Preprints (not yet peer-reviewed)

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Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2943v1
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Primary production due to photosynthesis results in daytime oxygen production across marine and freshwater ecosystems. However, a prevalent, globally-occurring nighttime spike in dissolved oxygen (DO) challenges our traditional assumption that oxygen production...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2935v1
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Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America, and the largest state in the contiguous USA at nearly 700,000 sq. km. Several Texas bumble bee species have shown evidence of declines in portions of their continental ranges, and conservation initiatives...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2932v1
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Schistosomiasis remains a major parasitic disease, endemic in large parts of South America. Five neotropical species of Biomphalaria have been found to act as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni in natural populations, while others have been shown to be susceptible...

["Ecology","Genetics","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2933v1
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The use of insects as indicators of postmortem displacement is discussed in many text, courses and TV shows, and several studies addressing this issue have been published. However, the concept is widely cited but poorly understood, and only a few forensic cases...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2934v1
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1. Stable isotope analysis is a widely used tool for the reconstruction and interpretation of animal diets and trophic relationships. Analytical tools have improved the robustness of inferring the relative contribution of different prey sources to an animal’s diet...

["Computational Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1950v3
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The use of functional traits has increased exponentially in ecology, particularly in attempting to understand plant strategies and ecosystem functioning. This popularity has led to many proposed definitions of functional traits, which in turn has informed recommendations...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2631v2
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Errors in botanical surveying are a common problem. The presence of a species is easily overlooked, leading to false-absences; while misidentifications and other mistakes lead to false-positive observations. While it is common knowledge that these errors occur,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2927v1
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Symbiotic microalgae (Symbiodinium spp.) strongly influence the performance and stress-tolerance of their coral hosts, making the analysis of Symbiodinium communities in corals (and metacommunities on reefs) advantageous for many aspects of coral reef research....

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2925v1
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Radio telemetry is a common tool to monitor animals in many ecosystems. Radio telemetry, or radio tracking, typically uses a tag or collar with a radio transmitter attached to an animal that is monitored by researchers with a receiver. This technique is used for...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2922v1
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Patterns underpin ecological theories and paradigms. While over a dozen ecological patterns are considered to be classic or even law-like, most are divided among non-overlapping theories and subfields. As a result, ecology lacks a holistic understanding for how...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1469v3
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Spinosaurids (Diapsida: Spinosauridae) and sphenacodontids (Synapsida: Sphenacodontidae) share not only a characteristic tall neural spines, but also an atypical – compared to their close respective relatives – ecology, i.e. apparently piscivorous and possibly...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2917v1
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Backgroung: With the implementation of the Household Production Responsibility System in China almost 30 years ago, obvious spatial heterogeneity has developed over rangeland. Methods: We examined lifeform functional groups over 5 years on household ranches in...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2915v1
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Recruitment is a key demographic step for population persistence. This paper focuses on understanding barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides) recruitment. In rocky intertidal habitats from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast of Nova Scotia (Canada), winter ice scour is common....

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2914v1
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Crop domestication is an adaptive process that transforms a wild plant into a domesticated species that can reared and maintained for human use. Though there are hundreds of thousands of flowering plant species, only a small fraction has ever been domesticated....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2902v1
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