Environmental Science

H2-saturation of high affinity H2-oxidizing bacteria alters the ecological niche of soil microorganisms unevenly among taxonomic groups

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– The results of this paper demonstrating that H2-rich environments exert a direct influence on soil H2-oxidizing bacteria in addition to indirect effects on other members of the bacterial communities can be considered a significant contribution about the knowledge in the field.
Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Costanza –– A new way of looking at species importance.
Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– Noise pollution is a really important issue that garners less attention than it should.
Evaluation of the global impacts of mitigation on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants in marine fish

Editor rating: 7 / 10

J. Thomas Sanderson –– A large data set of pollutant levels in marine fish across the globe provides important information for ecotoxicologists, environmental chemists and regulators alike. This will be very useful for future reference.
The impact of land reform on the status of large carnivores in Zimbabwe

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– Assesses the impact on land reform on conservation, a key topic not just in Africa, but elsewhere.
A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– Potentially important finding about the unexpected consequences of biocontrol.
The nonlinear variation of drought and its relation to atmospheric circulation in Shandong Province, East China

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– I think it is an interesting work, which provided an aspect for readers to understand nonlinear variation of drought and its relation to atmospheric circulation in east China. People who are working in cross-discipline (e. g. drought and atmospheric circulation) will be interest in the work.
Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) running the gauntlet: an evaluation of translocations into free-range environments in Namibia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– Translocation of endangered species is an important technique for conservation. Few studies evaluate it successes — especially when top predators are involved. Yet, there is huge pressure to remove top predators, even when in practice they could be shot. This paper provides the most detailed record of cheetah translocations. They work — sometimes — but the authors make a strong case that the solution will be to manage cheetahs where they love.
Allocation trade-off under climate warming in experimental amphibian populations

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The article describes the complex effects that climate change may have on the reproductive process for a species of amphibian. It is important that we start to get to grips with the detail of how climate change may affect individual species and processes.
Testing animal-assisted cleaning prior to transplantation in coral reef restoration

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides useful method to improve coral transplantation techniques. Also, shows beneficial interactions between 3-D habitat, fish grazing and survival of coral polyps.

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My 'Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics' article was published 2 years ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/m7wpOrXCtT

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@WILDLABSNET @RachelKramerWWF Snares can be an immense problem for wildlife. Being able to find them could be a game changer. Any ideas? https://t.co/awXBp5Edze https://t.co/7N7zRGext3

Science: Standard ship noise may interfere with orca communication
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/standard-ship-noise-may-interfere-orca-communication

Kitsap Sun - Puget Sound Blogs: Research on ocean noise could help save whales
http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2016/02/21/research-on-ocean-noise-could-help-save-whales/

Carnivores in decline due to land reform
http://africageographic.com/blog/carnivores-decline-due-land-reform/

Land Reform Disastrous for Wildlife
http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2016/02/land-reform-disastrous-for-wildlife/

Time Magazine: Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds
http://time.com/4207377/ship-noises-could-hurt-endangered-killer-whales-study-finds/

Washington Post: Ship noises could hurt endangered killer whales, study finds
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/02/03/ship-noises-could-hurt-endangered-killer-whales-study-finds/

The Telegraph: Ship noise stops Orca whales from talking to each other
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/12137183/Ship-noise-stops-Orca-whales-from-talking-to-each-other.html

IFLScience.com: The Noise From Ships Interferes With Orca Communication
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/noise-ships-interfere-orca-communication

Nature: pick of today's science stories (2/3/2016)
http://links.information.nature.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NTA2MTYyMzIS1&r=MTgyNDU2NjY5NzUyS0&j=ODYwMzYwMDU4S0&mt=1&rt=0

The Christian Science Monitor: "Is ship noise killing endangered orca whales?"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0203/Is-ship-noise-killing-endangered-orca-whales