Biodiversity and Conservation

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Investigating the spatial distribution and effects of nearshore topography on Acropora cervicornis abundance in Southeast Florida

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study focuses on an endangered coral species in the Caribbean Sea, and findings from it will facilitate conservation efforts.
The origin of widespread species in a poor dispersing lineage (diving beetle genus Deronectes)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article uses up-to-date methodologies and new data to analyse an issue that is in between biogeography, phylogeny and ecology, which is very interesting since many ecological work does not have into account evolution, and many times also evolutionary work does not have into account how habitats can affect organisms histories and evolutionary success.
Functional, size and taxonomic diversity of fish along a depth gradient in the deep sea

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This article demonstrate that the different measures of diversity which have been examined suggest that the deep areas of the continental slope may be equally or more diverse than assemblages just beyond the continental shelf.
Spatial heterogeneity of physicochemical properties explains differences in microbial composition in arid soils from Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
Patchiness of forest landscape can predict species distribution better than abundance: the case of a forest-dwelling passerine, the short-toed treecreeper, in central Italy

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This paper is an interesting and relevant contribution to the understanding of the process that determine the distribution and abundance of a species in relationship to environmental variables and patchiness. Also it is important because the comparison among different modelling methods, and for the potential of the ideas and methods in conservation biology and in understanding the role of fragmentation. The different methodologies and approaches should be useful in similar studies in other species.
Digital Accessible Knowledge and well-inventoried sites for birds in Mexico: baseline sites for measuring faunistic change

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– The use of onpen access databases for monitoring biodiversity trends must increase to improve transparency (traceability of data) and expedite societal awareness of the trends in biodiversity from species to ecosystems.
Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– The Convention of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will be discussion elephants and therefore this will be extremely important
I-HEDGE: determining the optimum complementary sets of taxa for conservation using evolutionary isolation

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– provides a very useful tool for ranking conservation priorities based on phylogenetic distinctness
You can hide but you can’t run: apparent competition, predator responses and the decline of Arctic ground squirrels in boreal forests of the southwest Yukon

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Leon Higley –– It offers data on predator-prey relationships that is clear and convincing.
Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus (Monogenea, Diplectanidae), a parasite of deep-sea groupers (Serranidae) occurs transatlantically on three congeneric hosts (Hyporthodus spp.), one from the Mediterranean Sea and two from the western Atlantic

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article presents new data, both morphological and molecular, supporting a strange pattern of distribution for a parasite. This is probably only a first step but interesting to understand how these animals disperse and differentiate.

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Great to see, @LAevolving! Add in our broad survey of well-inventoried sites for birds of Mexico:

Just found this cool paper showing changes in functional diversity along continental slope via @thePeerJ My Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Populations Crash! Article: Journal:

Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish

Daily Maverick: "Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines"

GeekWire: "Paul Allen’s Great Elephant Census confirms catastrophic decline in Africa"

The Washington Post: "The largest-ever survey of elephants in Africa reveals startling declines"

Huffington Post: "A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching"


NPR Radio Slot: "Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe"

NPR: "African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent"

Mashable: "Historic census reveals the true plight of Africa's elephants"

The Guardian: "Poaching drives huge 30% decline in Africa's savanna elephants"