Biodiversity and Conservation

Effects of cost surface uncertainty on current density estimates from circuit theory
Rodolfo Jaffé –– This paper assesses the sensitivity of current density estimates from circuit theory to varying relative cost values, fragmentation, and number of cost classes. Results reveal a low sensitivity of current density estimates to relative costs weights, suggesting that the measure may be reliable for landscape planning applications.
A novel curation system to facilitate data integration across regional citizen science survey programs
Nigel Yoccoz –– Taxonomic issues (that the same taxon can have different names depending on the sources) are an important but often neglected problem for scientific as well as citizen science based surveys. This paper provides an interesting system for resolving such differences and provide an homogenized dataset.
Influence of hydropower stations on the water microbiota in the downstream of Jinsha River, China
Donald Baird –– Another instance of changes in river microbiota in response to human development - in this case, a major hydropower scheme.
A novel histozoic myxosporean, Enteromyxum caesio n. sp., infecting the redbelly yellowtail fusilier, Caesio cuning, with the creation of the Enteromyxidae n. fam., to formally accommodate this commercially important genus
María Ángeles Esteban –– The importance and interest of the taxonomic revisions within Myxozoa are crucial because of the presence of many paraphyletic and polyphyletic systematic groups.
Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary history of the endemic land snail genus Everettia in northern Borneo
Nikolay Poyarkov –– A cool study where authors use phylogeny of endemic land snails to understand the impact of climate and geology on the formation of tropical biodiversity in the island of Borneo.
Sharing for science: high-resolution trophic interactions revealed rapidly by social media
Petteri Muukkonen –– It uses rather novel data source (social media), which have recently more popular data source even in the ecoligical studies
Addressing incomplete lineage sorting and paralogy in the inference of uncertain salmonid phylogenetic relationships
Agnes Dettai –– This paper provides an interesting and in depth analysis, the authors test various filters to generate datasets representing different aspects of the tetrasomic genome of Salmonids, highlighting the conflicts of the subsets.
A new species of frog (Terrarana, Strabomantidae, Phrynopus) from the Peruvian Andean grasslands
Diogo Provete –– This paper describes a new species of direct-developping frog from a remote location in the Peruvian Andes. It's one step further in documenting frog biodiversity in the Neotropics.
A new large canopy-dwelling species of Phyllodytes Wagler, 1930 (Anura, Hylidae) from the Atlantic Forest of the state of Bahia, Northeastern Brazil
Patricia Gandini –– A detailed description of a anuran species. An importante taxonómica Study with great importance for Conservation
Historical museum collections and contemporary population studies implicate roads and introduced predatory bullfrogs in the decline of western pond turtles
Todd Anderson –– Important work taking advantage of archival data and on a broad group of organisms (reptiles) that often suffers from a lack of research interest.
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Barrick et al. examine plastic additives and the challenges these present in ecotox hazard assessment Read the full @PeerJLife article @Cawthron_NZ @AucklandUni #Ecotoxicology #EnvironmentalImpacts

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #Mycology #PlantScience

A quantitative comparison of towed-camera and diver-camera transects for monitoring #coral reefs - New research from @A_K_Cresswell @aims_gov_au @uwanews @MasseyUni published in @PeerJLife #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBio

A #NewSpecies Meiogyne oligocarpa (#Annonaceae), named from Yunnan, China published in @PeerJLife #Biodiversity #MolecularBiology #PlantScience #Taxonomy

Just published in @PeerJLife - @PanditPranav et al. @ucdavis present a retrospective study on admission trends of #Californian #hummingbirds found in urban habitats (1991–2016) Read the full article #Conservation #Biology #Ecology #Zoology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #PublicHealth #RespiratoryMedicine #EnvironmentalImpacts #SpatialandGeographicInformationScience

Plum and Labonte @ImperialBioeng present #scAnt—an open-source platform for the creation of 3D models of #arthropods Read the full @PeerJLife article #Bioengineering #ConservationBiology #Entomology