Editor rating: 9 / 10Luis 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– A taxonomic paper with an interesting story and a solid dataset!
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Donald Kramer –– Although only dealing with a single invasive species, it is a very thorough and interesting analysis of the potential for oil rigs to move fish (and potentially other marine species) around the world.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Ronaldo Francini-Filho –– Tech tools for coral reef research are emerging fast and boosting science
Editor rating: 9 / 10Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Hixon –– This study provides insight on the size of the founding introduced population that gave rise to one of the worst marine invasions in history.
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