Aquatic Biology

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Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
Alien vs. predator: bacterial challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovorax predators

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents interesting data that show how some coral-associated microbes have the capacity to protect their host by predating on alien bacteria.
Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.
Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure across the Belizean Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The conclusions of this paper run contrary to the view that the lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs has greatly reduced populations of small reef fishes.
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Worldwide exploration of the microbiome harbored by the cnidarian model, Exaiptasia pallida (Agassiz in Verrill, 1864) indicates a lack of bacterial association specificity at a lower taxonomic rank

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A very nice study that can serve as one of the first examples of global examination of bacterial communities in a cnidarian species.
Short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not impact the health and acute stress response of adult Atlantic salmon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Conceição –– This article answers a fish welfare concern on farming operations, providing scientific evidence that short-term starvation at low temperature prior to harvest does not have major impact on the health and acute stress response of Atlantic salmon.
Microbial communities in sediment from Zostera marina patches, but not the Z. marina leaf or root microbiomes, vary in relation to distance from patch edge

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerrit Beemster –– The involvement in of the micro biome in the functioning of plants (is it is in animals) is rapidly becoming evident over the recent years. This article is a nice example of this.
Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article

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Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/death-killer-algae/

Corals Are Dying At Hawaii’s Most Popular Snorkeling Spot
http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/06/corals-are-dying-at-hawaiis-most-popular-snorkeling-spot/

Coral Bleaching Threatens One of Hawaii's Most Popular Coral Reefs
https://weather.com/science/environment/news/hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-hawaii-coral-reef-bleaching

Hawaiian Reef in Danger as Bleaching Event Continues
https://www.courthousenews.com/hawaiian-reef-danger-bleaching-event-continues/

Hawaiian corals in peril due to global climate change
http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/05/hawaiian-corals-in-peril-due-to-global-climate-change-001739617.html

New Zealand’s star species could be extinct on mainland by 2060
http://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/new-zealand%E2%80%99s-star-species-could-be-extinct-mainland-2060

The Guardian: "Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/us-coral-reefs-global-warming-climate-change

Huffington Post: "New Zealand’s Iconic Yellow-Eyed Penguins Could Be Extinct Locally In 40 Years"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin-extinct_us_591e9a4ee4b094cdba52e689

New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Trouble
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/

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http://www.courthousenews.com/urgent-action-needed-slow-penguins-slide-extinction-study-claims/