Aquatic Biology

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Density-dependent changes in the distribution of Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis) in the breeding ground Peninsula Valdés

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– An important long term study that show how populations change to different conditions and how to sample this variations, an important tool to conserve and protect right whales
An experimental comparison of composite and grab sampling of stream water for metagenetic analysis of environmental DNA

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Toonen –– There is considerable (and still growing) interest in eDNA methods for environmental monitoring and research, making empirical studies such as this that help to better understand the methodological peculiarities of the approach both interesting and important.
Diurnal and seasonal variation of particle and dissolved organic matter release by the coral Acropora tenuis

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Nice work examining variation in coral mucous production across days and seasons.
Three, two, one! Revision of the long-bodied sphaerodorids (Sphaerodoridae, Annelida) and synonymization of Ephesiella, Ephesiopsis and Sphaerodorum

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Examination of an under-studied group of annelids with molecular phylogeny that proposes a clear way forward to resolve their taxonomy.
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.

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

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