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Out of thin air: surveying tropical bat roosts through air sampling of eDNA
"eDNA is becoming an established technology for a variety of ecological assessments. This study is rather novel as the authors used eDNA from air. The use of such a method in difficult-to-reach locations, like bat roosts, will open up a lot of new investigative territory."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Mapping the global distribution of invasive pest Drosophila suzukii and parasitoid Leptopilina japonica: implications for biological control
"This manuscript provides interesting perspectives regarding the invasive Drosophila suzukii and parasitoid Leptopilina japonica considering a macroecological perspective."
Daniel Silva, Handling Editor
Environmental and individual determinants of burrow-site microhabitat selection, occupancy, and fidelity in eastern chipmunks living in a pulsed-resource ecosystem
"A well-executed study using a natural population of an often-studied organism to investigate issues of burrow site selection (in the context of microhabitat), and site fidelity. This study should be of interest to behavioral ecologists as well as conservation biologists and other practitioners."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Meta-analytic evidence that allelopathy may increase the success and impact of invasive grasses
"These results will support allelopathy as a potential mechanism that can help explain the significant dominance and impact of invasive grasses despite the rise and fall of allelopathy as a prominent study topic. This research will help to stimulate further research and promote consideration of allelochemical amelioration strategies after invasive grass removal, as a strategy for producing tangible improvements in conservation and restoration outcomes."
Shafique Ahmad, Handling Editor
Role of tea plantations in the maintenance of bird diversity in Anji County, China
"Agroecosystems are increasingly seen is important, not just for human sustenance, but also for conservation of biodiversity. Biodiverse agroecosystems also often benefit from ecosystem services provided by plants, animals, fungi, etc. communities that live in association with the crop or nearby less-impacted areas. This study on birds in tea plantations adds important data to that literature."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Decline in wild bee species richness associated with honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) abundance in an urban ecosystem
"Urban biodiversity – particularly pollination ecosystem services – has always been important for sustaining human communities, and has seen more study in recent years. This paper provides a good assessment of the effect of exotic pollinators on wild pollinators, which is important as many municipalities permit (and sometimes even encourage) the keeping of Apis in yards, etc."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Facilitation of a free-roaming apex predator in working lands: evaluating factors that influence leopard spatial dynamics and prey availability in a South African biodiversity hotspot
"Understanding the behaviour and resource needs of animals, especially for large carnivores living outside protected areas and in human-dominated landscapes is particularly interesting, and relevant to the conservation of many species across the world."
Alan McElligott, Handling Editor
Patch and matrix characteristics determine the outcome of ecosystem engineering by mole rats in dry grasslands
"a very interesting study in a little-explored area"
Giuseppe Fenu, Handling Editor
EcoCountHelper: an R package and analytical pipeline for the analysis of ecological count data using GLMMs, and a case study of bats in Grand Teton National Park
"This could prove to be a very useful stats package for a wide variety of ecological (and other) applications."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Composition of terrestrial mammal assemblages and their habitat use in unflooded and flooded blackwater forests in the Central Amazon
"Biodiversity/community ecology research work in the Amazon is vital for improved conservation of this threatened region."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor

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Wynne et al. @virginia_tech examine uncertainty in projections of future lake thermal dynamics is differentially driven by lake and global climate models Read the full article https://t.co/Pr1TfYeB2f @wynne776 #ComputationalBiology #Ecosystem #ClimateChange

Functional responses of male and female European green crabs suggest potential sex-specific impacts of invasion @thePeerJ https://t.co/h8aaWBsnvy https://t.co/gh5Wq5yeAv

Macrophyte communities as bioindicator of stormwater pollution in rivers: a quantitative analysis Read the full article https://t.co/Db8MxfgqwC #Ecology #PlantScience #FreshwaterBiology

Just published on the IABO Hub - Baseline dynamics of Symbiodiniaceae genera and photochemical efficiency in corals from reefs with different thermal histories Read the full article https://t.co/k1AjtPPZpa #Ecology #MarineBiology #ClimateChange #Biology https://t.co/CMRNNiYGNM

article I handled as editor published today - Integrating robotics into wildlife conservation: testing improvements to predator deterrents through movement @PeerJLife Thanks to the REVIEWERS for their work! https://t.co/gJpDPF25Sg #AnimalBehaviour #ConservationBiology #Zoology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @PeerJLife https://t.co/vY8rkfAKh4 #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #ScienceandMedicalEducation #Human-ComputerInteraction #DataScience

Carral-Murrieta et al. @usponline present a survey of epibiont hydrozoans on #Sargassum Read the full article https://t.co/9ZF2QbIQsf @EstradaMariae #Ecology #MarineBiology #Taxonomy #Zoology

Sympatric sloths adapt to their surroundings in the face of environmental fluctuations @thePeerJ @thePeerJ https://t.co/zRBeZfW9iY https://t.co/V8TgT1YhxG

Just published! Time series analysis of survival and oviposition cycle duration of Anopheles funestus. Anopheles funestus remains amongst the most neglected, albeit highly competent, malaria vectors. Please have a look and comment! @thePeerJ https://t.co/xF8lKSfnNE

Salinity and pH effects on survival, growth, and reproduction of quagga mussels @thePeerJ https://t.co/UaSjrFN7tf https://t.co/5w8pyeBkQe

Science4 FEB 2023 2:26 AM AEDTShare Decline in Wild Bee Species Linked to Urban Honey Bees

Decline in wild bee species richness associated with honey bee abundance in an urban ecosystem