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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.
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.
Multilocus molecular systematics of the circumtropical reef-fish genus Abudefduf (Pomacentridae): history, geography and ecology of speciation

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas 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.
A Pan-Amazonian species delimitation: high species diversity within the genus Amazophrynella (Anura: Bufonidae)

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– The paper contribute to the knowledge of an the Amazonian Biodiversity and of an unknown Amazonian anfibia
Low resolution scans can provide a sufficiently accurate, cost- and time-effective alternative to high resolution scans for 3D shape analyses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Philip 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.
Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservation

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kara Hoover –– Comprehensive approach to reviewing literature and available data focused on primate conservation in critical zones.
Phytoregionalisation of the Andean páramo

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Victoria Sosa –– Its global scale, considering all plant communities from the Andean Biodiversity hotspots is important
Change of niche in guanaco (Lama guanicoe): the effects of climate change on habitat suitability and lineage conservatism in Chile

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Bruno Marino –– Climate change in Chile may affect historic habitats for the guanaco, however, these changes are uncertain. This study presents insights into perturbation of guanaco habitat and implications for conservation of the lineage. The study has implications for past, present and future guanaco studies.
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

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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.

I helped my dear friend Fabio Albuquerque to work on this paper titled "Potential changes in the distribution of Carnegiea gigantea under future scenarios".

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! @AnthonyGeneva @martijnvdschoot

new time-calibrated phylogeny of Abudefduf damselfishes inferred using 500 Ultra Conserved Elements Multilocus molecular systematics of the circumtropical reef-fish genus Abudefduf (Pomacentridae): history, geography and ecology of speciation

4 #newspecies of small Amazonian toads from #Brazil, #Ecuador, #FrenchGuiana, and #Peru. 4 novas espécies de sapinhos da Amazônia. 1 delas encontrada na região da polêmica usina de #BeloMonte. #novaespécie #taxonomia #sistemática #biodiversidade

144 days ago
An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #EvolutionaryStudies #Zoology

Our article on global primate conservation has been published today in @thePeerJ @QueenFireface @PrimConsOBU @BorneoNature @IUCN_Gibbon #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology

Here's our latest lab publication Aqui nuestra última contribución Environmental niche of guanaco in Chile via @thePeerJ