Biodiversity and Conservation

Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
The interplay between habitat structure and chemical contaminants on biotic responses of benthic organisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– A novel approach examining habitat complexity and marine diversity, and what happens when contaminants are introduced into the system. The results show the effects of habitat complexity disappear when contaminants are introduced - a major take-away point to help us understand what happens in marine ecosystems under pollution pressure.
Bone indicators of grasping hands in lizards

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– It address the concept of grasping and its evolution using novel techniques.
Plastome data reveal multiple geographic origins of Quercus Group Ilex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– The oak genus Quercus is well studied, yet has always presented questions with regard to its confusing and confounding evolutionary history based on analyses of different phylogenetic data sets. The current study uses wide-scale sampling and analyses to show how polyphyletic plastome origins and potential unidirectional introgression may have shaped the evolutionary history of this commercially important group.
Testing the potential of a ribosomal 16S marker for DNA metabarcoding of insects

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– This could be a very generally useful tool.
The macroevolution of size and complexity in insect male genitalia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Leon Higley –– Diversity in genital structures is a longstanding biological conundrum, and this papers helps resolve some of the mystery.
Sequencing 16S rRNA gene fragments using the PacBio SMRT DNA sequencing system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christine Josenhans –– platform comparison for NGS high throughput sequencing; implementation of novel platform based on PacBio SMRT sequencing for 16S amplicon sequencing. These technologies are of prime importance in the ever-growing field of microbiome/microbiota research
Pre- and post-experimental manipulation assessments confirm the increase in number of birds due to the addition of nest boxes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jenny Renaut –– A long-term study with important significance in forest and biodiversity management
Broad-scale sampling of primary freshwater fish populations reveals the role of intrinsic traits, inter-basin connectivity, drainage area and latitude on shaping contemporary patterns of genetic diversity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William Amos –– This study is important because of its large and comprehensive geographic coverage. It should provide an excellent comparison point for future studies on other taxa, whether fish or not.
Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Costanza –– A new way of looking at species importance.

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My 'Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics' article was published 2 years ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/m7wpOrXCtT

My article 'Pre- and post-experimental manipulation assessments confirm the increase in number of birds due to the addition of nest boxes' published in PeerJ has 1,111 views! I love #OpenAccess @thePeerJ

Our paper on the interplay between habitat structure and contaminants was published 1 year ago @thePeerJ https://t.co/4lXB9mfsST @mgmatias81

@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