Ecology

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Predictions of potential geographical distribution and quality of Schisandra sphenanthera under climate change

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chiyuan Miao –– The study supplies construction and advice for the protection and sustainable utilization of resources, and provides some measures and proposals for the prediction of the distribution and quality of medicinal plants under climate change conditions.
Environmental and spatial drivers of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic characteristics of bat communities in human-modified landscapes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Karen Esler –– Using a novel variation partitioning approach, the authors assessed the relative importance of spatial and environmental drivers of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic aspects of bat communities.
A comprehensive investigation of mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This review article presents a synopsis of more than two decades of mesophotic research in the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore is a very valuable document for all readers interested in mesophytic coral ecosystems.
Reef-scale trends in Florida Acropora spp. abundance and the effects of population enhancement

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Research examining population enhancement in endangered Acropora spp. in Florida - which may have relevance and meaning for coral reefs across the Caribbean.
Investigating the spatial distribution and effects of nearshore topography on Acropora cervicornis abundance in Southeast Florida

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study focuses on an endangered coral species in the Caribbean Sea, and findings from it will facilitate conservation efforts.
Functional, size and taxonomic diversity of fish along a depth gradient in the deep sea

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This article demonstrate that the different measures of diversity which have been examined suggest that the deep areas of the continental slope may be equally or more diverse than assemblages just beyond the continental shelf.
Spatial heterogeneity of physicochemical properties explains differences in microbial composition in arid soils from Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
Patchiness of forest landscape can predict species distribution better than abundance: the case of a forest-dwelling passerine, the short-toed treecreeper, in central Italy

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This paper is an interesting and relevant contribution to the understanding of the process that determine the distribution and abundance of a species in relationship to environmental variables and patchiness. Also it is important because the comparison among different modelling methods, and for the potential of the ideas and methods in conservation biology and in understanding the role of fragmentation. The different methodologies and approaches should be useful in similar studies in other species.
Stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ15N) of soil nematodes from four feeding groups

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A good one
Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– The Convention of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will be discussion elephants and therefore this will be extremely important

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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in Hawaii #coralreef #深海珊瑚 https://t.co/Yw3XXeKLrU via @thePeerJ

Just found this cool paper showing changes in functional diversity along continental slope https://t.co/liUOJhZlKS via @thePeerJ

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Populations Crash! Article: https://t.co/CJisTzWtuT Journal: https://t.co/JMJdQ1Ou4P

Gizmodo: "Exotic 'Twilight Zone' Reef Is Brimming With Unique Forms of Life"
http://gizmodo.com/exotic-twilight-zone-reef-is-brimming-with-unique-forms-1787410501

The Japan Times: "Reef life found to be thriving in ‘twilight zone’ off Maui"
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/05/world/science-health-world/reef-life-found-thriving-twilight-zone-off-maui/#.V_RPGPBri71

Maui Time: "Researchers discover unique species and extensive coral in deep reefs off Maui"
http://mauitime.com/news/science-and-environment/researchers-discover-unique-species-and-extensive-coral-in-deep-reefs-off-maui/

The Smithsonian: "Here’s What Scientists Found in Hawaii’s Mysterious “Twilight Zone”"
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-scientists-found-hawaiis-mysterious-twilight-zone-180960682/?no-ist

Maui Now: "Findings Made at Hawaiian Archipelago’s “Oceanic Twilight Zone” "
http://mauinow.com/2016/10/04/findings-made-at-hawaiian-archipelagos-oceanic-twilight-zone/

The Christian Science Monitor: "Scientists are happily surprised by life in Hawaii's 'twilight zone'"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1004/Scientists-are-happily-surprised-by-life-in-Hawaii-s-twilight-zone

Wired: "Hawaii’s Mysterious Coral Reefs Turn Out to Be Super Weird"
https://www.wired.com/2016/10/hawaiis-mysterious-coral-reefs-turn-super-weird/

The Guardian: "Scientists discover hidden world of Hawaii's coral 'twilight zone'"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/04/scientists-discover-hidden-world-of-hawaiis-coral-twilight-zone

Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish
http://ecosistemas.ovacen.com/elefantes-africanos-extincion/

Daily Maverick: "Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines"
http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-08-30-counting-africas-beleaguered-elephants-massive-two-year-census-finds-alarming-declines/#.V9BKfphriUl