Ecology

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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.
Lessepsian migration and parasitism: richness, prevalence and intensity of parasites in the invasive fish Sphyraena chrysotaenia compared to its native congener Sphyraena sphyraena in Tunisian coastal waters

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– A detailed work about parasites of invasive fish - very few similar works have been published.
Long-term effects of competition and environmental drivers on the growth of the endangered coral Mussismilia braziliensis (Verril, 1867)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Anastazia Banaszak –– There are few studies on species within turbid reef environments.
Soil and forest structure predicts large-scale patterns of occurrence and local abundance of a widespread Amazonian frog

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leonardo Montagnani –– I believe that the scientific question the authors are addressing is relevant. However, there are some problems with the sampling scheme.
Marine cyanolichens from different littoral zones are associated with distinct bacterial communities

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Paolo Giordani –– Simply the first human glance to the non-photosynthetic bacteria associated with marine lichens
Experimental and molecular approximation to microbial niche: trophic interactions between oribatid mites and microfungi in an oligotrophic freshwater system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– This is a very interesting paper, on a rather under-investigated subject.
Evidence of avian-mediated long distance dispersal in American tardigrades

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Costello –– Tardigrades are extraordinarily robust organisms but their biogeography is poorly known. It is likely they are widespread and dispersed passively in water, perhaps air, and on animals. This paper provides novel evidence of their dispersal by birds.
Seasonal dynamics of terrestrial vertebrate abundance between Amazonian flooded and unflooded forests

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Matthew Wilson –– The inclusion of multiple Amazonian ecosystems is shown to be important for species conservation.
Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a potential defender against swimmer’s itch in European recreational water bodies—experimental study

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The paper tackles how the introduction of a non-host snail could help to interfere with development of bird schistosome cercariae and therefore might be a way to control Swimmer’s itch. This also relates with the decoy or dilution effect which might influence disease risk. It is therefore of interest to parasitologists, ecologist and biologists in general.
Vertical stratification of plant–pollinator interactions in a temperate grassland

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sheila Colla –– Contributes to a knowledge gap in the growing body of literature on plant-pollinator interactions.

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Interested in how environmental differences in the Amazonian rainforest relate to snake diversity? Just published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/vRwuLTkVmi #Biodiversity #Ecology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/5Hm0AD3RMN #Biodiversity #Ecology #MarineBiology #Parasitology

Rede Abrolhos new paper has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/9nh8AxWiAW #Ecology #BiologicalOceanography

Soil and forest structure predicts large-scale patterns of occurrence and local abundance of a widespread Amazonian frog https://t.co/vUVSJDoery @thePeerJ https://t.co/LufOgQB0ld

Our new article on the microbiome of marine lichens is out! @thePeerJ https://t.co/2nFScDu4m4 #Biodiversity #Ecology #Microbiology

Experimental and molecular approximation to microbial niche: trophic interactions between oribatid mites and microfungi in an oligotrophic freshwater system https://t.co/2KYBROmTJF @thePeerJ https://t.co/bJxbsA1Bf5

[欹耳袋]クマムシの大旅行:Mogle MJ, Kimball SA, Miller WR, McKown RD. (2018) Evidence of avian-mediated long distance dispersal in American tardigrades. PeerJ 6:e5035 https://t.co/UTNvmYPAaS

See our new paper on the Seasonal dynamics of terrestrial vertebrate abundance in neighbouring #Amazonian flooded (varzea) and unflooded (terra firme) forests led by @hugocmcosta - under the @pmj_mediojurua Project https://t.co/aXumHHeW2c #ConservationBiology @ueaceec @ueaenv https://t.co/HGwE08Zqit

Experimental study on how the decoy or dilution effect of the caenogastropod Potamopyrgus antipodarum might defend against swimmer's itch https://t.co/fqzkAGmOAs via @thePeerJ #Ecology #Parasitology #Zoology #PublicHealth https://t.co/85odILI86o https://t.co/NPFMIv0uZC

Vertical stratification of plant–pollinator interactions in a temperate grassland https://t.co/t19jT4GnIe