Biodiversity and Conservation

Phytoregionalisation of the Andean páramo

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Victoria Sosa –– Its global scale, considering all plant communities from the Andean Biodiversity hotspots is important
Change of niche in guanaco (Lama guanicoe): the effects of climate change on habitat suitability and lineage conservatism in Chile

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Bruno Marino –– Climate change in Chile may affect historic habitats for the guanaco, however, these changes are uncertain. This study presents insights into perturbation of guanaco habitat and implications for conservation of the lineage. The study has implications for past, present and future guanaco studies.
Altitudinal patterns in breeding bird species richness and density in relation to climate, habitat heterogeneity, and migration influence in a temperate montane forest (South Korea)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Bruno Marino –– This report offers clear management strategy for vertical habitat heterogeneity, such as vegetation cover, for the conservation of breeding bird diversity in South Korea. The results of the study offer conservation options for the region given the potential pressures from anthropogenic enchroachment and climate change.
The effect of climate change on the distribution of a tropical zoanthid (Palythoa caribaeorum) and its ecological implications

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Anastazia Banaszak –– It addresses the effects of climate change on the distribution of a tropical species
Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– This is an enigmatic species, long-lived species of which little is known.
DNA metabarcoding of littoral hard-bottom communities: high diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study developed a novel protocol using DNA metabarcoding for characterizing complex hard-bottom communities within marine protected areas of two Spanish National parks. This work provides a very interesting, novel, timely and thorough comparative analysis of COI and 18S markers in the context of marine biomonitoring, and offer a valuable baseline information for future biodiversity assessment of these complex benthic ecosystems.
Is the future already here? The impact of climate change on the distribution of the eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– It suggests that sea snakes are already changing their distribution in response to climate change.
Will the California Current lose its nesting Tufted Puffins?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Agus Santoso –– The vulnerability of Tufted Puffins has recently been raised by the mass mortality in 2016 which appeared to be linked to warming in the North Pacific. This present study projects that the nesting habitat may increasingly become unsuitable by 2050 under global warming, providing quantitative estimates and geographical distribution of the risk.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.

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Here's our latest lab publication Aqui nuestra última contribución Environmental niche of guanaco in Chile https://t.co/aKh59SHbrE via @thePeerJ

Altitudinal patterns in breeding #bird species richness and density in relation to climate, habitat heterogeneity, and migration influence in a temperate montane forest (South Korea) https://t.co/gVdKCYbXsA @thePeerJ https://t.co/aI9iXHeyhc

Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding #behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines https://t.co/j98OJtoESL @thePeerJ https://t.co/7CFTTu50BR

DNA metabarcoding of littoral hard-bottom communities: high diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers. Well done @owenwangensteen and colleagues! https://t.co/yIa32K3DqR

Proud of my first Honors Fellow, Jenny Archis, whose thesis work was publisehd today! https://t.co/iKPqGvi7Fj

Conserving subterranean relics https://t.co/vUjOVTp8xQ via @thePeerJ

Will the California Current lose its nesting Tufted Puffins? https://t.co/jeqHAwj8l5 @thePeerJ https://t.co/LpND4QcMkS

Hot off the press – The contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot! https://t.co/5O6fZBPI8M #Biogeography #Evolution #Neotropics @GGBC_GU @thePeerJ