Environmental Science

Parametric estimation of P(X > Y) for normal distributions in the context of probabilistic environmental risk assessment

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– The use of bayesian statistic in risk assessment
Remote sensing captures varying temporal patterns of vegetation between human-altered and natural landscapes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Darren Ward –– The article of particular interest because of the association of remote sensing in order to assess spatial and temporal changes in land-use and biodiversity.
Relative availability of natural prey versus livestock predicts landscape suitability for cheetahs Acinonyx jubatus in Botswana

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sara Varela –– This paper discusses the value of restoring wild prey communities in order to avoid carnivore-human conflicts. They use the proportion of wild/cattle species in order to predict habitat suitability for the cheetah. I think the discussion and the ideas presented in this paper are very interesting for conservation, specially for large carnivore conservation. I think that the paper is very easy to read and that the ideas presented apply not only for large mammals, but for other species.
A large-scale field study examining effects of exposure to clothianidin seed-treated canola on honey bee colony health, development, and overwintering success

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– There is a great deal of current discussion and debate over the role that pesticides - particularly neonicotinoids - may play in pollinator declines. Scientists, policy makers, and the general public are understandably concerned. This field-based study adds new and interesting data to the discussion and has the potential to influence decisions related to regulatory policy.
Eutrophication and the dietary promotion of sea turtle tumors

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– An important connection between terrestrial pollution and the harm it does to marine species.
Multi-decade biomass dynamics in an old-growth hemlock-northern hardwood forest, Michigan, USA

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Herman Shugart –– It is a well done analysis of a significant topi from a purely ecological point of view. It also provides valuable insight on issues regarding planetary carbon storage, a topic of significance for feedbacks between the terrestrial surface and the atmosphere and the consequences for global climate change.
Trace element profiles of the sea anemone Anemonia viridis living nearby a natural CO2 vent

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Alex Ford –– Investigating how organisms cope living next to a CO2 vent give insights into how organisms might cope with rising levels of CO2 absorbing into the oceans.

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Our field study on clothianidin seed-treated canola and honeybees was published 3 years ago today! @thePeerJ https://t.co/Vslm4r7Itr

Pacific Standard: "Herpes-Linked Turtle Tumors Are on the Rise"
https://psmag.com/herpes-linked-turtle-tumors-are-on-the-rise-171d9c5613cf#.oqlz8fbse

Algues et tumeurs
http://www.larecherche.fr/actualite/vie/algues-tumeurs-01-12-2014-196697

Tumors in Florida’s endangered sea turtles linked to polluted oceans
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article3499617.html

Superweeds linked to tumors in turtles
http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/590734/Superweeds-linked-to-tumors-in-turtles.html

Pollution linked to sea turtle cancer
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/pollution_linked_to_sea_turtle_cancer-145961

Video description of the research
http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/hawaiis-nitrogen-runoff-causing-sea-turtle-tumors/vCwCbq/

Pollution From Hawaii Is Giving Sea Turtles Gross, Deadly Tumors
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/pollution-hawaiis-farms-and-cities-causing-sea-turtles-get-deadly-tumors-180952912