Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

25 downloads
176 views

Coral reefs are under pressure from numerous anthropogenic and natural threats. A species of vermetid worm, Dendropoma maxima, has a negative interaction with the corals it lives on. Vermetid worm interactions result in structural homogeneity of reef habitats,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2692v1
47 downloads
128 views

Background. Picea chihuahuana, which is endemic to Mexico, is currently listed as “Endangered” on the Red List. Chihuahua spruce is only found in the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO), Mexico. About 42,600 individuals are distributed in forty populations. The populations...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2677v1
20 downloads
85 views

Insects are important in assessing ecosystem quality and health. Current climate change models predict that in the next one hundred years, intense storms separated by long periods of drought will frequent French Polynesia. Variation in water availability may be...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2678v1
28 downloads
99 views

Background. The specific relationships between hosts and epiphytes are fairly unknown. Biotic factors contributing to epiphytic distribution have generally been considered secondary predictors to epiphyte growth and range. Invasive species pose risk to the biodiversity...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2679v1
126 downloads
488 views

Cyanobacteria are major contributors to global biogeochemical cycles. The genetic diversity among Cyanobacteria enables them to thrive across many habitats. However, the taxonomy of Cyanobacteria remains unstable because of an inadequate taxonomic classification...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2676v1
28 downloads
206 views

Background Understanding how interspecific interactions affect a species and its access to resources is of great importance in a changing environment with limited resources. Investigating the effects of interspecific interactions of sympatric gecko species in Moorea...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2675v1
62 downloads
208 views

Human expansion has negatively impacted biodiversity. Oceanic islands have some of the most diverse, endemic biodiversity. Endemism leads to vulnerability due to the isolated and discrete nature of oceanic islands. Birds are indicator species that adapt to change...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2672v1
39 downloads
230 views

Coral disease has been identified as an ongoing threat to the recovery of sustainable coral populations. This document provides a standard field protocol for screening disease resistance traits in the imperiled coral species, Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2668v1
24 downloads
149 views

Background. The ‘whirling’ defensive behavior of Pholcus ancoralis (L. Koch, 1865) was studied in a forest and laboratory in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. This behavior involves fast web-borne gyration to dissuade predators and is widespread in the Pholcidae family....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2666v1
635 downloads
1,863 views

The largest published data matrix for phylogenetic analysis of Paleozoic limbed vertebrates (Ruta M, Coates MI. 2007. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5:69–122) supported variously controversial hypotheses; e.g., it recovered Seymouriamorpha, Diadectomorpha...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1596v2
53 downloads
120 views

Background. Invasive plant species pose a significant threat to island biodiversity and ecosystems. Invasive mangrove trees in particular have been shown to be devastating to the shorelines of islands across the Pacific. Previous studies have assumed that the mangrove...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2660v1
37 downloads
161 views

Background. Ecosystem engineers are organisms that modify habitats and in many cases community assemblages. Mangroves (Rhizophora stylosa) on Mo’orea displace native marsh grass habitats and affect the distribution of native and non-native gastropod species. This...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2659v1
56 downloads
180 views

Sacoglossan sea slugs have complex interactions with their environment. They are well known for their ability to sequester stolen chloroplasts and utilize them for photoautotrophic CO2 fixation, yet the dependence on this is not clear in most species. Elysia stylifera...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2650v1
125 downloads
1,005 views

Press disturbances are stressors that are extended or ongoing relative to the generation times of community members, and, due to their longevity, have the potential to alter communities beyond the possibility of recovery. They also provide key opportunities to...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2446v2
111 downloads
168 views

Background. Increases in oceanic temperatures are expected to affect the cellular function of ecologically important organisms, such as sponges. Sponges are important to biodiversity, coral reef systems, benthic and spongiverous organisms, and the biomedical industry....

["Cell Biology","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2654v1
What is a PeerJ Preprint?

A PeerJ Preprint is a draft of an article, abstract, or poster that has not yet been peer-reviewed for formal publication. Submit a draft, incomplete, or final version of your work for free.

Submissions today can be approved by Editorial Staff and online in 24 hours.

Establish precedent. Solicit feedback. Publish updates.

Top subject areas - Preprints

Top subject areas - People

View all subject areas