Biodiversity and Conservation

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Phylogeography and population genetics of the endemic Malagasy bat, Macronycteris commersoni s.s. (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jason Blackburn –– Linkages between geography and bioinformatics are revolutionizing how we think about species, species distributions, and population dynamics.
Method for the quantitative evaluation of ecosystem services in coastal regions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gregory Verutes –– coastal and marine ecosystem services are part of the Earth's life support system. these benefits are vital to nature and people. this article sheds light on the flow of some of these important benefits and how to score them in a cohesive framework.
Optimal control of irrupting pest populations in a climate-driven ecosystem

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– The paper based in a consumer - resource population provides a very well designed model that will help for the design of pest control programs by chosing adequate strategies and timings.
Combining ultraconserved elements and mtDNA data to uncover lineage diversity in a Mexican highland frog (Sarcohyla; Hylidae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Nice paper dwelling deep into the diversity of a rare species complex of Mexican tree frogs that also demonstrates the synergy of 16S rDNA and UCE data in studies of amphibian diversity.
Simultaneous preservation of the DNA quality, the community composition and the density of freshwater oligochaetes for the development of genetically based biological indices

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study provides some of the fundamental method development for using DNA from soft bodied invertebrates in biological monitoring without destroying the specimens.
The effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services at delivering improvements in water quality: lessons for experiments at the landscape scale

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Matthew Wilson –– Statistically-sound evaluation of the effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services is extremely difficult. This paper presents one the first attempts to implement a randomised controlled trial (the statistical gold-standard in evaluation of effectiveness) for watershed management. Along the way, the challenges and limitations of implementing such a scheme are highlighted: thus, the paper will serve as a valuable reference point for others in the field.
Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– A useful and for many probably a necessary overview of the complexities of structuring and origins of Neotropical biodiversity, and the need to pursue cross-disciplinary approaches if we hope to understand Neotropical biodiversity.
Functional responses of a cosmopolitan invader demonstrate intraspecific variability in consumer-resource dynamics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study investigated the effect of predator (green crabs) and prey (mussels) morphology on prey consumption using a consumer-resource dynamics model across native and invasive ranges of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas).
Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– This article represents a novel approach for the study of pollination services where beekeepers' perception should be considered
Assessing bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortality

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– This paper uses an innovative approach that can help to mitigate human-induced avian mortality.

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Phylogeography and population genetics of the endemic Malagasy bat, Macronycteris commersoni s.s. (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) https://t.co/5kuxpfWnL2 @thePeerJ https://t.co/NUPXSImfhO

干潟の恵みの数値化に関する5年間の研究成果がようやく出始めました. A new quantification method for ecosystem services in coastal tidal flats https://t.co/czBMeysadw @thePeerJ

Always nice to start the day with an email saying your article is online. Read all about it here! https://t.co/xaGlj97q24 #pulsedresources #climatechange #pests #ecologicalmodels

There is crazy undescribed frog diversity in the Mexican Highlands — our latest, on the Sarcohyla bistincta complex, in @thePeerJ with @EugeniaZarza @Pardirallus @wh1tney_t & others https://t.co/mUW5ppha6i https://t.co/eeK5foBbkr

Fascinating paper on the real world challenges of carrying out landscape scale experiments. In this case testing payments for ecosystem services to improve water quality in Bolivia. Lots of important lessons. https://t.co/SUubtO4uOe

Our review is out!! "Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research". A large joint effort from many collaborators – spread the word! Freely available at https://t.co/xDUsibVNT5 @GGBC_GU @Harvard @uniofgothenburg @naturvetenskap @strategiskaSSF https://t.co/LQc1Tisvi8

Differences in functional-response curves of invasive green crabs in invaded vs. native regions. Stellar open-access work by @E2ocean and @redlipblenny student Brett Howard #ecology #WomeninScience #ProudColleague https://t.co/4XAG95vaYh https://t.co/MjqditCUN4

Assessing #bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortality https://t.co/gb4XtMqlBN @thePeerJ https://t.co/u3w8xkNK0Q