Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Annually, half of all plant-derived carbon is added to soil where it is microbially respired to CO2. However, understanding of the microbiology of this process is limited because most culture-independent methods cannot link metabolic processes to the organisms...

["Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2473v1
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The alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau are sensitive and vulnerable to climate change. However, it is still unknown how precipitation use efficiency (PUE), the ratio of ANPP to precipitation, is related to community assembly of plant species, functional groups...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2472v1
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These 10 simple rules were designed to help researchers develop an effective experimental design in ecology that will help yield meaningful results. These rules were based off of four articles which presented distinctive views on the expectations of experimental...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2456v1
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This article contains proposed guidelines for ensuring proper experimental design in ecology. In a sequential fashion, it is important to begin with stating a hypothesis, followed by clearly defining terms and choosing appropriate samples and parameters. Following...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2455v1
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We examined diversity and mechanisms of microbial arsenic resistance in Centralia, PA, the site of an underground coal seam fire burning since 1962. From hot soil collected from an active vent, we isolated 25 unique arsenic resistant bacteria spanning six genera....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2451v1
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A set of 10 fundamental rules to successfully design, execute, and analyze biological field experiments. This list tackles the main components of an experiment beginning with the hypothesis and predictions, to the design and execution, as well as statistical analysis...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2441v1
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What is the microbe we are dealing with? Irrespective of cholera or anthrax, we want to know the disease causing microorganism as quickly as possible since prompt identification of the etiology organism would help control disease spread, and save lives through...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Science and Medical Education"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.399v3
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In this study, eight different shells from different species were examined by looking at the physical features of the shells. The purpose of the study was to identify evolutionary links between species with shells. From these physical features, a morphological...

["Animal Behavior","Developmental Biology","Environmental Sciences","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2437v1
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The Black Soldier Fly [Hermetia illucens] is a true fly in the family Stratiomyidae and subclass Pterygota. H.illucens has been a topic of interest in the ecological research world for many years. H.illucens possesses special physiological, ethological and ecological...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2436v1
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Nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) is a recently discovered biological process, which has been arousing global attention because of its potential in minimizing greenhouse gases emissions. In this study, molecular biological techniques and potential...

["Agricultural Science","Bioengineering","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2421v1
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Deploying small-mesh drift nets in rivers is a well-established method for sampling drifting fish larvae and eggs. Quantitative comparisons are sometimes made on the basis of numbers of larvae captured per unit volume or time. In this study a GoPro ™ camera was...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2416v1
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Biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) experiments routinely employ common garden designs, drawing samples from a local biota. The communities from which taxa are sampled may not, however, be at equilibrium. To test for temporal changes in BEF relationships, I assembled...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1897v2
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Aim: Barriers continue to be built globally despite their well-known negative effects on freshwater ecosystems. Fish habitats are disturbed by barriers and the connectivity in the stream network reduced. We implemented and assessed the use of barrier data, including...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2112v2
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Grazing extensification and intensification are among the main problems affecting European grasslands. We analyze the impact of grazing intensity (low and moderate) and the use of veterinary medical products (VMPs) on the dung beetle community in the province of...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2358v1
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Despite decades of work in environmental science and ecology, estimating human influences on ecosystems remains challenging. This is partly due to complex chains of causation among ecosystem elements, exacerbated by the difficulty of collecting biological data...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2356v1
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