Biodiversity and Conservation

A novel genus and cryptic species harboured within the monotypic freshwater crayfish genus Tenuibranchiurus Riek, 1951 (Decapoda: Parastacidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Keith Crandall –– This paper demonstrates that there is significant hidden diversity still to be discovered and described in this interesting group of Australian freshwater crayfish.
A genome-wide assessment of stages of elevational parapatry in Bornean passerine birds reveals no introgression: implications for processes and patterns of speciation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Scott Edwards –– Novel techniques, interesting geographic setting
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Phylogenetic climatic niche conservatism and evolution of climatic suitability in Neotropical Angraecinae (Vandeae, Orchidaceae) and their closest African relatives

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sara Varela –– It adds new data about species niche conservatism while diversification occur
Mitochondrial diversity in Gonionemus (Trachylina:Hydrozoa) and its implications for understanding the origins of clinging jellyfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A genetic approach to the first examination of invasion history of a harmful (to humans) group of jellyfish; this work will form the basis for future detailed examinations.
Metagenomic analysis exploring taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbial communities in Chilean vineyards and surrounding native forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Keith Crandall –– For all of us interested in Chilean wines and keeping the industry healthy and strong as well as for those who would like to do some comparative metagenomics across vineyards around the world, this study represents a great step in building an appropriate database for monitoring the impact of soil microbiome on wine quality.
The adaptive value of habitat preferences from a multi-scale spatial perspective: insights from marsh-nesting avian species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– The reviewers agree with the authors that studies attempting to relate habitat selection to fitness components at a multi-scale level are important and rare in the published literature. The authors have carried out a well designed field study accompanied by a robust analysis.
Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This manuscript is an important contribution to the knowledge of the almost unknown Siberian Neogene herpetofauna. It deals not solely with detailed anatomical descriptions and taxonomic identification of the specimens, but provides interesting paleobiogeographic hypotheses concerning the origin and dispersion of the taxa, including newly paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental aspects spanning mostly the Oligocene to Pliocene periods. Studied environmental parameters include precipitation rates in the Miocene which are compared to current rainfall values for the region.
Sympathy for the devil: a conservation strategy for devil and manta rays

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– This is a large-scale, multi-author work combining a review of ray conservation with suggestions for future conservation strategy.
Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The use of e-DNA for ecological surveys is an important development of interest to a broad range of scientists.

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299 days ago
#Christians need some sympathy for the devil – devil rays that is. https://t.co/MkXSfhzFzi #sharkweek #creationcare @arochaint #saveourseas https://t.co/NhYw51A026

Novel genus/species in Tenuibranchiurus https://t.co/kxfV616r6p via @thePeerJ

Our new Bornean birds paper w/ KU, LSU, and Intl. colleagues: https://t.co/SwrVsac6lt @thePeerJ #biodiversity @Peter_Hosner @kunhm @LSU_MNS https://t.co/UjHJKIFTnP

369 days ago
Yellow-eyed penguin population in decline, with changes in adult survival related to sea-surface temperature https://t.co/zUhJNV8xNm

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/b0LsLSnUTA #Biodiversity #Biogeography #Ecology #PlantScience

397 days ago
New work w/ Annette Govindarajan @thePeerJ https://t.co/K8tukf6dpy #Biodiversity #Biogeography #MarineBiology https://t.co/1B5Fm19oMw

New Zealand’s star species could be extinct on mainland by 2060
http://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/new-zealand%E2%80%99s-star-species-could-be-extinct-mainland-2060

Huffington Post: "New Zealand’s Iconic Yellow-Eyed Penguins Could Be Extinct Locally In 40 Years"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin-extinct_us_591e9a4ee4b094cdba52e689

New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Trouble
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/

Urgent Action Needed to Slow Penguin’s Slide to Extinction, Study Claims
http://www.courthousenews.com/urgent-action-needed-slow-penguins-slide-extinction-study-claims/

Global warming has put New Zealand's Yellow-eyed penguins on the brink of extinction
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4512200/New-Zealand-s-Yellow-eyed-penguins-brink-extinction.html

Yellow-eyed penguins could be gone by 2060
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/yellow-eyed-penguins-could-be-gone-2060

Popular Science: "New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin is waddling towards extinction"
http://www.popsci.com/new-zealand-yellow-eyed-penguin

National Geographic: "Yellow-Eyed Penguin is Critically Endangered"
http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/animals/yellow-eyed-penguin-is-critically-endangered.aspx

Gizmodo: "These Beloved Penguins May Be Doomed"
http://gizmodo.com/these-beloved-penguins-may-be-doomed-1795255289

The Independent: "New Zealand's iconic yellow-eyed penguins face extinction in 25 years"
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/yellow-eyed-penguins-new-zealand-extinction-25-years-species-kiwi-endangered-otago-peerj-a7738191.html