Biodiversity and Conservation

Twisted tale of the tiger: the case of inappropriate data and deficient science
Barry Brook –– Useful critical reflections on the difficulties of accurately monitoring rare species in difficult-to-access habitats, and the uncertainties that arise when analysing field data.
A new species of terrestrial frog of the genus Noblella Barbour, 1930 (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from the Llanganates-Sangay Ecological Corridor, Tungurahua, Ecuador
Joseph Gillespie –– Important advancement on frog systematics
Molecular evidence that the Channel Islands populations of the orange-crowned warbler (Oreothlypis celata; Aves: Passeriformes: Parulidae) represent a distinct evolutionary lineage
Michael Wink –– good study on an important topic
Taxonomic revision of black salamanders of the Aneides flavipunctatus complex (Caudata: Plethodontidae)
Tomas Hrbek –– An artfully constructed taxonomic paper that draws on multiple lines of compelling evidence, from historical information to incorporating classical as well as modern data sources. The authors also evaluate the conservation status of these taxa and sending a clear message to the readers of the importance of integrative taxonomic studies.
Children’s attitudes towards animals are similar across suburban, exurban, and rural areas
Patricia Gandini –– This study shows that children are disconnected form nature regardless where they growth up, highlighting the need to educate about the importance of wildlife in the schools as an important tool in biodiversity conservation
Extinction risk of narrowly distributed species of seed plants in Brazil due to habitat loss and climate change
Jasmine Janes –– Highlights important conservation scenarios and demonstrates that current conservation-based status of many species may not be sufficient.
The aridity index governs the variation of vegetation characteristics in alpine grassland, Northern Tibet Plateau
Jianhua Xu –– Ecologists will be interested in this article.
BioDinamica: a toolkit for analyses of biodiversity and biogeography on the Dinamica-EGO modelling platform
Patricia Gandini –– A New software and toolkits to be used at large scales seeming easy to use for the whole scientific community
Monitoring the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar with freely available Google Earth imagery
Alastair Culham –– This is an original and resourceful use of Google imagery in monitoring plant distributions.
Population demography of Oldham’s leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii) in protected and disturbed habitats in Thailand
Lisa Schwanz –– This article provides valuable information for conservation of Asian turtles
Biodiversity and Conservation

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Barrick et al. examine plastic additives and the challenges these present in ecotox hazard assessment Read the full @PeerJLife article @Cawthron_NZ @AucklandUni #Ecotoxicology #EnvironmentalImpacts

Our paper is out today @thePeerJ: Optimizing speleological monitoring efforts: insights from long-term data for tropical iron caves #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Caves #Speleology

@jgwieringa's paper on modeling bat migration is now available in @thePeerJ Nice work Jamin!! #AnimalBehavior #Biogeography #Ecology #Zoology @EEOB_OSU

A quantitative assessment of site-level factors in influencing Chukar (Alectoris chukar) introduction outcomes @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #Mycology #PlantScience

A quantitative comparison of towed-camera and diver-camera transects for monitoring #coral reefs - New research from @A_K_Cresswell @aims_gov_au @uwanews @MasseyUni published in @PeerJLife #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBio

A #NewSpecies Meiogyne oligocarpa (#Annonaceae), named from Yunnan, China published in @PeerJLife #Biodiversity #MolecularBiology #PlantScience #Taxonomy

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #PublicHealth #RespiratoryMedicine #EnvironmentalImpacts #SpatialandGeographicInformationScience