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Here we investigate relationships between NDVI, Biomass, and Leaf Area Index (LAI) for six key plant species near Barrow, Alaska. We explore how key plant species differ in biomass, leaf area index (LAI) and how can vegetation spectral indices be used to estimate...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.913v1
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The current study highlights some knowledge on the diversity and structure of insect communities and trophic groups living in Sabkha Djendli (semi-arid area of Northeastern Algeria). The entomofauna was monthly sampled from March to November 2006 using pitfall...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.741v2
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Background. At least a fifth of tropical forests have been logged in the recent past. This practice is an important source of timber but there are concerns about its long-sustainability and impacts on biodiversity and carbon storage. However, there is wide variation...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.846v1
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Organisms often respond in similar ways to environmental or spatial gradients, particularly at large spatial scales, but patterns at finer scales and across ecotones are less certain. It is important to understand these relationships at multiple spatial scales,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.798v1
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Research that uses stable isotope analysis often involves a delay between sample collection in the field and laboratory processing, therefore requiring preservation to prevent or reduce tissue degradation and associated isotopic compositions. Although there is...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.752v1
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Effective monitoring, prevention and impact mitigation of nonindigenous aquatic species (NAS) relies upon the ability to predict dispersal pathways and receiving habitats with the greatest risk of establishment. To examine mechanisms affecting species establishment...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.730v1
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The objective of this study was to relate earthworm assemblage structure with three different soil use intensities, and to indentify the physical, chemical, and microbiological variables that are associated to the observed differences in earthworm assemblage structure...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.722v1
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Edaphic fauna play a crucial role in soil processes such as organic matter incorporation and cycling, nutrient content, soil structure, and stability. Collembolans in particular, play a very significant role in nutrient cycling and soil structure. The structure...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.721v1
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Global change is predicted to have large and rapid impact on polar and alpine regions. Bryophytes and lichens increase their importance in terms of biomass, carbon/nutrient cycling, cover and ecosystem functioning at higher latitudes/altitudes. Here we report from...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.672v2
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Aboveground production in terrestrial plant communities is commonly expressed in amount of carbon, or biomass, per unit surface. Alternatively, expressing production per unit volume allows the comparison of communities by their fundamental limits in packing carbon....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.677v1
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Research into the ecology of intertidal fishes of the U.K. appears to be lacking, reportedly due to the mobility and cryptic nature of the more common species. However, some intertidal fishes contribute to the diets of commercially important species such as cod...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.660v1
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Decomposing litter in forest ecosystems supplies nutrients to plants, carbon to heterotrophic soil microorganisms and is a large source of CO2 to the atmosphere. Despite its essential role in carbon and nutrient cycling, the temperature sensitivity of leaf litter...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.609v1
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The Asian shore crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus (De Haan), has recently invaded the Atlantic coast of the United States. Its large populations and continued fecundity are indicative of its successful establishment. Competitive interaction with other coastal crab species...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.546v2
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Corallivorous snail feeding is a common source of tissue loss for the threatened coral Acropora palmata, accounting for roughly one-quarter of tissue loss in monitored study plots over seven years. However, corallivory by Coralliophila abbreviata is one of the...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.478v1
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Virtual worlds supporting massively multiplayer games have become so complex that they exhibit temporal and spatial dynamics mostly driven by interactions between players. In this respect, virtual worlds resemble closely natural ecosystems. Studying the ecology...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.473v1
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