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Species turnover reveals hidden effects of decreasing nitrogen deposition in mountain hay meadows (2019) PeerJ

Douglas Burns –– Roth et al. present results of an analysis of change in vascular plant community structure at 129 sites in Switzerland over a 15-year period (2003-17) during which atmosp... Read more

Soil and forest structure predicts large-scale patterns of occurrence and local abundance of a widespread Amazonian frog

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leonardo Montagnani –– I believe that the scientific question the authors are addressing is relevant. However, there are some problems with the sampling scheme.
Marine cyanolichens from different littoral zones are associated with distinct bacterial communities

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Paolo Giordani –– Simply the first human glance to the non-photosynthetic bacteria associated with marine lichens
Experimental and molecular approximation to microbial niche: trophic interactions between oribatid mites and microfungi in an oligotrophic freshwater system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– This is a very interesting paper, on a rather under-investigated subject.
Evidence of avian-mediated long distance dispersal in American tardigrades

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Costello –– Tardigrades are extraordinarily robust organisms but their biogeography is poorly known. It is likely they are widespread and dispersed passively in water, perhaps air, and on animals. This paper provides novel evidence of their dispersal by birds.
Seasonal dynamics of terrestrial vertebrate abundance between Amazonian flooded and unflooded forests

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Matthew Wilson –– The inclusion of multiple Amazonian ecosystems is shown to be important for species conservation.
Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a potential defender against swimmer’s itch in European recreational water bodies—experimental study

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The paper tackles how the introduction of a non-host snail could help to interfere with development of bird schistosome cercariae and therefore might be a way to control Swimmer’s itch. This also relates with the decoy or dilution effect which might influence disease risk. It is therefore of interest to parasitologists, ecologist and biologists in general.
Vertical stratification of plant–pollinator interactions in a temperate grassland

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sheila Colla –– Contributes to a knowledge gap in the growing body of literature on plant-pollinator interactions.
Individual-based simulation of the spatial and temporal dynamics of macroinvertebrate functional groups provides insights into benthic community assembly mechanisms

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– This new approach allows to understand better benthic estuary communities by modelling them on various scales. It will therefore be of relevance for ecologist, zoologist and modellers.
Diversity, host-specificity and stability of sponge-associated fungal communities of co-occurring sponges

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It provides new information on sponge microbiome
Top-down and bottom-up controls on southern New England salt marsh crab populations

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Michael LaMontagne –– The recent increase in crab populations in NE salt marshes could reflect sea level rise driven by climate change.

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Soil and forest structure predicts large-scale patterns of occurrence and local abundance of a widespread Amazonian frog https://t.co/vUVSJDoery @thePeerJ https://t.co/LufOgQB0ld

Our new article on the microbiome of marine lichens is out! @thePeerJ https://t.co/2nFScDu4m4 #Biodiversity #Ecology #Microbiology

Experimental and molecular approximation to microbial niche: trophic interactions between oribatid mites and microfungi in an oligotrophic freshwater system https://t.co/2KYBROmTJF @thePeerJ https://t.co/bJxbsA1Bf5

[欹耳袋]クマムシの大旅行:Mogle MJ, Kimball SA, Miller WR, McKown RD. (2018) Evidence of avian-mediated long distance dispersal in American tardigrades. PeerJ 6:e5035 https://t.co/UTNvmYPAaS

See our new paper on the Seasonal dynamics of terrestrial vertebrate abundance in neighbouring #Amazonian flooded (varzea) and unflooded (terra firme) forests led by @hugocmcosta - under the @pmj_mediojurua Project https://t.co/aXumHHeW2c #ConservationBiology @ueaceec @ueaenv https://t.co/HGwE08Zqit

Experimental study on how the decoy or dilution effect of the caenogastropod Potamopyrgus antipodarum might defend against swimmer's itch https://t.co/fqzkAGmOAs via @thePeerJ #Ecology #Parasitology #Zoology #PublicHealth https://t.co/85odILI86o https://t.co/NPFMIv0uZC

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Vertical stratification of plant–pollinator interactions in a temperate grassland https://t.co/t19jT4GnIe

Individual-based simulation of the spatial and temporal dynamics of macroinvertebrate functional groups provides insights into benthic community assembly mechanisms https://t.co/fETbz0VNbt @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #MarineBiology https://t.co/asZb2MMOB7 https://t.co/XivsNeBpvo

Diversity, host-specificity and stability of sponge-associated fungal communities of co-occurring sponges https://t.co/rmoqPilCmt #fungi #microbiome #mycobiome https://t.co/M3t1fWIQLl

Woohoo! Wondering what I got up to when I worked for the Narragansett Bay #NERR a few years back? My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/rYmvo33pkH #Ecology #MarineBiology #ClimateChangeBiology #EnvironmentalImpacts