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Use of semantic segmentation for mapping Sargassum on beaches
"The article proposes an interesting application of deep learning techniques to citizen-collected images of coastal areas, allowing to estimate Sargassum coverage on the beaches. This represents an important contribution to the management of this environmental problem."
Matteo Zucchetta, Handling Editor
Dramatic impact of future climate change on the genetic diversity and distribution of ecologically relevant Western Mediterranean Carex (Cyperaceae)
"Vital new conservation data on two related plants - one common, one much less so - in one of earth’s biodiversity hotspot regions in the context of accelerating climate change."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Animal reactivity to camera traps and its effects on abundance estimate using distance sampling in the Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire
"Large scale assessment of abundance with consideration on biases."
Patrick Bergeron, Handling Editor
Contrasting patterns from two invasion fronts suggest a niche shift of an invasive predator of native bees
"Verdasca and colleagues combine reciprocal distribution models with analyses of niche dynamics to assess areas are most sensitive to invasion while also evaluating for potential niche shifts between invasive and native ranges."
Joseph Gillespie, Handling Editor
Comparison of gut microbiome in the Chinese mud snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis) and the invasive golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata)
"I think this study is pretty unique in that it is looking at microbiomes of two organisms who seem to share a similar niche, but one of which is invasive. This is an interesting approach that may provide information on how well an invasive species can adapt to expand its population in a new geographical range."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
Disturbance has lasting effects on functional traits and diversity of grassland plant communities
"The study shows that short-term disturbance fundamentally changes the functional character of early-successional grassland communities, even if they superficially appear recovered."
Rodolfo Jaffé, Handling Editor
Bird protection treatments reduce bird-window collision risk at low-rise buildings within a Pacific coastal protected area
"Important re: bird conservation."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor
The shadow model: how and why small choices in spatially explicit species distribution models affect predictions
"This article highlights the impacts of seemingly small model choices in developing Species Distribution Models, showing how they can lead to erroneous conclusions about changes in abundance or distribution and the precision of such estimates."
Matteo Zucchetta, Handling Editor
Characterization of habitat requirements of European fishing spiders
"In this study, further information regarding the characterization of habitats of European spiders is provided."
Daniel Silva, Handling Editor
Leopard and spotted hyena densities in the Lake Mburo National Park, southwestern Uganda
"In our current biodiversity crisis and rapidly shifting climate, collecting baseline data is vital. The authors have done this for two important African species, leopards (Panthera pardus) and spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta), and have provided vital conservation data."
Dezene Huber, Handling Editor

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Nest characteristics and composition of the colonial nesting Azure-winged magpie Cyanopica cyanus in South Korea https://t.co/KahhfPCEvG @thePeerJ https://t.co/nQAw3C1EMd

Zarza et al. @elcolef examine fungal diversity in shade-coffee plantations in Soconusco, #Mexico Read the full article https://t.co/Vmdlr6wTd9 #Biodiversity #Conservation #Coffee

A framework for near-real time monitoring of diversity patterns based on indirect remote sensing, with an application in the Brazilian Atlantic #rainforest: https://t.co/CXJkLwJhLv @andrepazv @ana_bosslady #ScienceResearch https://t.co/M2fBtko7q3

Ryburn et al. @UNC conducted an online survey to assess the public’s awareness and perceptions of #seafood #mislabeling Read the full article https://t.co/xdUEI4YVYB #fisheries

High-resolution melting (HRM) curve analysis as a potential tool for the identification of #earthworm species and haplotypes Read the full article https://t.co/JSWr1KHg9y #AgriculturalScience #Biodiversity #Ecology

Highlighted in the State of Active #Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration Collection - Pocillopora spp. growth analysis on restoration structures in an Eastern Tropical Pacific upwelling area Read the full article https://t.co/yCNiejtXIN #Conservation #MarineBio

Intra- and interspecific competition resulting from spatial coexistence among larvae of closely-related caddisflies from the genus Hydropsyche https://t.co/7D1K4sFqes @thePeerJ https://t.co/TrNjDVwYJ5

The role of the river in the functioning of marginal fen: a case study from the Biebrza Wetlands https://t.co/uhOyBfw0S9 @thePeerJ https://t.co/i6N5G8TYMQ

Remote sensing techniques for automated marine mammals detection: a review of methods and current challenges https://t.co/PPHC1nCD6E @thePeerJ