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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.
Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volume

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ronaldo Francini-Filho –– Tech tools for coral reef research are emerging fast and boosting science
Annual and spatial variation in composition and activity of terrestrial mammals on two replicate plots in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very interesting paper for several disciplines related to the importance of antibiotic resistance in nature.
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects

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Conserving subterranean relics via @thePeerJ

Our new paper focused on commensalistic–mutualistic associations between African #birds and herbivorous #mammals (using internet photos) was finally published in @thePeerJ #ecology #Africa #mutualism #citizenscience

Congratulations to Kelsey Schoenemann on her article on glucocorticoid repeatability, published today in @thePeerJ #AnimalBehavior #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies

Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb #Psychiatry

Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices [PeerJ] #ornithology

My first publication! On shifting the measurement of corals from 2D to 3D @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #MarineBiology #StAndrews

Terrestrial mammals in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador:

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Biogeography #ConservationBiology

The historical legacy of antibiotic utilization found within spores recovered from Swiss lake sediments

RNAi based pesticides may not be as safe as they are marketed. Buyer beware @thePeerJ #Biotechnology #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology #Ecotoxicology