Aquatic Biology

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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.
A 12-year record of intertidal barnacle recruitment in Atlantic Canada (2005–2016): relationships with sea surface temperature and phytoplankton abundance

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Karen Osborn –– This article fills a data gap and makes a nice and believable correlation between phytoplankton abundance and barnacle recruitment.
Mitochondrial DNA hyperdiversity and its potential causes in the marine periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– This article addresses some very basic questions about population genetics, molecular evolution, and genetic diversity
A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This review article presents a synopsis of more than two decades of mesophotic research in the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore is a very valuable document for all readers interested in mesophytic coral ecosystems.
Reef-scale trends in Florida Acropora spp. abundance and the effects of population enhancement

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Research examining population enhancement in endangered Acropora spp. in Florida - which may have relevance and meaning for coral reefs across the Caribbean.
Investigating the spatial distribution and effects of nearshore topography on Acropora cervicornis abundance in Southeast Florida

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study focuses on an endangered coral species in the Caribbean Sea, and findings from it will facilitate conservation efforts.
Functional, size and taxonomic diversity of fish along a depth gradient in the deep sea

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This article demonstrate that the different measures of diversity which have been examined suggest that the deep areas of the continental slope may be equally or more diverse than assemblages just beyond the continental shelf.

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117 days ago
Detecting sedimentation impacts to coral reefs resulting from dredging the Port of Miami, Florida, USA:

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in Hawaii #coralreef #深海珊瑚 via @thePeerJ

Just found this cool paper showing changes in functional diversity along continental slope via @thePeerJ

Miami Herald: "Mud from PortMiami dredge spurred coral die-off, study finds"

Gizmodo: "Exotic 'Twilight Zone' Reef Is Brimming With Unique Forms of Life"

The Japan Times: "Reef life found to be thriving in ‘twilight zone’ off Maui"

Maui Time: "Researchers discover unique species and extensive coral in deep reefs off Maui"

The Smithsonian: "Here’s What Scientists Found in Hawaii’s Mysterious “Twilight Zone”"

Maui Now: "Findings Made at Hawaiian Archipelago’s “Oceanic Twilight Zone” "

The Christian Science Monitor: "Scientists are happily surprised by life in Hawaii's 'twilight zone'"

Wired: "Hawaii’s Mysterious Coral Reefs Turn Out to Be Super Weird"

The Guardian: "Scientists discover hidden world of Hawaii's coral 'twilight zone'"