Ecology

Optimization of viral resuspension methods for carbon-rich soils along a permafrost thaw gradient

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– Permafrost soil is important
Largest global shark biomass found in the northern Galápagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mónica 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.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
The interplay between habitat structure and chemical contaminants on biotic responses of benthic organisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James 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.
Understanding form and function of the stem in early flattened echinoderms (pleurocystitids) using a microstructural approach

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth 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.
Insights into the morphology of symbiotic shrimp eyes (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae); the effects of habitat demands

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Combined analyses with symbiont-host information in the marine realm are still relatively rare; and this study is generally very well done.
Growth and physiological responses of submerged plant Vallisneria natans to water column ammonia nitrogen and sediment copper

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Excellent Article.
Plastome data reveal multiple geographic origins of Quercus Group Ilex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James 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.
A crab swarm at an ecological hotspot: patchiness and population density from AUV observations at a coastal, tropical seamount

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alex Ford –– This paper details a really interesting aggregation and swarm of crabs occurring in the deep sea.
Differences in stability of seed-associated microbial assemblages in response to invasion by phytopathogenic microorganisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca 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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Our paper on the interplay between habitat structure and contaminants was published 1 year ago @thePeerJ https://t.co/4lXB9mfsST @mgmatias81

@realDonaldTrump What's really going down is the amount of leopard habitat. 63%-75% lost so far, and counting #scijack https://t.co/kAx3CQ1qJ0 https://t.co/iaZriUQK85

Lifegate: "Leopard populations have declined dramatically, new research reveals"
http://www.lifegate.com/people/news/leopard-populations-decline-peerj-study

The Wire: "Not Just Tigers, Our Leopards Are in Trouble As Well – and We’re Ignoring Them"
http://thewire.in/2016/05/06/not-just-tigers-our-leopards-are-in-trouble-as-well-and-were-ignoring-them-34185/

Discovery News: "Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Their Historic Range"
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-historic-range-160505.htm

Newsweek: "Leopards have lost up to 75 percent of their habitat worldwide"
http://www.newsweek.com/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-their-habitat-worldwide-456257

Christian Science Monitor: "Leopard survival requires increased conservation efforts, say scientists"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0504/Leopard-survival-requires-increased-conservation-efforts-say-scientists

Science Magazine: "Leopards have lost three-quarters of their range"
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/leopards-have-lost-three-quarters-their-range

The Guardian: Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-historical-habitat

National Geographic: Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their Territory
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/

New York Times: Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/leopards-are-more-vulnerable-than-believed-study-finds.html

Huffington Post: "Scientists Spy Rare Carpet Of Crabs Swarming Across Deep Sea Floor"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scientists-film-swarming-crabs_us_570d291ae4b0836057a27f72