Biodiversity and Conservation

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).
Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination
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
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– This paper uses an innovative approach that can help to mitigate human-induced avian mortality.
High-throughput metabarcoding reveals the effect of physicochemical soil properties on soil and litter biodiversity and community turnover across Amazonia
Jorge Curiel Yuste –– We need more studies like this one in order to deepen the causal relations between the soil microbiome and aboveground diversity and ecosystem functioning. It is especially important to obtain more information about the drivers of diversity of the microbiome of highly diverse areas of the planet such as the Amazon, currently underrepresented in the databases
Potential changes in the distribution of Carnegiea gigantea under future scenarios
Bruno Marino –– The iconic towering Saguaro, seemingly timeless and unchanging, is vulnerable to climate change. The work by Albuquerque and colleagues provide new insights into how the saguaro may fare under changing climate across the desert landscape of the future. Indigenous Peoples, desert ecologists, policymakers and the public will find this study of relevance when considering the impacts of global warming on the iconic cactus.
Impacts of climate change on infestations of Dubas bug (Ommatissus lybicus Bergevin) on date palms in Oman
Leonardo Montagnani –– This article is important since the research in the projections of host-pathogen interaction in arid tropics is rather limited, although it influences a rapidly increasing human population
Synergy between roads and disturbance favour Bromus tectorum L. invasion
Paolo Giordani –– A new insight on the interactions between biological invasion and land use in a natural environment.
Detection and phylogenetic analysis of adenoviruses occurring in a single anole species
Fernando Spilki –– The manuscript describes 3 different clades of adenoviruses in Anolis sagrei lizards from the Bahamas and Cayman islands.
Global mapping of potential natural vegetation: an assessment of machine learning algorithms for estimating land potential
Patricia Gandini –– An interesting tool for biodiversity management
Biodiversity and Conservation

Section discussions

Characteristics of planktonic and sediment bacterial communities in a heavily polluted urban river

#behavioral dominance interactions between Nicrophorus orbicollis and N. tomentosus burying beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) @thePeerJ

New paper out today on the faunal turnover that affected marine reptiles across the Early-Middle Jurassic transition! @ULiegeRecherche @naturmusee

Happy to share my 1st paper from my #PhD! We show that #pests and #pollinators don't respond to landscape in the same way + that our patterns differ from temperate #agriculture! Small-holders farms need more representation in #research! @SFHCMalawi

Assessment of the impact of land use in an agricultural catchment area on water quality of lowland rivers @thePeerJ

Three very nicely titled papers. One day I just want to piece all large-mammal population estimation & conservation paper titles together in an essay. I think we'll catch a trend. One day.

79 days ago
Just published: Amblyomma and rickettsial SDMs, led by @AedesLady with @TicksRock, @LexiWhite27, and @SadieRyan; part of our tick borne disease mapping mission for @FL_VBDCoE and our @NIH funded EEID R01. via @thePeerJ #medgeo #sickmaps #tickmaps @UFGeog

Rapid decline in mega-gardeners via @thePeerJ