Editor rating: 8 / 10Jason Blackburn –– Linkages between geography and bioinformatics are revolutionizing how we think about species, species distributions, and population dynamics.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Tomas Hrbek –– Nice paper dwelling deep into the diversity of a rare species complex of Mexican tree frogs that also demonstrates the synergy of 16S rDNA and UCE data in studies of amphibian diversity.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Matthew 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Bruno 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Fernando Spilki –– The manuscript describes 3 different clades of adenoviruses in Anolis sagrei lizards from the Bahamas and Cayman islands.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Tomas Hrbek –– A near complete phylogeny of the group, and a fine study that makes initial strides in disentangling the potential drivers of differences in speciation rates between benthivorous and planktivorous clades.
Section Editor rating: 8 / 10Patricia Gandini –– The paper contribute to the knowledge of an the Amazonian Biodiversity and of an unknown Amazonian anfibia
Editor rating: 8 / 10Philip Cox –– The many different scanning methodologies now available are being used across many different research fields. Thus, the results of this study of high interest to researchers in a variety of disciplines.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Kara Hoover –– Comprehensive approach to reviewing literature and available data focused on primate conservation in critical zones.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Victoria Sosa –– Its global scale, considering all plant communities from the Andean Biodiversity hotspots is important
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