Aquatic Biology

Intersexual differences of heat shock response between two amphipods (Eulimnogammarus verrucosus and Eulimnogammarus cyaneus) in Lake Baikal

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Alex Ford –– The research of thermal tolerance and thermal stress between and within species is an important field in the study of changing climates and the ability of organisms to adapt. This manuscript provides some interesting new data on the inter & intra species differences in heat shock protein responses of temperature stress.
Will you swim into my parlour? In situ observations of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) interactions with baited pots, with implications for gear design

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The development of effective fishtraps that allow for diversification of inshore potting fleets would be important for many inshore fishing communities.
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.

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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

I testified to FOPO about #codpots in NL: https://t.co/iUmqaMz2nt #CSEE2017. Also see @codfatherNL's paper https://t.co/WAAcGAr3eT w/UW vids

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