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Populations and assemblages living on the edge: dung beetles responses to forests-pasture ecotones

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Creating functional groups of marine fish from categorical traits

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 9 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
What’s for dinner? Diet and potential trophic impact of an invasive anuran Hoplobatrachus tigerinus on the Andaman archipelago

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ben Colman –– This work represents a rare glimpse into the relatively early stages of an anuran invasion. It lays out foundational knowledge on the direct and indirect consequences of the invasion on other anurans by delineating the diet of both the invader and native anurans across multiple habitats.
Can secondary contact following range expansion be distinguished from barriers to gene flow?

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– An important contribution to distinguishing secondary contact from differentiation along a cline / parapatric differentiation.
Different environmental gradients affect different measures of snake β-diversity in the Amazon rainforests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– A good study that advances the knowledge of local biodiversity patterns in the Amazon.

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An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #Entomology #ECOSOIL #Ecosoil #REDECOSOSIL

Creating functional groups of marine fish from categorical traits @thePeerJ

Happy joining Kris Wyckhuys for work on biological control of invasive pests.... today in @thePeerJ #AgriculturalScience #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience

Tardigrade alert! We found that different tardigrade communities live on different lichen & moss functional groups in trees. May explain why there are different tardigrades at different heights in forest canopies.

74 days ago
Diet of Invasive Indian bullfrogs shows real threats to invertebrates and small vertebrates of the Andaman Islands

75 days ago
Can secondary contact following range expansion be distinguished from barriers to gene flow? Excess of LD and of genetic diversity at the suture zone is a unique signature of 2nd contact. The directionality index Psi conveys info. New paper in @thePeerJ

82 days ago
Interested in how environmental differences in the Amazonian rainforest relate to snake diversity? Just published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology