Biodiversity and Conservation

An exploration of the effect of proprioceptive knee bracing on biomechanics during a badminton lunge to the net, and the implications to injury mechanisms
Justin Keogh –– The results of the study which examined the effect of fatigue, one strategy and knee bracing on a number of knee biomechanical outcomes relevant to injury risk and performance were outlined. In particular, it may be a greater risk of injury performing a backhand rather than forehand lunge shot.
Combining ultraconserved elements and mtDNA data to uncover lineage diversity in a Mexican highland frog (Sarcohyla; Hylidae)
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
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.
Species diversity of drifting fish eggs in the Yangtze River using molecular identification
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– Excellent work on identification of fish species using DNA Barcoding when not possible by morphology!
The effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services at delivering improvements in water quality: lessons for experiments at the landscape scale
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.
Impact of rising sea levels on Australian fur seals
Amanda Ridley –– Linking species ecology and climate change impacts on habitat is an important tool to predict future population growth.
Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research
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
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).
E-cigarettes versus nicotine patches for perioperative smoking cessation: a pilot randomized trial
Raymond Niaura –– There are surprisingly few studies that have compared e-cigarette type products to other methods for cigarette smoking cessation. Although the sample size is small, this study tested ENDs efficacy in a clinically relevant subgroup who are in immediate need of quitting smoking for health reasons.
Distribution, habitat associations, and conservation status updates for the pilose crayfish Pacifastacus gambelii (Girard, 1852) and Snake River pilose crayfish Pacifastacus connectens (Faxon, 1914) of the western United States
Patricia Gandini –– The results of this paper will contribute to the Conservation of the species
Biodiversity and Conservation

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Platygyra verweyi in the Kenting Reef undergoes long-term acclimatization and/or adaptation based on microgeographic and local environmental conditions by altering its combinations of associated Symbiodiniaceae.

Predicting the consequences of global warming on Gentiana lutea germination at the edge of its distributional and ecological range @thePeerJ

It's finally out! Also check out its partner paper to see results from our own sediment cores!

New paper on #paleolimnology, #metals, #geochemistry, and the #GreatLakes! Where the heck do the metals come from? @thePeerJ @UMDNRRI1

Identification of key genes associated with progression and prognosis for lung squamous cell carcinoma @thePeerJ