Aquatic Biology

Individual behavioral type captured by a Bayesian model comparison of cap making by sponge crabs
Donald Kramer –– The reviewers agree that this is a strong paper, introducing improved methods for statistical analysis to the broad field of behavioral ecology and personality in particular.
Fauna associated with shallow-water methane seeps in the Laptev Sea
Mark Costello –– It is on the fauna of a recently discovered and unusual deep-sea habitat in an area difficult to sample.
Fitness benefits and costs of shelters to the sea urchin Glyptocidaris crenularis
Oren Levy –– A study in understanding sea urchin biology
Diffusion tubes: a method for the mass culture of ctenophores and other pelagic marine invertebrates
James Reimer –– An important step for an understudied basal metazoan group of animals.
Sound production in the Meagre, Argyrosomus regius (Asso, 1801): intraspecific variability associated with size, sex and context
James Reimer –– As one of the reviewers states, this is the most in-depth study on a hot topic in coral reef science.
Mediterranean nekton traits: distribution, relationships and significance for marine ecology monitoring and management
James Reimer –– An impressive dataset of Mediterranean nekton species traits that provides baseline data for future research.
Developing and assessing a density surface model in a Bayesian hierarchical framework with a focus on uncertainty: insights from simulations and an application to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus)
Farzin Shabani –– David L Miller spent lots of time and effort on this MS. I have never seen such detailed feedback on any manuscripts. Thanks again and I do appreciate your significant contribution.
A revised Holocene coral sea-level database from the Florida reef tract, USA
Bruno Marino –– This work sets a new standard for Holocene sea-level reconstruction and will prove valuable to diverse studies of climate change impacts on oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Effects of low pH and feeding on calcification rates of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus
Erik Cordes –– This article is of particular significance because it tests the hypothesis that increased feeding can sustain growth of cold-water corals in a low-pH environment. This has been suggested by numerous authors, but direct evidence of this effect has been hard to come by. I expect that this methodology will be followed in future studies in other cold-water coral species to test the universality of this concept.
Comparative analysis of bacterial communities associated with healthy and diseased corals in the Indonesian sea
Linda Kelly –– The article complements disease studies in a region with limited prior descriptions. The research examined several disease states simultaneously, which is uncommon. The sample set is not extremely comprehensive, which limits the efficacy, but it still constitutes a well executed study.
Aquatic Biology

Section discussions

Кто проживает в горах океана? Astrolirus patricki – семирукие морские звезды, обнаруженные на подводных горах Тихого океана в компании губок, на которые иногда даже по трое забираются. Новый вид назван, конечно же, в честь Патрика, дружочка Спанч Боба.