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Species turnover reveals hidden effects of decreasing nitrogen deposition in mountain hay meadows (2019) PeerJ

Douglas Burns –– Roth et al. present results of an analysis of change in vascular plant community structure at 129 sites in Switzerland over a 15-year period (2003-17) during which atmosp... Read more

Ranking of critical species to preserve the functionality of mutualistic networks using the k-core decomposition

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Anna Traveset –– The article presents new metrics that will shed light in the understanding on the structure of bipartite networks such as those between plants and their mutualists or antagonists.
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Phylogenetic climatic niche conservatism and evolution of climatic suitability in Neotropical Angraecinae (Vandeae, Orchidaceae) and their closest African relatives

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sara Varela –– It adds new data about species niche conservatism while diversification occur
Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article
Metagenomic analysis exploring taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbial communities in Chilean vineyards and surrounding native forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Keith Crandall –– For all of us interested in Chilean wines and keeping the industry healthy and strong as well as for those who would like to do some comparative metagenomics across vineyards around the world, this study represents a great step in building an appropriate database for monitoring the impact of soil microbiome on wine quality.
The adaptive value of habitat preferences from a multi-scale spatial perspective: insights from marsh-nesting avian species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– The reviewers agree with the authors that studies attempting to relate habitat selection to fitness components at a multi-scale level are important and rare in the published literature. The authors have carried out a well designed field study accompanied by a robust analysis.
Random sampling causes the low reproducibility of rare eukaryotic OTUs in Illumina COI metabarcoding

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Much needed study that explores previously unexplored sources of error in metabarcoding studies important for the future of this area of ecology.
Asymmetry of mandibular dentition is associated with dietary specialization in snail-eating snakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– This paper on snakes relates dentition asymmetry to asymmetry of the prey eaten.
Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The use of e-DNA for ecological surveys is an important development of interest to a broad range of scientists.
Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Wratten –– vital work on amphibian movement dynamics

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