Aquatic Biology

A revised Holocene coral sea-level database from the Florida reef tract, USA
Bruno Marino –– This work sets a new standard for Holocene sea-level reconstruction and will prove valuable to diverse studies of climate change impacts on oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Effects of low pH and feeding on calcification rates of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus
Erik Cordes –– This article is of particular significance because it tests the hypothesis that increased feeding can sustain growth of cold-water corals in a low-pH environment. This has been suggested by numerous authors, but direct evidence of this effect has been hard to come by. I expect that this methodology will be followed in future studies in other cold-water coral species to test the universality of this concept.
Comparative analysis of bacterial communities associated with healthy and diseased corals in the Indonesian sea
Linda Kelly –– The article complements disease studies in a region with limited prior descriptions. The research examined several disease states simultaneously, which is uncommon. The sample set is not extremely comprehensive, which limits the efficacy, but it still constitutes a well executed study.
Bleaching and post-bleaching mortality of Acropora corals on a heat-susceptible reef in 2016
Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study indicates how moderate environmental stressors are rapidly selecting for stress resistance genotypes in corals.
Switching between standard coral reef benthic monitoring protocols is complicated: proof of concept
Magnus Johnson –– This is a good example of a robust approach to dealing with variation between survey methods in coral reef ecology. It may serve as a good example beyond the field of coral reef ecology.
Munidopsis species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munidopsidae) from carcass falls in Weijia Guyot, West Pacific, with recognition of a new species based on integrative taxonomy
Juan J. Morrone –– Very interesting analysis describing a new species from an unusual place.
Chronic trace metals effects of mine tailings on estuarine assemblages revealed by environmental DNA
Craig Moyer –– This manuscript describes the use of eDNA as indicator of meiofaunal community changes, in order to observe effects caused by metals from mining tailings in an impacted estuary.
Spatio-temporal patterns of the oceanic conditions and nearshore marine community in the Mid-Atlantic Bight (New Jersey, USA)
Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis –– As the expert reviewer commented, this article is extremely important as it directly addresses potential climate change and impacts on fisheries resources and marine faunal communities, which are obviously threatened due to these environmental alterations.
Combining simulation modeling and stable isotope analyses to reconstruct the last known movements of one of Nature’s giants
Jason Blackburn –– This is a unique and interesting approach and should improve how such data are interpreted for future studies.
The planktonic stages of the salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are tolerant of end-of-century pCO2 concentrations
Mark Costello –– Ocean acidification is a hot topic and sometimes framed as an impending disaster but with little evidence. It is refreshing to see such a detailed and comprehensive study on these marine crustacean larvae which shows they can accommodate changes in pH without impacting their survival and growth.
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A new chapter in our jellyfish benthic stages search published in @PeerJ! This paper by @ju_vbtv, @VanderveerHenkW and me documents first in situ find of polyps and podocysts of 2 common North Sea jellyfish species. Found hiding inside bivalve shells. 1/11

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