Aquatic Biology

Demographic, ecological, and physiological responses of ringed seals to an abrupt decline in sea ice availability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Seabird McKeon –– The article measures the physiological and ecological responses of an ice-dependent animal to a changing climate (through ice-loss). As such, it is at the leading edge of how climate change will impact species and ecological relationships.
Sponge exhalent seawater contains a unique chemical profile of dissolved organic matter

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The importance of DOM in coral reef ecosystems is just beginning to be appreciated -- this paper is on the leading edge in this research area.
An updated assessment of Symbiodinium spp. that associate with common scleractinian corals from Moorea (French Polynesia) reveals high diversity among background symbionts and a novel finding of clade B

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study reports the diversity of dominant and background symbiotic dinoflagellates in a range of common scleractinian corals from an understudied region (Moorea, Tahiti).
Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds a significant contribution to understanding of plankton ecology in freshwater lakes. As factually noted in the abstract "for the first time simultaneous measurements of metals and P stoichiometry in freshwater phytoplankton are reported." The paper should be of wide interest.
Stress responses of the oil-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii Race B

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ivo Feussner –– This is one of the first in which RNA seq data are made publicly available for this organism.
Effects of arachidonic acid supplementation in maturation diet on female reproductive performance and larval quality of giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Sadasivam Kaushik –– Studies on broodstock nutrition are of interest to improve and ensure progeny performance and for genetic improvement schemes.
Detecting sedimentation impacts to coral reefs resulting from dredging the Port of Miami, Florida USA

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Costanza –– An important and unique piece of empirical evidence about the impacts of dredging on corals
Sexual reproduction in the Caribbean coral genus Isophyllia (Scleractinia: Mussidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This is very much classic work, some would say “old fashioned” but as it has a place in the field of coral reef biology. Scientific data on coral reproduction are scarce and hard to obtain, but they are essential for understanding the basic functional biology and adaptation of these complex organisms.
The potential for self-seeding by the coral Pocillopora spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– The findings from this study are of considerable significance to understand the potential reproductive responsiveness of an ecological important coral species in the French Polynesian region.
Comparative internal anatomy of Staurozoa (Cnidaria), with functional and evolutionary inferences

Editor rating: 9 / 10

James Reimer –– A massive and detailed work which comparatively examines and summarizes the internal anatomy of the class Staurazoa for the first time, illustrated with an enormous set of figures. This manuscript will serve as a useful reference on this understudied group of animals for years to come.

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Arctic species (e.g., #RingedSeals, main food of #PolarBears) are pressured by anthropogenic #ClimateChange & shifts in ecology have resulted in less abundance. Health decline & unpredictable events can combine to have major abundance/distribution effects. https://t.co/5t23fUWjzh

100 downloads of my 'Metal2phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater...' article published in #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/hk4sbX2E6C

Miami Herald: "Mud from PortMiami dredge spurred coral die-off, study finds"
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article116312178.html