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Human activities are important drivers of marine ecosystem functioning. However, teasing apart the synergistic effects of fishing and environmental variability on the prey base of non-target predators is difficult, often because estimates of prey availability on...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2122v1
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Fishing pressure on coral reef ecosystems has been frequently linked to reductions of large fishes and reef fish biomass. Associated impacts on overall community structure are, however, less clear. In size-structured aquatic ecosystems, fishing impacts are commonly...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2118v1
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Background. Mapping key habitats of marine mega-vertebrates with high mobility is crucial for species conservation. Due to difficulties in obtaining sound data in the field, Species Distribution Modeling (SDM) provides an effective alternative to identify habitats....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2101v2
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Non-invasive measures of the stress response are used to understand the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on wild animals. They can, however, be challenging to interpret without additional contextual information and specifics of the animals in question....

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2092v1
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Disturbances influence vegetation patterns at multiple scales, but studies that isolate the effect of scale are rare, meaning that scale and process are often confounded. To explore this, we imposed a large (~3.75 ha) experiment in a South African coastal grassland...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2078v1
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Since the 1980s, West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) have been reported more frequently along the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) coast in areas that were recently considered to be outside the species' normal areas of occupancy. The ecological importance of...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2072v1
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As nearshore ecosystems are increasingly degraded by human activities, active restoration is a critical strategy in ensuring the continued provision of goods and services by coastal habitats. After being absent for nearly six decades, over 1800 ha of the foundational...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1346v4
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Crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS; Acanthaster spp.) are an outbreaking pest among many Indo-Pacific coral reefs that cause substantial ecological and economic damage. Despite ongoing CoTS research there remain critical gaps in observing CoTS populations and accurately...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2057v1
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The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) has a global distribution in tropical and warm temperate seas, and is caught in numerous fisheries worldwide, mainly as bycatch. It is currently assessed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2042v1
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After decades of persecution, large carnivores are returning to human-occupied landscapes in many areas of North America and Europe. To ensure the safety of both people and wildlife, we need to understand how these animals perceive and select habitat as they navigate...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2031v1
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Preserving species interactions should be a key desired outcome in restoration ecology. With progress in environmental DNA techniques and the dramatic reduction in the cost of high-throughput DNA sequencing, large amounts of information can be gathered on how species...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2020v1
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Nationally, wildlife-aircraft collisions (wildlife strikes) have been increasing over the past 25 years; denoted in the National Wildlife Strike Database that has been maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since 1990. Increasing wildlife populations...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2019v1
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We analyzed the synchronous relationship between forest cover and species distribution to explain the contraction in the distribution range of the brown-eared pheasant (Crossoptilon mantchuricum) in China. We consulted ancient texts to determine this pheasant’s...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2018v1
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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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