Biodiversity and Conservation

Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Wratten –– vital work on amphibian movement dynamics
Counting complete? Finalising the plant inventory of a global biodiversity hotspot

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Richard Cowling –– This article is important because it focuses on an area that is both well known and extraordinarily species-rich. So there are lots of insights useful for estimating species numbers in other hotspots, a currently "hot" topic.
Vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada): an annotated checklist of an Arctic flora

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Cowling –– The paper represents a comprehensive inventory in a remote area vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It will form the basis for a monitoring programme that will likely reveal important trends in biotic change.
Demographic, ecological, and physiological responses of ringed seals to an abrupt decline in sea ice availability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Seabird McKeon –– The article measures the physiological and ecological responses of an ice-dependent animal to a changing climate (through ice-loss). As such, it is at the leading edge of how climate change will impact species and ecological relationships.
In situ morphometric survey elucidates the evolutionary systematics of the Eurasian Himantoglossum clade (Orchidaceae: Orchidinae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

David Roberts –– Brings together and adds more knowledge of this clade, including new data thus representing a monograph
The DNA methylation level against the background of the genome size and t-heterochromatin content in some species of the genus Secale L

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– With reference genomes taking shape and becoming ready; background experiments to build hypotheses on genome structure are still relevant. Though a clear answer may not have been presented here, a negative result is not necessarily unhelpful; another approach should be contemplated.
Diversity and distribution of the Caddisflies (Insecta: Trichoptera) of Ecuador

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Nicely written, concise, and complete. An article that exemplifies good scientific writing and communication.
Comprehensive transcriptome analysis provides new insights into nutritional strategies and phylogenetic relationships of chrysophytes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very insightful piece of work for the ecophysiology of chrysophytes.
An updated assessment of Symbiodinium spp. that associate with common scleractinian corals from Moorea (French Polynesia) reveals high diversity among background symbionts and a novel finding of clade B

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study reports the diversity of dominant and background symbiotic dinoflagellates in a range of common scleractinian corals from an understudied region (Moorea, Tahiti).
Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogenetics of the Idarnes incertus species-group (Hymenoptera, Agaonidae, Sycophaginae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It involves the description of many species of a highly diverse group.

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Arctic species (e.g., #RingedSeals, main food of #PolarBears) are pressured by anthropogenic #ClimateChange & shifts in ecology have resulted in less abundance. Health decline & unpredictable events can combine to have major abundance/distribution effects. https://t.co/5t23fUWjzh

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New #roadecology research describes tunnel-fencing system for mitigating road impacts on newts https://t.co/LdNRfEgful