Biodiversity and Conservation

Remarks on Mastigodiaptomus (Calanoida: Diaptomidae) from Mexico using integrative taxonomy, with a key of identification and three new species
Hugo Sarmento –– Many species of zooplankton from tropical regions have not been described with molecular marker genes. This study provides important data for aquatic ecology and taxonomy.
The Global Museum: natural history collections and the future of evolutionary science and public education
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Finding ways to connect natural history museums is essential to advance biodiversity science.
Viability and management of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) population in the Endau Rompin landscape, Peninsular Malaysia
Beth Polidoro –– This article provides an updated and relatively novel statistically robust analyses of the Endangered Asian Elephant in Malaysia, which will be important for improving on the ground conservation efforts.
Population genetics of swamp eel in the Yangtze River: comparative analyses between mitochondrial and microsatellite data provide novel insights
Lee Rollins –– This article furthers our understanding of the population genetics of this species and, more widely, of protogynous species.
The mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) and the phylogenetic implications
Jia-Yong Zhang –– The new mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) is interesting to discuss the evolution of Coleoptera.
Genetic diversity and population structure of two subspecies of western honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in the Republic of South Africa as revealed by microsatellite genotyping
Ruslan Kalendar –– Studying genetic diversity is very important, and even more so for bee colonies, which are obtained by selection from a very limited source. Hence the big problems for beekeepers who breed bee colonies originating from several sources.
Sagittal spinal morphotype assessment in 8 to 15 years old Inline Hockey players
Liang Gao –– This study assessed the implications of Inline Hockey practice on the sagittal integrative spinal morphotype in adolescent players.
Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM
Robert Toonen –– This study provides empirical evidence that unprofessional reviews can negatively impact career advancement and discourage researchers. As pointed out by the referees, it confirms what many have long suspected. This work highlights the importance of training researchers on how to conduct professional reviews and for editors to take responsibility for unprofessional peer reviewer comments that are passed along to authors.
Effectiveness of water-saving technologies during early stages of restoration of endemic Opuntia cacti in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Timothy Scheibe –– The paper presents a large study on the effectiveness of water-saving technologies in cactus restoration, which should be significant in supporting long-term restoration efforts in Galapagos and elsewhere.
Assessment of North American arthropod collections: prospects and challenges for addressing biodiversity research
Rudiger Bieler –– This is a very relevant and timely review of the state of affairs of North American arthropod collections. Using specimens holdings and digitization efforts as their key metrics, the authors explore the collections' potential for providing much-needed biodiversity data.
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New #marine #nematode species Chromadorina tangaroa from the hull of a research vessel is described in PEERJ https://t.co/uXBJ5v2UCc

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/bhGZ3d455L #AnimalBehavior #Ecology #EcosystemScience

Herbicide applications increase greenhouse gas emissions of alfalfa pasture in the inland arid region of northwest China https://t.co/BiF0FYOOCB @thePeerJ https://t.co/pK4hzxm1BU

Maternal trauma and fear history predict BDNF methylation and gene expression in newborns https://t.co/Syae47B82S @thePeerJ

Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/TicLtr6MJQ #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience #Entomology #Paleontology

New Scientist: "Harsh peer reviewer comments disproportionately affect minorities"
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2231559-harsh-peer-reviewer-comments-disproportionately-affect-minorities/

‘Rude’ peer reviews inflict most damage on women and minorities
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/rude-peer-reviews-inflict-most-damage-women-and-minorities

Science Magazine: "Rude paper reviews are pervasive and sometimes harmful, study finds"
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/rude-paper-reviews-are-pervasive-and-sometimes-harmful-study-finds