Ecology

Article commentary

Microbial bioenergetics of coral-algal interactions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study provides insights into the underlying thermodynamic mechanisms involved in the microbial food web associated with coral and macroalgae interactions.
Larval exposure to field-realistic concentrations of clothianidin has no effect on development rate, over-winter survival or adult metabolic rate in a solitary bee, Osmia bicornis

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Nigel Andrew –– bee responses to chemical exposure - high profile issues at the moment
Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– Useful bioinformatics tool for viral metagenomics
Discrimination of Picea chihuahuana Martinez populations on the basis of climatic, edaphic, dendrometric, genetic and population traits

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Winkler –– The article has practical implications in the conservation of tree species.
Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
Alien vs. predator: bacterial challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovorax predators

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents interesting data that show how some coral-associated microbes have the capacity to protect their host by predating on alien bacteria.
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.
Invasive lionfish had no measurable effect on prey fish community structure across the Belizean Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The conclusions of this paper run contrary to the view that the lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs has greatly reduced populations of small reef fishes.
Restoring lepidopteran diversity in a tropical dry forest: relative importance of restoration treatment, tree identity and predator pressure

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Implications of plant restoration for invertebrate diversity have been rarely studied. This study documented diversity of Lepidoptera following different methods of plant restoration, concluding the choice of tree species used in restoration is probably more important than the specific method used to establish the trees.
Ranking of critical species to preserve the functionality of mutualistic networks using the k-core decomposition

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Anna Traveset –– The article presents new metrics that will shed light in the understanding on the structure of bipartite networks such as those between plants and their mutualists or antagonists.

Discussing these articles

Benthic microbial bioenergetics from my boy Ty Roach https://t.co/uJ1MSuQenZ via @thePeerJ

Our new paper on larval #neonicotinoid exposure in mason #bees is now published! https://t.co/VWU6sywhl1 #solitarybees #ecology https://t.co/TIAL91QTWa

Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean https://t.co/CO6tv1WhxU

Elegant study exploring co-influences of gregariousness & density dependence on #intertidal #barnacle settlement https://t.co/RNJexr138f

#CoralBleaching in popular #Hawaiian tourist destination #HanaumaBay. https://t.co/6DFMTuyCen

Alien vs. Predator: Vibrio challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovax https://t.co/Rf8i7QnbS3 via @thePeerJ

Restoring lepidopteran diversity in a tropical dry forest: relative importance of restoration treatment,… https://t.co/9mYjhWJirN @thePeerJ https://t.co/Mdhw6yTAgq

New broad-scale, multi-year study showed that lionfish had no effect on prey fish community structure in Belize. https://t.co/gHOOQ28kO6

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Our article on mutualistic networks has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/DWlXmkhHm8 #Ecology #EcosystemScience #Statistics

Corals Are Dying At Hawaii’s Most Popular Snorkeling Spot
http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/06/corals-are-dying-at-hawaiis-most-popular-snorkeling-spot/

Coral Bleaching Threatens One of Hawaii's Most Popular Coral Reefs
https://weather.com/science/environment/news/hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-hawaii-coral-reef-bleaching

Hawaiian Reef in Danger as Bleaching Event Continues
https://www.courthousenews.com/hawaiian-reef-danger-bleaching-event-continues/

Hawaiian corals in peril due to global climate change
http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/05/hawaiian-corals-in-peril-due-to-global-climate-change-001739617.html

The Guardian: "Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades"
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/30/us-coral-reefs-global-warming-climate-change