Biodiversity and Conservation

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Geophysical upheavals and evolutionary diversification of plant species in the Himalaya

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Ladislav Mucina –– Every review paper synthesizing material from a crucial region such as Himalaya would naturally attract attention.
The effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services at delivering improvements in water quality: lessons for experiments at the landscape scale

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Matthew Wilson –– Statistically-sound evaluation of the effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services is extremely difficult. This paper presents one the first attempts to implement a randomised controlled trial (the statistical gold-standard in evaluation of effectiveness) for watershed management. Along the way, the challenges and limitations of implementing such a scheme are highlighted: thus, the paper will serve as a valuable reference point for others in the field.
Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– A useful and for many probably a necessary overview of the complexities of structuring and origins of Neotropical biodiversity, and the need to pursue cross-disciplinary approaches if we hope to understand Neotropical biodiversity.
Functional responses of a cosmopolitan invader demonstrate intraspecific variability in consumer-resource dynamics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study investigated the effect of predator (green crabs) and prey (mussels) morphology on prey consumption using a consumer-resource dynamics model across native and invasive ranges of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas).
Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– This article represents a novel approach for the study of pollination services where beekeepers' perception should be considered
Assessing bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortality

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– This paper uses an innovative approach that can help to mitigate human-induced avian mortality.
High-throughput metabarcoding reveals the effect of physicochemical soil properties on soil and litter biodiversity and community turnover across Amazonia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jorge Curiel Yuste –– We need more studies like this one in order to deepen the causal relations between the soil microbiome and aboveground diversity and ecosystem functioning. It is especially important to obtain more information about the drivers of diversity of the microbiome of highly diverse areas of the planet such as the Amazon, currently underrepresented in the databases
Potential changes in the distribution of Carnegiea gigantea under future scenarios

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Bruno Marino –– The iconic towering Saguaro, seemingly timeless and unchanging, is vulnerable to climate change. The work by Albuquerque and colleagues provide new insights into how the saguaro may fare under changing climate across the desert landscape of the future. Indigenous Peoples, desert ecologists, policymakers and the public will find this study of relevance when considering the impacts of global warming on the iconic cactus.
Detection and phylogenetic analysis of adenoviruses occurring in a single anole species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Fernando Spilki –– The manuscript describes 3 different clades of adenoviruses in Anolis sagrei lizards from the Bahamas and Cayman islands.
Global mapping of potential natural vegetation: an assessment of machine learning algorithms for estimating land potential

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– An interesting tool for biodiversity management

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Geophysical upheavals and evolutionary diversification of plant species in the Himalaya https://t.co/34KhQAfAR8

Fascinating paper on the real world challenges of carrying out landscape scale experiments. In this case testing payments for ecosystem services to improve water quality in Bolivia. Lots of important lessons. https://t.co/SUubtO4uOe

Our review is out!! "Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research". A large joint effort from many collaborators – spread the word! Freely available at https://t.co/xDUsibVNT5 @GGBC_GU @Harvard @uniofgothenburg @naturvetenskap @strategiskaSSF https://t.co/LQc1Tisvi8

Differences in functional-response curves of invasive green crabs in invaded vs. native regions. Stellar open-access work by @E2ocean and @redlipblenny student Brett Howard #ecology #WomeninScience #ProudColleague https://t.co/4XAG95vaYh https://t.co/MjqditCUN4

Assessing #bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortality https://t.co/gb4XtMqlBN @thePeerJ https://t.co/u3w8xkNK0Q

Find out what determines the 'hidden' diversity in Amazonian rainforests! https://t.co/6NcUa64W32 @GGBC_GU @strategiskaSSF @uniofgothenburg @naturvetenskap

I helped my dear friend Fabio Albuquerque to work on this paper titled "Potential changes in the distribution of Carnegiea gigantea under future scenarios". https://t.co/2hvsweAfhG

New paper out today in @thePeerJ! First one from my PhD! We look at phylogenetics of adenoviruses in dif brown anole pops, and find surprising amt of diversity. Check it out! https://t.co/yUCoXkOOVY @AnthonyGeneva @martijnvdschoot

Imagine world without us / Natural Vegetation developing without obstacles. Yes it would have been much greener planet, except in the areas that are now efficiently irrigated or where soils have been enriched in nutrients / SOC https://t.co/2GMysSRUDI