Biodiversity and Conservation

Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper describes an agent based model that novelly integrates land use impacts in northern Alberta in ways that will be useful elsewhere.
An integrative systematic revision and biogeography of Rhynchocalamus snakes (Reptilia, Colubridae) with a description of a new species from Israel

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– makes a significant contribution to a very poorly known group of snakes
Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds a significant contribution to understanding of plankton ecology in freshwater lakes. As factually noted in the abstract "for the first time simultaneous measurements of metals and P stoichiometry in freshwater phytoplankton are reported." The paper should be of wide interest.
The effect of changing topography on the coordinated marching of locust nymphs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Spacing in animals during migration is an interesting topic, not yet particularly well investigated. Understanding it is important in locust swarming, given that the species is an invasive pest. The findings also have relevance to moving groups of other species.
Malagasy Conostigmus (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea) and the secret of scutes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– A new methodology applied for taxonomic studies
Biology of tiny animals: three new species of minute salamanders (Plethodontidae: Thorius) from Oaxaca, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Describes species and characterizes the taxonomic diversity of this enigmatic group of salamanders, and provides a conservation assessment of species of this group.
Hyainailourine and teratodontine cranial material from the late Eocene of Egypt and the application of parsimony and Bayesian methods to the phylogeny and biogeography of Hyaenodonta (Placentalia, Mammalia)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– An important review of new early Eocene carnivorous placentals that draws on both parsimony and Bayesian methods for phylogeny reconstruction.
The potential for self-seeding by the coral Pocillopora spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– The findings from this study are of considerable significance to understand the potential reproductive responsiveness of an ecological important coral species in the French Polynesian region.
Analyzing pathogen suppressiveness in bioassays with natural soils using integrative maximum likelihood methods in R

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– There is a need for more manuscriot addressing models to answer biological questions
Comparative internal anatomy of Staurozoa (Cnidaria), with functional and evolutionary inferences

Editor rating: 9 / 10

James Reimer –– A massive and detailed work which comparatively examines and summarizes the internal anatomy of the class Staurazoa for the first time, illustrated with an enormous set of figures. This manuscript will serve as a useful reference on this understudied group of animals for years to come.

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Our 'Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach' article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/MryDq1WMHZ #

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Newly discovered salamanders may be doomed
http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Newly-discovered-salamanders-may-be-doomed-10634227.php#photo-11854520

Tiny Salamanders Represent Three New Species
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/science/tiny-salamanders-represent-three-new-species.html?_r=0

Sale temps pour les microsalamandres
http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2016/11/21/sale-temps-pour-les-microsalamandres_5035370_1650684.html#meter_toaster

Three matchstick-sized salamander species discovered, already dying out
http://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/new-species/three-matchstick-sized-salamander-species-discovered-already-dying-out

Gizmodo: Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders
http://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-discovered-three-adorably-tiny-new-sala-1788975331

Berkeley News: Newly discovered salamander species, world’s smallest, already endangered
http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/newly-discovered-salamander-species-worlds-smallest-already-endangered/

National Geographic: 3 Tiny Salamander Species Found, Each Smaller Than a Coin
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/salamanders-amphibians-mexico-endangered/