Aquatic Biology

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Mitochondrial diversity in Gonionemus (Trachylina:Hydrozoa) and its implications for understanding the origins of clinging jellyfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A genetic approach to the first examination of invasion history of a harmful (to humans) group of jellyfish; this work will form the basis for future detailed examinations.
A transdisciplinary approach to the initial validation of a single cell protein as an alternative protein source for use in aquafeeds

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– The paper could be of great interest due to the actual limitations of proteins to fed aquatic animals.
Sympathy for the devil: a conservation strategy for devil and manta rays

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– This is a large-scale, multi-author work combining a review of ray conservation with suggestions for future conservation strategy.
Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The use of e-DNA for ecological surveys is an important development of interest to a broad range of scientists.
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.

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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

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#Christians need some sympathy for the devil – devil rays that is. https://t.co/MkXSfhzFzi #sharkweek #creationcare @arochaint #saveourseas https://t.co/NhYw51A026

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

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New work w/ Annette Govindarajan @thePeerJ https://t.co/K8tukf6dpy #Biodiversity #Biogeography #MarineBiology https://t.co/1B5Fm19oMw

New pub - single cell protein to make #aquaculture feed @KnipBio @AndrewLRhyne @BowenLab1 @F3Challenge @thePeerJ https://t.co/VsdhOx58I8

Clinging to a jellyfish link
http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/04/24/clinging-jellyfish-link/

Stinging clinging jellyfish on the move
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/stinging-clinging-jellyfish-on-the-move

WHOI researchers find link between local jellyfish and Russian species
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170423/whoi-researchers-find-link-between-local-jellyfish-and-russian-species

Tracing the puzzling origins of clinging jellyfish
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170418094506.htm

Beautiful Science
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/beautiful-science-7

Clinging Jellyfish History: Biologist Govindarajan Found The Puzzling Origins
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/13072/20170421/clinging-jellyfish-history-biologist-govindarajan-found-the-puzzling-origins.htm

Tracing the puzzling origins of clinging jellyfish
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-puzzling-jellyfish.html