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Hackerott et al. (2017) report that Indo-Pacific lionfish “had no apparent effect on native prey communities” (p. 9) on continuous reef-sites of the Belizean Barrier Reef (BBR). Based on a lack of observational evidence, they challenge existing evidence for the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3455v1
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Background. Native meliponines are currently threatened by increased human impacts. The assessment of their genetic variation by microsatellite DNA markers can assist in the conservation of populations and help in the planning and establishment of efficient management...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3382v1
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The sixth mass extinction poses an unparalleled quantitative challenge to conservation biologists. Mathematicians and ecologists alike face the problem of developing models that can scale predictions of extinction rates from populations to the level of a species,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Statistics","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3367v1
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Experimenting with new and unconventional restoration methods and designs is critical to advancing the field of ecological restoration. Conventional methods cannot be considered reliable in a future with climate change-induced shifts in weather conditions, species...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3365v1
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Long-term time series are necessary to better understand population dynamics, assess species' conservation status, and make management decisions. However, population data are often expensive, requiring a lot of time and resources. When is a population time series...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3168v2
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Freshwater fishes often exhibit high genetic population structure due to the prevalence of dispersal barriers (e.g., waterfalls) whereas population structure in diadromous fishes tends to be weaker and driven by natal homing behaviour and/or isolation by distance....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3284v1
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Connectivity between populations plays a key role in the long-term persistence of species in fragmented habitats. It is an issue of concern for the preservation of biodiversity in drylands since landscapes in water limited environments are characterized by low...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3273v1
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The whale shark Rhincodon typus is an endangered, highly migratory species with a wide, albeit patchy, distribution through tropical oceans. Ten aerial survey flights along the southern Mozambican coast, conducted between 2004–2008, documented a relatively high...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3029v2
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Species distribution models (SDMs) have become important and essential tools in conservation and management. However, SDMs built with count data, commonly referred to as species abundance models (SAMs), are still less used so far. SDMs are increasingly used now...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Data Mining and Machine Learning"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3240v1
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Emerging genomic technologies are reshaping the field of molecular ecology. However, many modern genomic approaches (e.g., RAD-seq) require large amounts of high quality template DNA. This poses a problem for an active branch of conservation biology: genetic monitoring...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Genomics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3209v1
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Landscapes of Fear (LOF), the spatially explicit distribution of perceived predation risk as seen by a population, is increasingly cited in ecological literature and has become a frequently used “buzz-word”. With the increase in popularity, it became necessary...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2840v4
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Coral reefs supply millions of people with ecosystem goods and services, especially those living along tropical coastlines. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming pace. In the Caribbean, the rate of coral loss is high (5.5 – 9.2% per year)...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3148v1
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Background. Understanding constraints to the distribution of threatened species may help to ascertain whether there are other suitable sectors for reducing the risks associated with species that are recorded in only one protected locality, and to inform about the...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3136v1
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The expansion of moose into southern British Columbia caused the decline and extirpation of woodland caribou due to their shared predators, a process commonly referred to as apparent competition. Using an adaptive management experiment, we tested the hypothesis...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3108v1
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Extinction models vary in the information they require, the simplest considering the rate of certain sightings only. More complicated methods include uncertain sightings and allow for variation in the reliability of uncertain sightings. Generally extinction models...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3095v1
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