Editor rating: 7 / 10Jean-Lou Justine –– A very complete study with many modern techniques.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Magnus Johnson –– Noise pollution is a really important issue that garners less attention than it should.
Editor rating: 7 / 10María Ángeles Esteban –– This paper use the study of parasites as a bioindicator of host ecology or even host phylogeny.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Marcio Pie –– It is an interesting but poorly known aspect of biodiversity.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Stuart Pimm –– Assesses the impact on land reform on conservation, a key topic not just in Africa, but elsewhere.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Gilles van Wezel –– the update of Swarm will hopefully be a useful bioinformtic tool for those in the field of amplicon sequencing and clustering.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Simon Harvey –– This represents a very long term study and makes recommendations of potentially broad interest.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Rita Castilho –– This paper goes beyond the standard reporting of invasive species distributions to attempt to predict likely future distributions along a long latitudinal gradient. Moreover, modelling of the abundance of an invasive marine species may have implications for conservation.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Stuart Pimm –– Translocation of endangered species is an important technique for conservation. Few studies evaluate it successes — especially when top predators are involved. Yet, there is huge pressure to remove top predators, even when in practice they could be shot. This paper provides the most detailed record of cheetah translocations. They work — sometimes — but the authors make a strong case that the solution will be to manage cheetahs where they love.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Alan Hastings –– Too much theory focuses on the homogeneous cases so this is an important advance
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