Editor rating: 7 / 10Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
Editor rating: 7 / 10Luis Eguiarte –– This paper is an interesting and relevant contribution to the understanding of the process that determine the distribution and abundance of a species in relationship to environmental variables and patchiness. Also it is important because the comparison among different modelling methods, and for the potential of the ideas and methods in conservation biology and in understanding the role of fragmentation. The different methodologies and approaches should be useful in similar studies in other species.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mark Costello –– The use of onpen access databases for monitoring biodiversity trends must increase to improve transparency (traceability of data) and expedite societal awareness of the trends in biodiversity from species to ecosystems.
Editor rating: 8 / 10David Roberts –– The Convention of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will be discussion elephants and therefore this will be extremely important
Editor rating: 9 / 10Tomas Hrbek –– provides a very useful tool for ranking conservation priorities based on phylogenetic distinctness
Editor rating: 9 / 10Leon Higley –– It offers data on predator-prey relationships that is clear and convincing.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Marta Riutort –– The article presents new data, both morphological and molecular, supporting a strange pattern of distribution for a parasite. This is probably only a first step but interesting to understand how these animals disperse and differentiate.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– An interesting study that add to the understanding of the evolution of mimicry in egg-cowrie gastropods and also provides a creative learning tool implementation.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Curtis Daehler –– The authors have produced a software package that will allow users to make comprehensive analyses of coupled demographic-GIS (SDM) population viability models. These analyses will help in the development of effective management plans for rare and endangered species.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Seabird McKeon –– The use of scientific nomenclature is intended to be a standardizing measure across biology. Increasing use of 'big data' approaches and data mining brings the utility of scientific and vernacular names for organisms into question. This paper is one of the first to address the functional differences between the two systems.
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Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish
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