Environmental Science

Age-based and reproductive biology of the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A thorough assessment of the growth patterns and reproductive biology of a commercially important parrotfish species.
Anthropogenic water sources and the effects on Sonoran Desert small mammal communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– This study was to investigate the effects of AWS on desert rodent communities. The work compared AWS sites and non-AWS control sites by an appropriate statistical method, the principal component analysis (PCA).
Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study explored an important yet understudied topic in coral physiology/biology, i.e., light-history based thermal stress response on individual colonies. This study uses a very unusual experimental design, i.e., an extremely small number of true replicates [n=3 coral colonies] to favor the focus on technical replicates [n=40 ramets per colony], but addresses interesting questions on the potential importance of intra-individual variability in physiological responses of scleractinian corals. This study uses an impressive combination of techniques, including imaging, various measurements (chl a fluorescence, chl a density, cell counts, coral growth rates), and molecular analyses.
Experimental moose reduction lowers wolf density and stops decline of endangered caribou

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Byrne –– While the study design is not perfect (BACI) due to a lack of replication, given the limitations of this type of intervention and the scale at which it was undertaken, the study remains a significant contribution to the field and could have significant real world impacts. However, the paper may be controversial, as is often the case with large-scale wildlife management projects.
Quid est Clea helena? Evidence for a previously unrecognized radiation of assassin snails (Gastropoda: Buccinoidea: Nassariidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– The paper provides new information about accurate identification of a series of invasive carnivorous snails. It is thus of interest to both mollusk taxonomists and researchers involved in the protection of environment.
Vegetation responses to season of fire in an aseasonal, fire-prone fynbos shrubland

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Although most fynbos vegetation is best managed with seasonal burning, some fynbos vegetation can be managed with fire at any time of the year.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important contribution, not only because it illuminates on the complex relations between dogs and wolves, and on how adaptations can move between related species, but also because it is relevant for understanding the domestication process of animals, but also in plants.
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.
Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
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.

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Large-bodied hermaphrodites, you make the rockin world go round - new paper by @drbmtaylor on the reproductive biology of Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam https://t.co/TnSSD2HoqA https://t.co/8ZYW9GykQO

Effect of artificial #water sources in #desert on small #wildlife? Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/UvZDwOkGw6 #Ecology #NaturalResourceManagement

New pub: Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral S. pistillata https://t.co/W3fLR3UscC https://t.co/laoW8Iybu3

New paper by curator Dr. Ellen Strong talks about new radiation of assasin snails! https://t.co/zfj7zs4Rbc https://t.co/vk4YZFph50

Moose reduction stops caribou decline https://t.co/hqCaio5RQ2 via @thePeerJ

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

New paper: #Whale #cetacean mass mortality during #elnino linked to #toxicalgae #harmfulalgalbloom #psp #chile https://t.co/j0rJh8bu3L

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

Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/death-killer-algae/

To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762

Forget wolf culls: researcher says more moose and deer hunting would help B.C. caribou
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-caribou-wolf-cull-1.4269660

New York Times: "Hunting Moose in Canada to Save Caribou From Wolves"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/science/moose-wolves-caribou.html

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829091032.htm

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbpk4/hunt-moose-to-save-caribou-that-are-killed-by-wolves-scientists-say?utm_source=mbtwitter

How do you help save endangered caribou? Stop the invading moose!
http://blog.abmi.ca/2017/08/29/how-do-you-help-save-endangered-caribou-stop-the-invading-moose/#.WaZ_fJOGOqC

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-aat082317.php#.WaVTzfuJKtk.facebook

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou Conservation often requires difficult decisions
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/

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/