature conservation, resulted from a multiple array of motivations and opportunities. We explore at global and regional levels, the current distribution of protected areas along...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2461v1
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The Mexican Garter Snake (Thamnophis eques) is a terrestrial-aquatic generalist because it feeds on both aquatic and terrestrial prey. We describe size-related variation and slight sexual variation in the diet of Thamnophis eques through analysis of 262 samples...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2442v1
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Effects of differential extinction rates remain being an issue in biogeographic and evolutionary studies. Here, I use empirical examples and simulated datasets to asses how the specification of different extinction rates influences ancestral range estimation in...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2440v1
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Discerning the role that facilitative behavioral interactions in mixed species groups of hunting piscivores play in growth and survivorship is important both in our fundamental understanding of fish community dynamics and for developing conservation strategies....

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2432v1
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Indirect ecological effects are a common feature of ecological systems, arising when one species affects interactions among two or more other species. We examined how browsing by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) indirectly affected the abundance and composition...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2153v2
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A large array of species and species complexes from the Iberian Peninsula display strong genetic subdivisions indicative of past population isolation in separate glacial refugia as a result of survival throughout the Pleistocene ice ages. We used mitochondrial...

["Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2405v1
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The coral reefs around Praia do Tofo, southern Mozambique, are known for their aggregations of marine megafauna but as yet few studies have comprehensively examined their broader biodiversity. This study is the first to assess the ichthyofaunal diversity of this...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2389v1
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Longitudinal studies focusing on lifetime reproductive success (LRS) have been used to measure individual breeding performance and identify commonalities among successful breeders. By extending the focus to subsequent generations we identify a proportion of high-quality...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2386v1
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