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.
Fitness benefits and costs of shelters to the sea urchin Glyptocidaris crenularis
Oren Levy –– A study in understanding sea urchin biology
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.
Munidopsis species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munidopsidae) from carcass falls in Weijia Guyot, West Pacific, with recognition of a new species based on integrative taxonomy
Juan J. Morrone –– Very interesting analysis describing a new species from an unusual place.
Chronic trace metals effects of mine tailings on estuarine assemblages revealed by environmental DNA
Craig Moyer –– This manuscript describes the use of eDNA as indicator of meiofaunal community changes, in order to observe effects caused by metals from mining tailings in an impacted estuary.
Spatio-temporal patterns of the oceanic conditions and nearshore marine community in the Mid-Atlantic Bight (New Jersey, USA)
Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis –– As the expert reviewer commented, this article is extremely important as it directly addresses potential climate change and impacts on fisheries resources and marine faunal communities, which are obviously threatened due to these environmental alterations.
Combining simulation modeling and stable isotope analyses to reconstruct the last known movements of one of Nature’s giants
Jason Blackburn –– This is a unique and interesting approach and should improve how such data are interpreted for future studies.
The planktonic stages of the salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are tolerant of end-of-century pCO2 concentrations
Mark Costello –– Ocean acidification is a hot topic and sometimes framed as an impending disaster but with little evidence. It is refreshing to see such a detailed and comprehensive study on these marine crustacean larvae which shows they can accommodate changes in pH without impacting their survival and growth.
Aquatic Biology

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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.