Editor rating: 7 / 10Budiman Minasny –– microbial diversity
Editor rating: 7 / 10Luis 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Budiman Minasny –– A good one
Editor rating: 8 / 10David 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
Editor rating: 7 / 10Marta Sánchez –– This study provide new data on desiccation resistance in aquatic beetles, which is important to understand their presence and distribution in aquatic environments; these data can be relevant in the context of climate change due to the expected drought intensification, particularly important in semi-arid regions
Editor rating: 9 / 10Leon Higley –– It offers data on predator-prey relationships that is clear and convincing.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jennifer Vonk –– The authors are attempting to identify mechanisms by which songbirds may alter their songs as a function of urban environments. The results speak to plasticity and impact of the human environment on indigenous species.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Curtis Daehler –– The authors have produced a software package that will allow users to make comprehensive analyses of coupled demographic-GIS (SDM) population viability models. These analyses will help in the development of effective management plans for rare and endangered species.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Patricia Gandini –– The paper will contribute to a better environmental planning in the installation of wind farms
Editor rating: 7 / 10G Matt Davies –– A rare experimental validation of ecological theory and frequently offered explanations for the spatial structuring of sand-dune ecosystems. This paper goes further than the normal descriptive approach and uses manipulations to discern important interactions and processes
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Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish
Daily Maverick: "Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines"
GeekWire: "Paul Allen’s Great Elephant Census confirms catastrophic decline in Africa"
The Washington Post: "The largest-ever survey of elephants in Africa reveals startling declines"
Huffington Post: "A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching"
Popular Science: "FIRST AFRICA-WIDE ELEPHANT CENSUS SHOWS DROPPING POPULATIONS"
NPR Radio Slot: "Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe"
NPR: "African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent"
Mashable: "Historic census reveals the true plight of Africa's elephants"
The Guardian: "Poaching drives huge 30% decline in Africa's savanna elephants"