Editor rating: 8 / 10Stuart 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Magnus 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mark Costello –– Provides useful method to improve coral transplantation techniques. Also, shows beneficial interactions between 3-D habitat, fish grazing and survival of coral polyps.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Budiman Minasny –– The use of bayesian statistic in risk assessment
Editor rating: 7 / 10Darren 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Sara 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Dezene 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Stuart Pimm –– An important connection between terrestrial pollution and the harm it does to marine species.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Herman 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Alex 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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