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Background. Researchers frequently discuss spatial distribution patterns of species diversity and biomass together with their correlations along geographical gradients. Typical subalpine meadows occur widely on the east of the Loess Plateau, China. In recent years,...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27126v1
49 downloads
196 views

There is a lot of uncertainty about how we pick the best invasive species management strategies to improve the environment, local economy, and human well-being, as invasive species management involves complex and multidimensional challenges. Invasive species management...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27113v1
325 downloads
913 views

From microorganisms to the largest macroorganisms, much of Earth’s biodiversity is subject to forces of physical turnover. Residence time is the ratio of an ecosystem’s size to its rate of flow and provides a means for understanding the influence of physical turnover...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2727v3
1,338 downloads
2,564 views

This manuscript documents a debate between the two authors on the issue of microplastics in the environment. It was sparked by a recent viewpoint article published by G. A. Burton in Environmental Science and Technology (http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b05463)...

["Ecosystem Science","Science Policy","Ecotoxicology","Environmental Contamination and Remediation","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26507v6
66 downloads
200 views

Mating strategies in fishes are known to include polygyny, polyandry and monogamy and provide valuable insights regarding powerful evolutionary forces such as sexual selection. Monogamy is a complex of mating systems that has been relatively neglected. Previous...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Genomics","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27032v1
138 downloads
275 views

Background. Knowledge on the globally outstanding Amazonian biodiversity and its environmental determinants stems almost exclusively from aboveground organisms, notably plants. In contrast, the environmental factors and habitat preferences that drive diversity...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27012v1
122 downloads
280 views

Biological control constitutes one of the world’s prime ecosystems services, and can provide long-term and broad-scale suppression of invasive pests, weeds and pathogens in both natural and agricultural environments. Following (very few) widely-documented historic...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27009v1
48 downloads
210 views

Background. The Chinese government implemented the largest environmental recovery plan in the 1990s, the Grain for Green Project, on the Loess Plateau to prevent soil erosion. Extensive areas of cultivated land were abandoned and then gradually restored with communities...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Natural Resource Management","Ecohydrology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26980v1
107 downloads
167 views

Satellite chlorophyll (chl) observations have repeatedly observed summertime phytoplankton blooms in the North Pacific subtropical gyre (NPSG), a region of open ocean that is far removed from any land-derived or Ekman upwelling nutrient sources. These blooms are...

["Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26961v1
73 downloads
234 views

Background. Sustainable purchasing can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at healthcare facilities (HCF). A previous study found that converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers (DSC, RSC) reduced sharps waste stream GHG by 84% but, in finding transport...

["Ecosystem Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26517v2
79 downloads
145 views

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a powerful analytical tool that is widely used worldwide, as it allows the depiction of the innate complexity of a vast range of biological systems in few seconds. It is a technique based on the spectroscopic properties of suspended particles...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Data Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26934v1
44 downloads
117 views

The long-term evolution of preferences for nature is crucial to conservation projects given their targeted long-term horizons. Neglecting to account for this evolution could lead to undesirable human−nature relationships. This study compares the willingness to...

["Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26917v1
61 downloads
140 views

Changes in the concentration of soil N or its components of the soil may directly affect forestry ecosystem functioning. Thinning of forest stands, a widely used forestry management practice, may transform soil nutrients directly by altering the soil environment,...

["Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Biogeochemistry","Forestry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26916v1
680 downloads
1,615 views

The ongoing evolution of tracer mixing models has resulted in a confusing array of software tools that differ in terms of data inputs, model assumptions, and associated analytic products. Here we introduce MixSIAR, an inclusive, rich, and flexible Bayesian tracer...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26884v1
102 downloads
192 views

Despite its theoretical relationship, the effect of body size on the performance of species distribution models (SDM) has only been assessed in a few studies of terrestrial taxa. We aim to assess the effect of body size on the performance of SDM in river fish....

["Ecosystem Science","Freshwater Biology","Natural Resource Management","Ecohydrology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26874v1
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