Environmental Science

Academic Editor Commentary

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

What killed Frame Lake? A precautionary tale for urban planners

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Bruno Marino –– The encroachment of human activity on natural systems is a complex interplay of events recorded through time and deposition of proxy indicators. "Who Killed Frame Lake.." is an iconic journey through time for the lake and its signatory participants. The future and remediation of Frame Lake is now in the hands of planners who may benefit from this example of human/nature interaction.
Suitable oasis scales under a government plan in the Kaidu-Konqi River Basin of northwest arid region, China

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hong Yang –– This paper increases our understanding of the water resource in oases in West China in the future climate change.
Sorption to soil, biochar and compost: is prediction to multicomponent mixtures possible based on single sorbent measurements?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Samuel Abiven –– This work combines technical and methodological improvements and potential applications for agriculture. It could have an impact for different aspects on the scientific community.
Pollution of the sediments of the coastal zone of the Sambia Peninsula and the Curonian Spit (Southeastern Baltic Sea)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kalliat Valsaraj –– This paper describes the pollution in the Baltic sea and explains the origins of the same. This knowledge will be useful in future efforts at clean up or prevention of contaminants from entering the area.
Quantitative estimation of soil salinity by means of different modeling methods and visible-near infrared (VIS–NIR) spectroscopy, Ebinur Lake Wetland, Northwest China

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Danlin Yu –– Decent combination of modeling, filed experience, and data analysis
The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Louise Willemen –– Decision makers need informative maps of wetlands. This study shows the variation in wetland maps resulting from different classification methods and as such highlighting the uncertainty of map classes. The way wetland maps are made impacts the planning and evaluation policies.
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Experimental moose reduction lowers wolf density and stops decline of endangered caribou

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Byrne –– While the study design is not perfect (BACI) due to a lack of replication, given the limitations of this type of intervention and the scale at which it was undertaken, the study remains a significant contribution to the field and could have significant real world impacts. However, the paper may be controversial, as is often the case with large-scale wildlife management projects.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important contribution, not only because it illuminates on the complex relations between dogs and wolves, and on how adaptations can move between related species, but also because it is relevant for understanding the domestication process of animals, but also in plants.

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An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/mzp8axlPiY #AquaticandMarineChemistry

The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland https://t.co/weyB2H9zM0 via @thePeerJ

RNAi based pesticides may not be as safe as they are marketed. Buyer beware @thePeerJ https://t.co/SuCsMepM9k #Biotechnology #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology #Ecotoxicology

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Introgression in Colpichthys (silversides) at the Colorado Delta, cool paper guys :) https://t.co/7WmdI5QdZR via @thePeerJ

Moose reduction stops caribou decline https://t.co/hqCaio5RQ2 via @thePeerJ

To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762

Forget wolf culls: researcher says more moose and deer hunting would help B.C. caribou
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-caribou-wolf-cull-1.4269660

New York Times: "Hunting Moose in Canada to Save Caribou From Wolves"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/science/moose-wolves-caribou.html

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829091032.htm

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbpk4/hunt-moose-to-save-caribou-that-are-killed-by-wolves-scientists-say?utm_source=mbtwitter

How do you help save endangered caribou? Stop the invading moose!
http://blog.abmi.ca/2017/08/29/how-do-you-help-save-endangered-caribou-stop-the-invading-moose/#.WaZ_fJOGOqC

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-aat082317.php#.WaVTzfuJKtk.facebook

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou Conservation often requires difficult decisions
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/