Environmental Science

Editors' Picks

Understanding PM2.5 concentration and removal efficiency variation in urban forest park—Observation at human breathing height
Kalliat Valsaraj –– The data on particulate matter in an urban forest park site in China may find relevance in many other parts of the developing world
Validity of the iLOAD® app for resistance training monitoring
Scotty Butcher –– This new app solves a problem with current apps in the resistance monitoring literature by allowing real-time velocity feedback. The authors have shown excellent validity compared with direct velocity measures.
Methods matter: the relationship between strength and hypertrophy depends on methods of measurement and analysis
Scotty Butcher –– This article addresses a major concern in the exercise training literature with implications for many fields including sports science, coaching, rehabilitation, and training. The authors have taken a thoughtful approach to a divergent topic and made sense of the conflicting literature.
Suitable oasis scales under a government plan in the Kaidu-Konqi River Basin of northwest arid region, China
Hong Yang –– This paper increases our understanding of the water resource in oases in West China in the future climate change.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot
Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): design and first-year review
Edward Fox –– For those producing software, this provides a way to get that published and to ensure the authors get warranted credit. For those interested in software, this provides an easy way to learn about new and high quality works. Further, it broadens the field of publishing.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity
Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Cell wall composition and lignin biosynthetic gene expression along a developmental gradient in an Australian sugarcane cultivar
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It is an important piece of work describing the cell wall composition from an agronomic food crop that is also a potential bioenergy feedstock.
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas
Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Effects of tire leachate on the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus and the native congener Aedes triseriatus
Ilaria Negri –– Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species, able to adapt to many environments. This article helps to shed light on its ecology.
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It is hard to name new species! Even for bacteria! Debbie Brock valiantly guided this one to publication today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/U3rrHn3Oou #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies #Microbiology #Taxonomy

Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/TicLtr6MJQ #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience #Entomology #Paleontology

Distribution of the acoustic occurrence of dolphins during the summers 2011 to 2015 in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico https://t.co/8GwDMaOcOT @thePeerJ https://t.co/fubMuXHUim

Impact of cost distance and habitat fragmentation on the daily path length of Rhinopithecus bieti https://t.co/8DFsGjqSNc @thePeerJ https://t.co/XTd9jqj6Wl