Editor rating: 8 / 10Budiman Minasny –– Permafrost soil is important
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mónica Medina –– Sharks are important ocean predators that are under major threat in unprotected areas but this study shows that even in protected areas, shark populations are in danger. The authors recommend more stringent measures to protect sharks from overfishing in the Galapagos Islands.
Editor rating: 8 / 10David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
Editor rating: 8 / 10James Reimer –– A novel approach examining habitat complexity and marine diversity, and what happens when contaminants are introduced into the system. The results show the effects of habitat complexity disappear when contaminants are introduced - a major take-away point to help us understand what happens in marine ecosystems under pollution pressure.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors present an interesting new approach to assess the skeletal function and mode of life of extinct echinoderms by using the relationship between stereom structure and the presence of ligament and/or muscles. This is not only relevant for researchers working on the particular group of echinoderms they investigated, but also for all other people working on other echinoderms and other extinct organisms.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– Combined analyses with symbiont-host information in the marine realm are still relatively rare; and this study is generally very well done.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Excellent Article.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James Reimer –– The oak genus Quercus is well studied, yet has always presented questions with regard to its confusing and confounding evolutionary history based on analyses of different phylogenetic data sets. The current study uses wide-scale sampling and analyses to show how polyphyletic plastome origins and potential unidirectional introgression may have shaped the evolutionary history of this commercially important group.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alex Ford –– This paper details a really interesting aggregation and swarm of crabs occurring in the deep sea.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Blanca Landa –– It provides example of use of traditional and novel technique sto address important biologcal questions that can be extrapolated to many other crops
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