Aquatic Biology

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Effectiveness of five personal shark-bite deterrents for surfers

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Scientific work examining the efficacy of shark deterrents - this work is sure to catch the attention of a wide range of people both in marine biology and the general public.
Metabolism in a deep hypertrophic aquatic ecosystem with high water-level fluctuations: a decade of records confirms sustained net heterotrophy

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– There are too few studies on long-term aquatic metabolism in subtropical environments.
Effects of temperature and salinity stress on DNA methylation in a highly invasive marine invertebrate, the colonial ascidian Didemnum vexillum

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Peter Prentis –– This manuscript is one of the first to examine environmental epigenomics in any invasive species.
Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes associated with the sporobiota in sediments impacted by wastewater

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– As the AE mentions, this study is of importance for showing a previously unknown pathway of antibiotic resistance transmission.
Effects of sandfish (Holothuria scabra) removal on shallow-water sediments in Fiji

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Just as the reviewers and AE stated, loss of sea cucumbers is a global problem - and this study shows just how important these ecosystem engineers can be in ecosystem function.
Infection by Parorchis acanthus (Trematoda) decreases grazing by the keystone gastropod, Littoraria irrorata

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– This work examines the ecological importance of parasites, a topic that could be on great significance yet has received little research attention.
The effect of tides on nearshore environmental DNA

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Toonen –– There is considerable interest in eDNA, and concurrent debate about the utility, reliability and temporal resolution of the approach. This paper contributes an important understanding of the reliability and temporal scale over which this technique can resolve community differences for tidally-influenced nearshore waters.
Out of Asia: mitochondrial evolutionary history of the globally introduced supralittoral isopod Ligia exotica

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
Optimization of antioxidative peptides from mackerel (Pneumatophorus japonicus) viscera

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Carlos Conte-Junior –– There are few papers that explore fish products.

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Shark deterrent study just out in @thePeerJ: A personal deterrent can reduce the risk of shark bites https://t.co/GmawYCZS35 #SharkScience #FreeAccess @Meyer_Sci @conservbytes https://t.co/n6mWAhsek5

Metabolism in a deep hypertrophic aquatic ecosystem with high water-level fluctuations: a decade of records confirms sustained net heterotrophy. DOI: https://t.co/LSlUomD0Y2 vía @thePeerJ KW: #CarbonSource #EcosystemMetabolism #TropicalReservoir #WaterFluctuations #OpenAccess https://t.co/kXoyTngVYa

Antibiotic resistant spores spread to lake sediment @thePeerJ https://t.co/GtEtrOGIPW #Microbiology #PublicHealth #FreshwaterBiology

Fijian scientist Steven Lee article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/1LcWIg1A7g #Biochemistry #Ecology #MarineBiology #Biogeochemistry @akford1906

The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages https://t.co/TXOB7dyxro https://t.co/QkZN9Zfxz0

Infection by Parorchis acanthus (Trematoda) decreases grazing by the keystone gastropod, Littoraria irrorata https://t.co/DGTYmQtPTE @thePeerJ https://t.co/rXEhpLwSu1

213 days ago
Nearshore eDNA doesn’t change much w tides. But does w shifts in dominant water masses. Finally out! https://t.co/9oVS9nlY7h @eDNAresources @eDNAScience