Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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New Zealand has 23 exotic and more than 200 endemic earthworm species. Endemic earthworms disappeared quickly after vegetation clearance and land conversion to agriculture from the early C19th. Environmental changes associated with agronomic practices are believed...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Soil Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2017v1
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Background. Pollinators, which provide the agriculturally and ecologically essential service of pollination, are under threat at a global scale. Habitat loss and homogenisation, pesticides, parasites and pathogens, invasive species, and climate change have been...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2006v1
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Prey selection by wolves has been a fundamental and long-term topic of interest for wolf-prey studies. Virtually all studies conclude the selectivity of wolf predation and typically identify what made an individual vulnerable. Vulnerability, however, varies for...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2001v1
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As human populations’ transition to urban and suburban environments, there can be an evident disconnect from the natural world. Interactive programs can introduce youth to scientific methods with the hope of invoking an interest in nature. A majority of these programs,...

["Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2000v1
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Effective action planning for recovering endangered populations of boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) requires an understanding of the functional interactions between: (1) responses by predators to current and prospective future habitat conditions, (2)...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1996v1
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Throughout their range, the decline of woodland caribou populations is thought to be a result of habitat degradation and fragmentation from industrial activities. Land managers are under pressure to restore habitat within caribou ranges and mitigate potential negative...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1972v1
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Deforestation and land use change have reduced the tropical dry forest in the northwestern region of Costa Rica into isolated fragments. We examined the effect of fragment area and length of the dry season (seasonality) on nestedness for the community (entire species...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1970v1
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Areas near human disturbance may become prey refugia when predators avoid human activities more than their prey leading to decreased predation rates and/or increased prey population growth. Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands region (AOSR) is home to moose (Alces alces)...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1967v1
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Background. The Tijuana River Valley is the first natural habitat in California to be substantially invaded by the Kuroshio Shot Hole Borer (KSHB, Euwallacea sp.), an invasive ambrosia beetle native to Southeast Asia. This paper documents the distribution of the...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1964v1
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Landscape structure plays a fundamental role in shaping predator-prey dynamics, often being a key determinant of predator-prey coexistence. Rapid alteration of landscape structure, however, can lead to changes in predator-prey interactions with the magnitude of...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1955v1
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The aim of this paper is to determine and compare the environmental factors controlling longitudinal colonisation of periphytic algae in agricultural and urbanization effects of a lowland river, the Tundzha River, located in Turkish Tunca. To investigate the effect...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1953v1
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Plotosus canius (Hamilton, 1822) is a significant marine species in Malaysia from nutritional and commercial perspectives. Despite numerous fundamental researches on biological characteristics of P.canius, there are various concerns on the level of population differentiation,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1640v3
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Wolves (Canis lupus) in Southeast Alaska have been proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act first in 1993, and more recently in 2011. Reports of declining wolf populations sparked concern, in addition to high rates of logging and broad-scale succession...

["Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1946v1
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Compensatory mortality is a key concept in sustainable resource development and predator-prey theory. Two driving mechanisms underlie compensatory mortality: seasonality and density dependence. Indeed, density dependence is fundamental to being able to achieve...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1944v1
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Background. Reptiles are sensitive to habitat disturbance induced by wildfires but species frequently show opposing responses. Functional causes of such variability have been scarcely explored. In the northernmost limit of the Mediterranean bioregion, lizard species...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1938v1
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