Environmental Science

Article commentary

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

Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain (2018) PeerJ

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting and very important article and as such I am very glad to know that it was the most shared last month. It clearly demonstrates the high degree of th... Read more

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.
Restoring lepidopteran diversity in a tropical dry forest: relative importance of restoration treatment, tree identity and predator pressure

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Implications of plant restoration for invertebrate diversity have been rarely studied. This study documented diversity of Lepidoptera following different methods of plant restoration, concluding the choice of tree species used in restoration is probably more important than the specific method used to establish the trees.
Ranking of critical species to preserve the functionality of mutualistic networks using the k-core decomposition

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Anna Traveset –– The article presents new metrics that will shed light in the understanding on the structure of bipartite networks such as those between plants and their mutualists or antagonists.
Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– I Think the papaer will not only be of interest to science community but also likely receive considerable attention from policy makers.
Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article
Novel polymeric micelles for insect pest control: encapsulation of essential oil monoterpenes inside a triblock copolymer shell for head lice control

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Head lice are a common health condition, especially in children, and can be difficult to remove. Therefore articles on new biopesticides formulations are of much interest.

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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

Restoring lepidopteran diversity in a tropical dry forest: relative importance of restoration treatment,… https://t.co/9mYjhWJirN @thePeerJ https://t.co/Mdhw6yTAgq

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Our article on mutualistic networks has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/DWlXmkhHm8 #Ecology #EcosystemScience #Statistics

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Yellow-eyed penguin population in decline, with changes in adult survival related to sea-surface temperature https://t.co/zUhJNV8xNm

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/bwjrgpCq43 #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #Ecology

Hakai Magazine: "Death by Killer Algae"

Corals Are Dying At Hawaii’s Most Popular Snorkeling Spot

Coral Bleaching Threatens One of Hawaii's Most Popular Coral Reefs

Hawaiian Reef in Danger as Bleaching Event Continues

Hawaiian corals in peril due to global climate change

New Zealand’s star species could be extinct on mainland by 2060

The Guardian: "Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades"

Huffington Post: "New Zealand’s Iconic Yellow-Eyed Penguins Could Be Extinct Locally In 40 Years"

New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Trouble

Urgent Action Needed to Slow Penguin’s Slide to Extinction, Study Claims