Biodiversity and Conservation

The effect of climate change on the distribution of a tropical zoanthid (Palythoa caribaeorum) and its ecological implications

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Anastazia Banaszak –– It addresses the effects of climate change on the distribution of a tropical species
Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– This is an enigmatic species, long-lived species of which little is known.
Coarse- and fine-scale patterns of distribution and habitat selection places an Amazonian floodplain curassow in double jeopardy

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Important information about a threatened and rare bird species.
Biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef—how adequately is it protected?

Editor rating: 6 / 10

James Reimer –– A timely piece on how to protect the biodiversity of the threatened Great Barrier Reef.
DNA metabarcoding of littoral hard-bottom communities: high diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study developed a novel protocol using DNA metabarcoding for characterizing complex hard-bottom communities within marine protected areas of two Spanish National parks. This work provides a very interesting, novel, timely and thorough comparative analysis of COI and 18S markers in the context of marine biomonitoring, and offer a valuable baseline information for future biodiversity assessment of these complex benthic ecosystems.
Is the future already here? The impact of climate change on the distribution of the eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– It suggests that sea snakes are already changing their distribution in response to climate change.
From Chilean Patagonia to Galapagos, Ecuador: novel insights on blue whale migratory pathways along the Eastern South Pacific

Editor rating: 6 / 10

David Johnston –– Article provides new insight into migration of blue whales in coastal South America.
Will the California Current lose its nesting Tufted Puffins?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Agus Santoso –– The vulnerability of Tufted Puffins has recently been raised by the mass mortality in 2016 which appeared to be linked to warming in the North Pacific. This present study projects that the nesting habitat may increasingly become unsuitable by 2050 under global warming, providing quantitative estimates and geographical distribution of the risk.
The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Louise Willemen –– Decision makers need informative maps of wetlands. This study shows the variation in wetland maps resulting from different classification methods and as such highlighting the uncertainty of map classes. The way wetland maps are made impacts the planning and evaluation policies.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.

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Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) feeding #behavior on static fishing gear, effect of SMART (Selective Magnetic and Repellent-Treated) hook deterrent technology, and factors influencing entanglement in bottom longlines https://t.co/j98OJtoESL @thePeerJ https://t.co/7CFTTu50BR

Coarse- and fine-scale patterns of distribution and habitat selection places an Amazonian floodplain curassow in double jeopardy https://t.co/quFXwAlyWN Full Text [PeerJ] #ornithology BRASIL.

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An opportunity for best-practice marine conservation is on the horizon for #Australia #GreatBarrierReef #climatechange #biodiversity Jon Day & Zoe Richards @wamuseum @CurtinUni @jcu https://t.co/IHQYlIpaav @thePeerJ https://t.co/3FTWI1IimS

DNA metabarcoding of littoral hard-bottom communities: high diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers. Well done @owenwangensteen and colleagues! https://t.co/yIa32K3DqR

Proud of my first Honors Fellow, Jenny Archis, whose thesis work was publisehd today! https://t.co/iKPqGvi7Fj

From Chilean Patagonia to Galapagos, Ecuador: novel insights on blue whale migratory pathways along the Eastern South Pacific https://t.co/dSzg5WUBO3 @thePeerJ https://t.co/5AeMTLAOdt

Conserving subterranean relics https://t.co/vUjOVTp8xQ via @thePeerJ

Will the California Current lose its nesting Tufted Puffins? https://t.co/jeqHAwj8l5 @thePeerJ https://t.co/LpND4QcMkS

The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland https://t.co/weyB2H9zM0 via @thePeerJ