Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Foxes are timid yet resourceful animals that are integrated into many urban environments. Because they are elusive, collecting information about the number of urban foxes, their diet and spatial distribution, their interactions with the ecological community in...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2623v1
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Non-systematically collected, a.k.a. opportunistic, species observations are accumulating at a high rate in biodiversity databases. Occupancy models have arisen as the main tool to reduce effects of limited knowledge about effort in analyses of opportunistic data....

["Computational Biology","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2612v1
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Wildlife collision data are ubiquitous, though challenging for making ecological inference due to typically irreducible uncertainty relating to the sampling process. We illustrate a new approach that is useful for generating inference from predator data arising...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2572v1
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The Cape Floristic Region – the world’s smallest, but third richest hotspot – experienced sustained levels of taxonomic effort and exploration for almost three centuries resulting in a near-complete plant species inventory. Here we analyse, for a core component...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2573v1
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Background. As one of the highest and most unique systems in the world, Polylepis forests are recognized both as center of endemism and diversity along the Andes and as a system under serious threat from human activities, fragmentation, and climate change. Effective...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2570v1
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We report the development and characterization of 13 novel microsatellite loci for the Caribbean queen conch, Lobatus gigas, an ecologically and commercially important marine gastropod. Paired-end sequencing was carried out on genomic DNA from a single queen conch...

["Bioengineering","Bioinformatics","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2559v1
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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
137 downloads
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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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