Termite mound architecture regulates nest temperature and correlates with species identities of symbiotic fungi
Jorge Curiel Yuste –– Interesting study on the mechanisms that regulate the symbiotic relationship between the termites and the fungi that these termites grow. The authors explore the relationships between the abiotic conditions that fungi require to grow (temperature optimum) and the architecture (ventilation, shape and size) of the termite mounds.
Individual tree crown delineation and tree species classification with hyperspectral and LiDAR data
Alison Boyer –– The article describes a method for tree crown segmentation, validation with field data, and spectral classification. The analyses were run with R.
Populations and assemblages living on the edge: dung beetles responses to forests-pasture ecotones
Jorge Curiel Yuste –– A good contribution to understand the strong impact that habitat fragmentation may have over natural communities, their diversity and structure.
Coral disease prevalence estimation and sampling design
Robert Toonen –– This study shows that the most common field survey methodologies used to estimate coral disease prevalence in the field have low power and confidence. This simulation study provides strong motivation to change the current methodology in the field.
Habitat fragmentation is linked to cascading effects on soil functioning and CO2 emissions in Mediterranean holm-oak-forests
Samuel Abiven –– This study highlights the importance of spatial heterogeneity induced by forest fragmentation on carbon fluxes.
Creating functional groups of marine fish from categorical traits
Paolo Giordani –– A good methodological approach for limiting subjectivity in the the creation of functional groups.
Continental-scale suppression of an invasive pest by a host-specific parasitoid underlines both environmental and economic benefits of arthropod biological control
Jose Montoya –– This work is an excellent example of pest control by an introduced natural enemy. It shows how ecological theory can be applied in the filed, and what is the positive economic impact in the long-run.
Shifts in community composition and co-occurrence patterns of phyllosphere fungi inhabiting Mussaenda shikokiana along an elevation gradient
Paolo Giordani –– An in-depth study on the effects of elevation on the fungal community of the phyllosphere associated with a single tree species.
Epiphyte type and sampling height impact mesofauna communities in Douglas-fir trees
Paolo Giordani –– An original contribution on the ecology of overlooked epiphytic organismi.
Co-occurrence patterns of litter decomposing communities in mangroves indicate a robust community resistant to disturbances
Joseph Craine –– The authors provide an in-depth analysis of the microbial assemblages during decomposition in an under-researched system. These are sophisticated techniques that are helping to fundamentally change our understanding of microbial decomposition.

Section discussions

A GORGEOUS new species of darter from Mississippi, Etheostoma faulkneri. Note: A and C are the new species, B and D are a similar species for comparison

New article out on my favorite snail! Research led by an @NSF REU student! Riverscape genetics of Leptoxis compacta via @thePeerJ

Double lives: transfer of fungal endophytes from leaves to woody substrates @thePeerJ

26 days ago
My article about abundances of birds along Mt. Wilhelm has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #Zoology

Growth parameter k and location affect body size responses to spatial protection by exploited rockfishes @thePeerJ

27 days ago
#Sloths are nocturnal, poor thermoregulators & depend on crypsis to avoid predation but face a tough predator-prey arms-race w/ #HarpyEagles by avoiding bright moonshine while challenged by cool nights. Led by Everton Miranda @ueaenv @ueaceec @NeoBirdClub

Our paper describing the response of Liver pigments of 5 frog species to land use types has just came out! @LilianFB

Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBiology #Microbiology #PopulationBiology

Reproductive pattern in the solanum mealybug, Phenacoccus solani: A new perspective @thePeerJ