Biodiversity and Conservation

Data mining in conservation research using Latin and vernacular species names

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Seabird McKeon –– The use of scientific nomenclature is intended to be a standardizing measure across biology. Increasing use of 'big data' approaches and data mining brings the utility of scientific and vernacular names for organisms into question. This paper is one of the first to address the functional differences between the two systems.
Constant and seasonal drivers of bird communities in a wind farm: implications for conservation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– The paper will contribute to a better environmental planning in the installation of wind farms
Hierarchical organization of a Sardinian sand dune plant community

Editor rating: 7 / 10

G Matt Davies –– A rare experimental validation of ecological theory and frequently offered explanations for the spatial structuring of sand-dune ecosystems. This paper goes further than the normal descriptive approach and uses manipulations to discern important interactions and processes
Differences in meiofauna communities with sediment depth are greater than habitat effects on the New Zealand continental margin: implications for vulnerability to anthropogenic disturbance

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Micro- to regional scale analyses of meiofaunal communities, with both evidence of environmental factors and possible influences of trawling and environment (sediment density). This study sets the stage for many different future works.
Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– Organic production is its initial stage sin China and this mansucript can provide information on the advantae and changes of organic vs conventioal production
The impact of an invasive ambrosia beetle on the riparian habitats of the Tijuana River Valley, California

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Well written and timely. Covers some initial information on an introduce species in California, and provides some early-impression natural historical information that will be potentially important in the long-term record.
Rapidly increasing macroalgal cover not related to herbivorous fishes on Mesoamerican reefs

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– This paper can be added to a growing list of recent contributions that find no relationship between seaweed cover and fish abundance on Caribbean reefs. This study is important because of its temporal and spatial scale, which is different from other studies.
Integrative taxonomy of Metrichia Ross (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae: Ochrotrichiinae) microcaddisflies from Brazil: descriptions of twenty new species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Integrative taxonomy combining morphology and molecular data, and 20 new species from Brazil in one fell swoop - nice work.
Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– This manuscript presents a new phylogenetic hypothesis for the stalked jellyfishes, which differs significantly from the traditional taxonomy of the group. It therefore implies a novel view of the evolutionary history of the group.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species

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Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability, maybe some of this applies in all agronony, just sayin. Take 5 mins of your day to read this. https://t.co/ks5kVcqPg0

'Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)' published 1 year ago today #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/StziYCKjBB

@realDonaldTrump What's really going down is the amount of leopard habitat. 63%-75% lost so far, and counting #scijack https://t.co/kAx3CQ1qJ0 https://t.co/iaZriUQK85

Lifegate: "Leopard populations have declined dramatically, new research reveals"
http://www.lifegate.com/people/news/leopard-populations-decline-peerj-study

The Wire: "Not Just Tigers, Our Leopards Are in Trouble As Well – and We’re Ignoring Them"
http://thewire.in/2016/05/06/not-just-tigers-our-leopards-are-in-trouble-as-well-and-were-ignoring-them-34185/

Discovery News: "Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Their Historic Range"
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-historic-range-160505.htm

Newsweek: "Leopards have lost up to 75 percent of their habitat worldwide"
http://www.newsweek.com/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-their-habitat-worldwide-456257

Christian Science Monitor: "Leopard survival requires increased conservation efforts, say scientists"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0504/Leopard-survival-requires-increased-conservation-efforts-say-scientists

Science Magazine: "Leopards have lost three-quarters of their range"
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/leopards-have-lost-three-quarters-their-range

The Guardian: Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-historical-habitat

National Geographic: Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their Territory
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/

New York Times: Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/leopards-are-more-vulnerable-than-believed-study-finds.html