Parents know best: transgenerational predator recognition through parental effects
Robert Toonen –– This paper demonstrates that exposure to predators alters not only the behavior of individuals exposed to predators, but also shows cross-generational predator avoidance patterns by prey species.
Conservation implications of using an imitation carnivore to assess rarely used refuges as critical habitat features in an alpine ungulate
Donald Kramer –– This study uses an experimental approach to identify escape terrain in a large mammal and highlights the danger of neglecting such critical but rarely used habitats in conservation planning.
Epiphytic bryophyte biomass estimation on tree trunks and upscaling in tropical montane cloud forests
Leonardo Montagnani –– I appreciate the linkage between tree size and the presence of epiphytes, opening a novel method for their quantification.
Temporal and spatial variability of terrestrial diatoms at the catchment scale: controls on productivity and comparison with other soil algae
Maria del Carmen Portillo –– The study investigates the seasonal and spatial patterns of diatom assemblages and the role of environmental factors on the soil diatom productivity. The results indicate that diatom productivity is mainly controlled by factors related to soil moisture availability leading to seasonal patterns, whereas the concentration of green algae remained stable over the course of the study period. Generally, anthropic disturbed habitats contained less living diatom cells than undisturbed habitats. Also, diatoms can be the dominant algal group at periods of the year with high soil moisture.
Addressing initialisation uncertainty for end-to-end ecosystem models: application to the Chatham Rise Atlantis model
Andrew Robinson –– This article provides a useful case study on the effects of variability in the starting state of a simulation model.
Resampling-based methods for biologists
Andrew Gray –– This is an important and accessible introduction to resampling-based methods that should be of interest to researchers and teachers in a wide range of disciplines, despite its focus on ecological examples.
Home range size and habitat use of the blue-crowned laughingthrush during the breeding season
Patricia Gandini –– The paper provides knowledge about a poorly studied endangered species
Contemporary diets of walruses in Bristol Bay, Alaska suggest temporal variability in benthic community structure
Claire Paris –– Methods are not perfect as there was a lack of replicates for some of the stations sampled.
Revegetation pattern affecting accumulation of organic carbon and total nitrogen in reclaimed mine soils
Marco Cavalli –– This article could have important implications on the choice of a proper reclamation approach in mine soils. The results of this work show that grasslands are more favorable than woodlands for SOC and TN accumulation in the mine areas of Loess Plateau.
Short-term effects of thinning on the development and communities of understory vegetation of Chinese fir plantations in Southeastern China
Renato Benesperi –– Human disturbance threats biodiversity and affects the species composition of forest ecosystems. How to combine forestry with the conservation of biodiversity has become a major issue in the last decades, data on this topic are still crucial.

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Life-history traits and intra-cohort divergence of clearhead icefish (Protosalanx chinensis), indicating cannibalism increased fitness @thePeerJ

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Earthworms accelerate rice straw decomposition and maintenance of soil organic carbon dynamics in rice agroecosystems @thePeerJ

Role of reactive oxygen species and isoflavonoids in soybean resistance to the attack of the southern green stink bug @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Anthropology #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology #FoodScienceandTechnology