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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

Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– The Convention of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will be discussion elephants and therefore this will be extremely important
Aquatic insects dealing with dehydration: do desiccation resistance traits differ in species with contrasting habitat preferences?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marta Sánchez –– This study provide new data on desiccation resistance in aquatic beetles, which is important to understand their presence and distribution in aquatic environments; these data can be relevant in the context of climate change due to the expected drought intensification, particularly important in semi-arid regions
Advances in global sensitivity analyses of demographic-based species distribution models to address uncertainties in dynamic landscapes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– The authors have produced a software package that will allow users to make comprehensive analyses of coupled demographic-GIS (SDM) population viability models. These analyses will help in the development of effective management plans for rare and endangered species.
Hierarchical organization of a Sardinian sand dune plant community

Editor rating: 7 / 10

G Matt Davies –– A rare experimental validation of ecological theory and frequently offered explanations for the spatial structuring of sand-dune ecosystems. This paper goes further than the normal descriptive approach and uses manipulations to discern important interactions and processes
Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– Organic production is its initial stage sin China and this mansucript can provide information on the advantae and changes of organic vs conventioal production
The impact of an invasive ambrosia beetle on the riparian habitats of the Tijuana River Valley, California

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Well written and timely. Covers some initial information on an introduce species in California, and provides some early-impression natural historical information that will be potentially important in the long-term record.
Transient turbid water mass reduces temperature-induced coral bleaching and mortality in Barbados

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– This work examines large-scale ocean circulation patterns as a factor in determining the severity of coral bleaching events - something that has been little discussed or examined in the literature until now.
Rapidly increasing macroalgal cover not related to herbivorous fishes on Mesoamerican reefs

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– This paper can be added to a growing list of recent contributions that find no relationship between seaweed cover and fish abundance on Caribbean reefs. This study is important because of its temporal and spatial scale, which is different from other studies.
Coral reproduction in Western Australia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– An excellent review and summary of the state of knowledge of reproduction of Scleractinia in Western Australia that should provided references and information for coral reef workers not only in this region, but worldwide.
Optimization of viral resuspension methods for carbon-rich soils along a permafrost thaw gradient

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– Permafrost soil is important

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Nice to see 2 new #Rstats packages for simulating neutral #landscape models. Pipe dreams of integrating this into scripts we wrote to look at the relative effect of uncertainty from landscape and population demographic models. https://t.co/DvHJPrdbfQ via @thePeerJ https://t.co/Zc3Xf9mUIK

Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability, maybe some of this applies in all agronony, just sayin. Take 5 mins of your day to read this. https://t.co/ks5kVcqPg0

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Populations Crash! Article: https://t.co/CJisTzWtuT Journal: https://t.co/JMJdQ1Ou4P

Los elefantes africanos al borde de la extinción - In Spanish

Daily Maverick: "Counting Africa’s beleaguered elephants: Massive two-year census finds alarming declines"

GeekWire: "Paul Allen’s Great Elephant Census confirms catastrophic decline in Africa"

The Washington Post: "The largest-ever survey of elephants in Africa reveals startling declines"

Huffington Post: "A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching"


NPR Radio Slot: "Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe"

NPR: "African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent"

Mashable: "Historic census reveals the true plight of Africa's elephants"

The Guardian: "Poaching drives huge 30% decline in Africa's savanna elephants"