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

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.
DNA metabarcoding allows non-invasive identification of arthropod prey provisioned to nestling Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)

Section Editor rating: 9 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Really novel use of this emerging technology.
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.
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.
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
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Effects of tire leachate on the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus and the native congener Aedes triseriatus

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species, able to adapt to many environments. This article helps to shed light on its ecology.
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.

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

DNA metabarcoding allows non-invasive identification of arthropod prey provisioned to nestling Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) https://t.co/8NxNmFTnax @thePeerJ https://t.co/KJlLkl3Sfm

336 days ago
Happy joining Kris Wyckhuys for work on biological control of invasive pests.... today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/cw7EdJSpL2 #AgriculturalScience #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience

354 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 https://t.co/UOKKzKQIRd

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

RNAi based pesticides may not be as safe as they are marketed. Buyer beware @thePeerJ https://t.co/SuCsMepM9k #Biotechnology #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology #Ecotoxicology

A microbial survey of the ISS. https://t.co/DMdgTYuwLi via @thePeerJ

Cool work on new NIS records in Mediterranean marinas: hubs for 'small'-scale introd of mar invertebr https://t.co/l49df5R8ZK @thePeerJ

A great article I helped peer review published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/VTs3bdUFxH #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology

Energetics and evasion dynamics of #pumas vs hounds https://t.co/XpBOLN4LJz

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"
https://www.popsci.com/ISS-microbiome

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-station-is-chock-full-of-germs/

The International Space Station is super germy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/05/the-international-space-station-is-super-germy/

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-international-space-station-is-swarming-with-bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
https://www.space.com/38980-space-station-bacteria-similar-human-homes-study.html

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home
https://www.seeker.com/space/the-iss-bacterial-community-resembles-what-youd-find-in-your-home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/international-space-station-colonised-mysterious-bugs-including-alien-bacteria-7134669/

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-bacteria-found-earth-home-humans-study-iss-a8092756.html

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bacterial-international-space-station-resembles.html

BACTERIA IN SPACE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HAS LOTS OF THE SAME MICROBES AS ANY OTHER HOME
http://www.newsweek.com/bacteria-space-international-space-station-has-same-microbes-any-other-home-735208