Ecology

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Do latitudinal gradients exist in New Zealand stream invertebrate metacommunities?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jianjun Wang –– Revealing latitudinal gradients via the lens of metacommunity on islands, such as New Zealand, is rare and importantly complementary for previous studies at continent scales.
Impact of polystyrene microplastics on Daphnia magna mortality and reproduction in relation to food availability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chris Vulpe –– This article provides an interesting example of behavioral adaptation to microplastics pollution in a freshwated aquatic ecosystem. The work suggests additional work should be done in other ecosystems to assess if behavioral adaptation may mitigate the effects of microplastic pollution.
The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– I agree with the one reviewer who notes the novelty and utility of this work. This is particularly true in this era of pollinator decline.
Predicting Pinus monophylla forest cover in the Baja California Desert by remote sensing

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Winkler –– Use of remote sensing data to evaluate ecological/ biodiversity data that otherwise would be difficult to obtain.
Pollination implications of the diverse diet of tropical nectar-feeding bats roosting in an urban cave

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jenny Renaut –– The article is providing nice information and will rise interest for the people working in the field of pollinators and ecosystem services.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Large-scale assessment of commensalistic–mutualistic associations between African birds and herbivorous mammals using internet photos

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Interesting source of underlying data. May be applicable in other systems.
Repeatability of glucocorticoid hormones in vertebrates: a meta-analysis

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dany Garant –– Nice overview of published literature on the topic.
Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Experiments demonstrate that although ants are frequent floral visitors and they carry pollen, they are not effective pollinators and they may even be detrimental to reproduction in a rare plant.
Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Roper –– Over time, too many models have been applied under the assumption that they are effective without adequately testing whether they indeed do predict anything. This paper illustrates the issues with that approach and lays down a framework under which future models may be developed and tested.

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Do latitudinal gradients exist in New Zealand stream invertebrate metacommunities? https://t.co/JnIu26pdgA @thePeerJ https://t.co/1OteQ5UHTZ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/1xHWJaufSq #Ecology #Ecotoxicology #EnvironmentalImpacts

Conserving subterranean relics https://t.co/vUjOVTp8xQ via @thePeerJ

The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies https://t.co/D1UXHiAyCR @thePeerJ https://t.co/aBpflA5awL

Predicting Pinus monophylla forest cover in the Baja California Desert by remote sensing https://t.co/lcl3NOE3yK @thePeerJ https://t.co/f9ZpTRcHbd

Pollination implications of the diverse diet of tropical nectar-feeding #bats roosting in an urban cave https://t.co/nN8N0wk8s8 https://t.co/spw0M40T9v

Our new paper focused on commensalistic–mutualistic associations between African #birds and herbivorous #mammals (using internet photos) was finally published in @thePeerJ https://t.co/47L6wXD3Kt #ecology #Africa #mutualism #citizenscience https://t.co/yEEpV2cDpa

Congratulations to Kelsey Schoenemann on her article on glucocorticoid repeatability, published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/882QMAM5RT #AnimalBehavior #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies

Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb https://t.co/KDVc8QHFOX #Psychiatry

Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices https://t.co/CDffUD3InH [PeerJ] #ornithology