Environmental Science

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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

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.
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.

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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

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

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/