Ecology

Benchmarking viromics: an in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Michael Hallett –– The paper addresses the potential of viral metagenomics in a general fashion that could impact the design of many studies.
The landscape of fear conceptual framework: definition and review of current applications and misuses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Roper –– Over time, the concept that organisms have to avoid predation and agonistic interactions has been studied and examined in ecology. The landscape of fear idea is an attempt to unify these ideas conceptually and bring together commonalities from a variety of areas of ecology. Thus, this concept and its elaboration may be applicable in a wide variety of ecological settings, include both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
Adaptations to different habitats in sexual and asexual populations of parasitoid wasps: a meta-analysis

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– It provides a coherent synthesis of a large amount of data framed by a coherent hypothesis.
The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The authors describe new semi-aquatic pondweed bugs and a potential mechanism for their absence in other equally old deposits. The also highlight the use of infrared microscopy as promising technique to study of poorly visible organisms preserved in amber. It would therefore be of interest to entomologist, evolutionary biologist and paleontologist alike.
Effects of tire leachate on the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus and the native congener Aedes triseriatus

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species, able to adapt to many environments. This article helps to shed light on its ecology.
Experimental moose reduction lowers wolf density and stops decline of endangered caribou

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Byrne –– While the study design is not perfect (BACI) due to a lack of replication, given the limitations of this type of intervention and the scale at which it was undertaken, the study remains a significant contribution to the field and could have significant real world impacts. However, the paper may be controversial, as is often the case with large-scale wildlife management projects.
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.
Vegetation responses to season of fire in an aseasonal, fire-prone fynbos shrubland

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Although most fynbos vegetation is best managed with seasonal burning, some fynbos vegetation can be managed with fire at any time of the year.
Simulated bacterial infection disrupts the circadian fluctuation of immune cells in wrinkle-lipped bats (Chaerephon plicatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– Within the field of comparative immunology, this study provides a solid contribution toward the understanding of the circadian regulation of the immune system in Bats.
Identification of ecogeographical gaps in the Spanish Aegilops collections with potential tolerance to drought and salinity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– Identifying crop diversity is a high-priority concern for being able to cope with our ever-changing environment. This is a noteworthy observation of germplasm collections that may have future impact if the study moves forward.

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Adaptations to different habitats in sexual and asexual populations of parasitoid wasps: a meta-analysis https://t.co/eNPc9l5Srv

Benchmarking viromics: in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estim of viral community composition & diversity https://t.co/lfkbrIeFdz

A great article I helped peer review published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/VTs3bdUFxH #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology

I love this title. "The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp" https://t.co/MQLgrAHjIj

Moose reduction stops caribou decline https://t.co/hqCaio5RQ2 via @thePeerJ

Energetics and evasion dynamics of #pumas vs hounds https://t.co/XpBOLN4LJz

Article from my collegues! @thePeerJ https://t.co/smnVkbTihi #AnimalBehavior #Ecology #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology #Hematology

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My article published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/k0i9SW5kIB #AgriculturalScience #Biodiversity #Biogeography #Ecology

To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762

Forget wolf culls: researcher says more moose and deer hunting would help B.C. caribou
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-caribou-wolf-cull-1.4269660

New York Times: "Hunting Moose in Canada to Save Caribou From Wolves"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/science/moose-wolves-caribou.html

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829091032.htm

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbpk4/hunt-moose-to-save-caribou-that-are-killed-by-wolves-scientists-say?utm_source=mbtwitter

How do you help save endangered caribou? Stop the invading moose!
http://blog.abmi.ca/2017/08/29/how-do-you-help-save-endangered-caribou-stop-the-invading-moose/#.WaZ_fJOGOqC

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-aat082317.php#.WaVTzfuJKtk.facebook

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou Conservation often requires difficult decisions
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/