Editors' Picks

Adaptive divergence for rapid adversarial optimization
Charles Elkan –– Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are an exciting development in machine learning, but it is hard to make them work in practice, and they can require a lot of training data. This research is a significant step towards making GANs more usable.
Resampling-based methods for biologists
Andrew Gray –– This is an important and accessible introduction to resampling-based methods that should be of interest to researchers and teachers in a wide range of disciplines, despite its focus on ecological examples.
Home range size and habitat use of the blue-crowned laughingthrush during the breeding season
Patricia Gandini –– The paper provides knowledge about a poorly studied endangered species
Contemporary diets of walruses in Bristol Bay, Alaska suggest temporal variability in benthic community structure
Claire Paris –– Methods are not perfect as there was a lack of replicates for some of the stations sampled.
Revegetation pattern affecting accumulation of organic carbon and total nitrogen in reclaimed mine soils
Marco Cavalli –– This article could have important implications on the choice of a proper reclamation approach in mine soils. The results of this work show that grasslands are more favorable than woodlands for SOC and TN accumulation in the mine areas of Loess Plateau.
Short-term effects of thinning on the development and communities of understory vegetation of Chinese fir plantations in Southeastern China
Renato Benesperi –– Human disturbance threats biodiversity and affects the species composition of forest ecosystems. How to combine forestry with the conservation of biodiversity has become a major issue in the last decades, data on this topic are still crucial.
Bovine tuberculosis breakdown duration in cattle herds: an investigation of herd, host, pathogen and wildlife risk factors
Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez –– Novel approaches to bovine tuberculosis disease dynamics
Rapid digitization to reclaim thematic maps of white-tailed deer density from 1982 and 2003 in the conterminous US
Michael Jenkins –– It makes information in archival maps available in a more quantitative format.
High variability within pet foods prevents the identification of native species in pet cats’ diets using isotopic evaluation
Dezene Huber –– This is something that many pet owners would be interested in.
Temporal and spatial variability of terrestrial diatoms at the catchment scale: controls on communities
Rodolfo Jaffé –– The lack of knowledge of terrestrial diatoms hinders their potential use as environmental markers in various environmental applications. This manuscript studies seasonal patterns and the role of different disturbances on diatom community composition across the Attert River Basin (Luxembourg). The paper nicely illustrates how terrestrial diatoms can be used to identify anthropogenic disturbances.

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