Environmental Science

Demographic, ecological, and physiological responses of ringed seals to an abrupt decline in sea ice availability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Seabird McKeon –– The article measures the physiological and ecological responses of an ice-dependent animal to a changing climate (through ice-loss). As such, it is at the leading edge of how climate change will impact species and ecological relationships.
Metagenomic identification of active methanogens and methanotrophs in serpentinite springs of the Voltri Massif, Italy

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marina Kalyuzhnaya –– The article provides first insides into microbial communities of an unusual sub-terrestrial ecosystem.
Endophytic fungal diversity of Fragaria vesca, a crop wild relative of strawberry, along environmental gradients within a small geographical area

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It describes new sources of rare endophytes that can serve as new BCAs
Culturable bioaerosols along an urban waterfront are primarily associated with coarse particles

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– This paper contributes to the rather limited field of culturable airborne microorganisms through a piece of a well performed scientific research.
Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper describes an agent based model that novelly integrates land use impacts in northern Alberta in ways that will be useful elsewhere.
Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds a significant contribution to understanding of plankton ecology in freshwater lakes. As factually noted in the abstract "for the first time simultaneous measurements of metals and P stoichiometry in freshwater phytoplankton are reported." The paper should be of wide interest.
Seqenv: linking sequences to environments through text mining

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Timothy Read –– Metagenomics is set to become a major cross-disciplinary field. The article brings in a new source of metadata to help understand microbial ecology.
Detecting sedimentation impacts to coral reefs resulting from dredging the Port of Miami, Florida USA

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Costanza –– An important and unique piece of empirical evidence about the impacts of dredging on corals
The potential for self-seeding by the coral Pocillopora spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– The findings from this study are of considerable significance to understand the potential reproductive responsiveness of an ecological important coral species in the French Polynesian region.
Proteogenomic analyses indicate bacterial methylotrophy and archaeal heterotrophy are prevalent below the grass root zone

Editor rating: 7 / 10

A. Murat Eren –– The study combines multiple 'omics techniques (metagenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to gain further insights into the carbon cycling in soil.

Discussing these articles

@methanoJen @JasonDewees @SoutheastGeobio @mousquemere The photo on the first slide, opposite the Lost City photo, is of an ultrabasic spring at the Voltri Massif in Italy. https://t.co/aHHHd2J7e4

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Our 'Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach' article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/MryDq1WMHZ #

Arctic species (e.g., #RingedSeals, main food of #PolarBears) are pressured by anthropogenic #ClimateChange & shifts in ecology have resulted in less abundance. Health decline & unpredictable events can combine to have major abundance/distribution effects. https://t.co/5t23fUWjzh

100 downloads of my 'Metal2phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater...' article published in #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/hk4sbX2E6C

Miami Herald: "Mud from PortMiami dredge spurred coral die-off, study finds"
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article116312178.html