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While conservation management has made tremendous strides in the last few decades, the decision of knowing where and how to invest (often) small surveying budgets for biodiversity data collection remains a central hurdle for impactful conservation decision making....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2828v1
7 downloads
24 views

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most abundant sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea, where commercial fishing appears to be the main driver of mortality. So far, information on sea turtle bycatch in Italy is limited both...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2826v1
11 downloads
109 views

Background. Restoration of degraded forest ecosystem is crucial for regional sustainable development. To protect the country’s fragile and fragmented environment, the Chinese government has initiated an ecological engineering, the Natural Forest Protection Program...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2773v2
13 downloads
81 views

I used radio-telemetry to track the movements of Mangrove Cuckoos (Coccyzus minor) captured in southwest Florida. Relatively little is known about the natural history of Mangrove Cuckoos, and my goal was to provide an initial description of how individuals use...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2798v1
43 downloads
69 views

Demographic characteristics of bats are often insufficiently described for modeling populations. In data poor situations, experts are often relied upon for characterizing ecological systems. In concert with the development of a matrix model describing Indiana bat...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2790v1
79 downloads
275 views

Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order:...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2481v2
35 downloads
208 views

The goal of educating the public about environmental and conservation issues is found in the mission statements of almost every zoo in the world. In order to effectively teach their visitors, zoos must understand how they are communicating with their public. In...

["Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2754v2
26 downloads
61 views

Tourism today is moving towards sustainable approaches because the industry poses significant threats to the environment. This includes a shift in construction type: to building structures that aim to coexist with their surroundings. One example of this is the...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2750v1
135 downloads
591 views

1) Environmental bulk samples often contain many taxa with biomass differences of several orders of magnitude. This can be problematic in DNA metabarcoding and metagenomic high throughput sequencing approaches, as large specimens contribute disproportionate amounts...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2561v2
218 downloads
1,145 views

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) was the first species to be classified as threatened with extinction based on predictions of future conditions rather than current status. These predictions were made using expert-opinion forecasts of population declines linked...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2737v1
106 downloads
676 views

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
8 downloads
102 views

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
30 downloads
104 views

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
17 downloads
75 views

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
73 downloads
101 views

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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