Biodiversity and Conservation

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Diversity of fish sound types in the Pearl River Estuary, China

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– This paper lays the foundations for the use of fish sounds as a way of monitoring a divers ecological assemblage.
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Illegal use of natural resources in federal protected areas of the Brazilian Amazon

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– This topic is of great interest for the management of protected natural areas
Taxonomic overview of the hyperdiverse ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Darren Ward –– x-ray microtomography
The landscape of fear conceptual framework: definition and review of current applications and misuses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Roper –– Over time, the concept that organisms have to avoid predation and agonistic interactions has been studied and examined in ecology. The landscape of fear idea is an attempt to unify these ideas conceptually and bring together commonalities from a variety of areas of ecology. Thus, this concept and its elaboration may be applicable in a wide variety of ecological settings, include both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
Experimental moose reduction lowers wolf density and stops decline of endangered caribou

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Byrne –– While the study design is not perfect (BACI) due to a lack of replication, given the limitations of this type of intervention and the scale at which it was undertaken, the study remains a significant contribution to the field and could have significant real world impacts. However, the paper may be controversial, as is often the case with large-scale wildlife management projects.
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.
Quid est Clea helena? Evidence for a previously unrecognized radiation of assassin snails (Gastropoda: Buccinoidea: Nassariidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– The paper provides new information about accurate identification of a series of invasive carnivorous snails. It is thus of interest to both mollusk taxonomists and researchers involved in the protection of environment.
Identification of ecogeographical gaps in the Spanish Aegilops collections with potential tolerance to drought and salinity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– Identifying crop diversity is a high-priority concern for being able to cope with our ever-changing environment. This is a noteworthy observation of germplasm collections that may have future impact if the study moves forward.
Climate, soil or both? Which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub species?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A new analysis looking at the influence of soil on shrubs

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Cool work on new NIS records in Mediterranean marinas: hubs for 'small'-scale introd of mar invertebr https://t.co/l49df5R8ZK @thePeerJ

Illegal activities in protected areas https://t.co/MNRt8jICNM vía @thePeerJ

New paper by curator Dr. Ellen Strong talks about new radiation of assasin snails! https://t.co/zfj7zs4Rbc https://t.co/vk4YZFph50

New paper with @gaurav_agavekar @EconomoLab #newspecies #India #ants #microCT @sketchfab https://t.co/7c1Zxq7j1M https://t.co/XFchVwWJFH

Moose reduction stops caribou decline https://t.co/hqCaio5RQ2 via @thePeerJ

Energetics and evasion dynamics of #pumas vs hounds https://t.co/XpBOLN4LJz

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My article published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/k0i9SW5kIB #AgriculturalScience #Biodiversity #Biogeography #Ecology

Climate, soil or both? Which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub… https://t.co/A79KLScW2p @thePeerJ https://t.co/OOMXR610pv

Brazilian Amazon still plagued by illegal use of natural resources
http://www.nature.com/news/brazilian-amazon-still-plagued-by-illegal-use-of-natural-resources-1.22830

To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762

Forget wolf culls: researcher says more moose and deer hunting would help B.C. caribou
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-caribou-wolf-cull-1.4269660

New York Times: "Hunting Moose in Canada to Save Caribou From Wolves"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/science/moose-wolves-caribou.html

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829091032.htm

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbpk4/hunt-moose-to-save-caribou-that-are-killed-by-wolves-scientists-say?utm_source=mbtwitter

How do you help save endangered caribou? Stop the invading moose!
http://blog.abmi.ca/2017/08/29/how-do-you-help-save-endangered-caribou-stop-the-invading-moose/#.WaZ_fJOGOqC

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-aat082317.php#.WaVTzfuJKtk.facebook

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou Conservation often requires difficult decisions
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/