Ecology

Article commentary

Editors can now comment on articles published in PeerJ and elsewhere.

Species turnover reveals hidden effects of decreasing nitrogen deposition in mountain hay meadows (2019) PeerJ

Douglas Burns –– Roth et al. present results of an analysis of change in vascular plant community structure at 129 sites in Switzerland over a 15-year period (2003-17) during which atmosp... Read more

Rate and success of study replication in ecology and evolution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Todd Vision –– This brings quantitative evidence to bear on the policy debate about how much attention should be paid to replicability (rather than coming up with wholly new findings) in a field that has not previously received much scrutiny: ecology and evolution. As such, it will be of interest to practitioners in E&E (including editors and funders) as well as those working in metascience more generally.
Diet and wild ungulate preferences of wolves in northwestern Anatolia during winter

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dezene Huber –– I'm not a wildlife expert, but I would think that any study pertaining to large Palaearctic wildlife, particularly carnivores, is of substantial conservation concern. In addition, this paper addresses human-wildlife interactions in a Palaearctic context and so provides some information for further work in this area.
Pollen report: quantitative review of pollen crude protein concentrations offered by bee pollinated flowers in agricultural and non-agricultural landscapes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sheila Colla –– This basic information on pollen composition will be of interest to ecologists, conservationists, industry and practitioners.
First report of cestode infection in the crustacean Artemia persimilis from Southern Chilean Patagonia and its relation with the Neotropical aquatic birds

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marta Sánchez –– This is the first study of cestode infection in the crustacean Artemia persimilis from Southern Chilean Patagonia. Both, Artemia and their cestode parasites are key ecological groups and while information exists on Eupean populations, there exist very few data in other part of the world. Artemia persimilis is particularly interesting because of its narrow distribution range in south America, compared with other Artemia species.
Taxonomic, biological and geographical traits of species in a coastal dune flora in the southeastern Cape Floristic Region: regional and global comparisons

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Santiago Martín-Bravo –– This is a valuable contribution towards the comparative knowledge of Mediterranean climate ecosystems, and performs a multidisciplinary documentation and analysis of the flora of a highly biodiverse and endangered ecosystem in the Cape Floristic Region, therefore highlighting its biological features and advocating for its conservation.
Site specificity and attachment mode of Symcallio and Calliobothrium species (Cestoda: “Tetraphyllidea”) in smoothhound sharks of the genus Mustelus (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– Attachment to the host is a major problem faced by any parasite. This innovative paper provides new information about two cestodes of sharks with contrasting morphologies.
Secondary Succession under invasive species (Pteridium aquilinum) conditions in a seasonal dry tropical forest in southeastern Mexico

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tatiana Tatarinova –– The issue of invasive species has global importance. Additionally, P. aquilinum has a wide distribution and can have detrimental effect on biodiversity, by hindering the establishment of native species.
Hierarchical generalized additive models in ecology: an introduction with mgcv

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Gray –– A very useful article for researchers looking at using GAMs with clustered or longitudinal data, and one that, despite the title, will be valuable to those working both within and outside ecology.
From climate zone to microhabitat—environmental factors affecting the coastal distribution of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) in the south-eastern European biodiversity hotspot

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Great analysis of an often-threatened group of insects. More of this type of work is needed across many taxa.
Mahalanobis distances and ecological niche modelling: correcting a chi-squared probability error

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jason Blackburn –– This paper identifies an important mistake in a known method and clarifies the literature.

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Diet and wild ungulate preferences of wolves in northwestern Anatolia during winter https://t.co/PxHbzh7pVo @thePeerJ https://t.co/JXJyoj7rtM

My review on pollen protein concentration in bee visted plantshas been published today I hope some of you find it a usefull resource in @thePeerJ https://t.co/SKexVgiF6S #AgriculturalScience #Ecology #PlantScience #pollinators #bees #pollinators #ecology #pollen

First report of cestode infection in the crustacean Artemia persimilis from Southern Chilean Patagonia and its relation with the Neotropical aquatic #birds https://t.co/bRhHTG5cQD @thePeerJ https://t.co/7XIu4pr4Ql

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/iji8hSfA66 #Biodiversity #Biogeography #ConservationBiology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/Fe8vzB3Tmt #Biodiversity #Ecology #Parasitology #Taxonomy

Secondary Succession under invasive spec https://t.co/gNOwp5k84I

Our Peerj paper (@millerdl @ucfagls @noamross) on how to fit GAMs with grouped smoother ("HGAMs") just came out today! If you're want to fit nonlinear models where relationships between predictors and outcomes can vary by group, our paper can help https://t.co/nH9SgjeCpE

From climate zone to microhabitat—environmental factors affecting the coastal distribution of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) in the south-eastern European biodiversity hotspot https://t.co/vIs05D67ts @thePeerJ https://t.co/CIrlOb6DZq

New paper: Mahalanobis distances and ecological niche modelling, published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/KvKhSkqE1A #Biogeography #Ecology #Statistics https://t.co/wJXqXcTqML