Biodiversity and Conservation

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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.
The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– An interesting study that add to the understanding of the evolution of mimicry in egg-cowrie gastropods and also provides a creative learning tool implementation.
Advances in global sensitivity analyses of demographic-based species distribution models to address uncertainties in dynamic landscapes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– The authors have produced a software package that will allow users to make comprehensive analyses of coupled demographic-GIS (SDM) population viability models. These analyses will help in the development of effective management plans for rare and endangered species.
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.

Discussing these articles

https://t.co/HAR1gsJxLW My Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Populations Crash! Article: https://t.co/CJisTzWtuT Journal: https://t.co/JMJdQ1Ou4P

'The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals' #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/k9sT2RShfQ

Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish
http://ecosistemas.ovacen.com/elefantes-africanos-extincion/

Daily Maverick: "Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines"
http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-08-30-counting-africas-beleaguered-elephants-massive-two-year-census-finds-alarming-declines/#.V9BKfphriUl

GeekWire: "Paul Allen’s Great Elephant Census confirms catastrophic decline in Africa"
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/paul-allen-great-elephant-census-decline-africa/

The Washington Post: "The largest-ever survey of elephants in Africa reveals startling declines"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/31/the-largest-ever-survey-of-elephants-in-africa-reveals-startling-declines/

Huffington Post: "A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/elephant-census-poaching_us_57c7573be4b0e60d31dd1580

Popular Science: "FIRST AFRICA-WIDE ELEPHANT CENSUS SHOWS DROPPING POPULATIONS"
http://www.popsci.com/african-savannah-elephant-populations-are-dropping-sharply-census-indicates

NPR Radio Slot: "Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe"
http://www.npr.org/2014/08/18/341409802/often-on-the-move-restless-elephants-are-tough-to-count-and-keep-safe

NPR: "African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent"
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/31/492124724/african-elephant-population-declines-by-30-percent

Mashable: "Historic census reveals the true plight of Africa's elephants"
http://mashable.com/2016/08/31/great-elephant-census-paul-allen/#k55QZ.pZ6sqi

The Guardian: "Poaching drives huge 30% decline in Africa's savanna elephants"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/31/poaching-drives-huge-30-decline-in-africas-savannah-elephants