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While large mass mortality events (MMEs) are well known for toothed whales, they have been rare in baleen whales due to their less gregarious behaviour. Although in most cases the cause of mortality has not been conclusively identified, some baleen whale mortality...

["Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2707v1
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Huachuca water umbel, Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva, is a federally endangered desert wetland plant restricted to southeastern Arizona, USA, and adjacent portions of Mexico. Very little is known about the factors that influence the species presence, absence,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2699v1
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Plastic pollution has been recognized as a major pollutant of the open ocean, but the extent and impact of plastic pollution on the coral reef environment has yet to be fully understood. In this study, the distribution of both macro- (>5mm) and micro- plastic (<5mm)...

["Conservation Biology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2697v1
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Temperature rise from climate change may completely change geological landscapes and environmental conditions at habitats previously conducive for specific animal species. Together with increasing difficulty in coping with greater fluctuations in temperature between...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2696v1
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Marine debris are a widespread problem that affects every river basin, costal and marine environment ever studied for this pollutant. Its full characterization is paramount in the efforts to identify and abate sources, as well as in the raising filed of risk studies....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2695v1
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Considering the difficulty of breeding endangered species in captivity relative to those in the wild, specific environmental factors such as availability of roaming space and nutrition may be important reasons contributing to the relative lack of procreation capability...

["Animal Behavior","Biochemistry","Conservation Biology","Microbiology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2686v1
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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
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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
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Global change is a central issue in many fields of science, particularly related to climate. One impact of climate change is changing weather patterns. This study focuses on the effects of changes in rainfall on freshwater stream ecosystems. Streams on small tropical...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2674v1
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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
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Mo’orea’s reefs have rebounded from environmental disturbance throughout the years largely due to herbivorous fish that deter damaging algal blooms. This resilience suggests herbivorous fishes act as a keystone species in the coral reef ecosystem, and the greater...

["Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Science Policy","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2657v1
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Background: Gerbera delavayi Franch., a perennial herb native to southwest China, is of important and special value in textile and culture. Its abaxial leaves have a layer of soft fibers, which can be manually peeled, twisted into a yarn, and applied in textiles...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2656v1
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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
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Overproduction of greenhouse gases is driving climate change and increasing the average temperature of oceans worldwide. As a result, organisms are exhibiting behavioral changes and species are shifting their natural distribution. This study aimed to assess the...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2653v1
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How anthropogenic noise pollution affects marine organisms is drawing increasing international concern. There is evidence for anthropogenic noise having negative and harmful effects on the health, development and behavior of many terrestrial species; however, there...

["Conservation Biology","Developmental Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2651v1
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