Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

New Cernotina caddisflies from the Ecuadorian Amazon (Trichoptera: Polycentropodidae)
Dezene Huber –– Two new species descriptions for an understudied part of the world that is facing cumulative anthropogenic threats.
Erwinia amylovora psychrotrophic adaptations: evidence of pathogenic potential and survival at temperate and low environmental temperatures
Blanca Landa –– The ms will provide insights into the biology and ecology of tis important plant pathogenic bacteria
Diversity of fish sound types in the Pearl River Estuary, China
Magnus Johnson –– This paper lays the foundations for the use of fish sounds as a way of monitoring a divers ecological assemblage.
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.
The intervals method: a new approach to analyse finite element outputs using multivariate statistics
Philip Cox –– This article describes a new technique for analysing the results of FEA. It has the potential to be used widely in the discipline.
Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata
Xavier Pochon –– This study explored an important yet understudied topic in coral physiology/biology, i.e., light-history based thermal stress response on individual colonies. This study uses a very unusual experimental design, i.e., an extremely small number of true replicates [n=3 coral colonies] to favor the focus on technical replicates [n=40 ramets per colony], but addresses interesting questions on the potential importance of intra-individual variability in physiological responses of scleractinian corals. This study uses an impressive combination of techniques, including imaging, various measurements (chl a fluorescence, chl a density, cell counts, coral growth rates), and molecular analyses.
Alpha-arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication
María Ángeles Esteban –– In this work the secreted proteome (secretome) of primary mature midgut cell cultures from Heliothis virescens larvae was studied after exposure to Cry1Ac toxin. These results identify a protein involved in the midgut regeneration process in response to Cry1Ac intoxication, the protein is arylphorin.
Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of metazoan evolution
Christopher Cooper –– One of very few articles on Trichoplax, an emerging model organism of increasing importance in evo-devo biology.
Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities
A. Murat Eren –– Ananke provides a framework to investigate temporal sampling efforts by organizing marker gene sequences into clusters of ecological patterns. While Hall et al. reports improvement over the current marker gene workflows with this approach, they demonstrate how clustering data based on sequence identity may obscure detailed investigations of ecological patterns in time-series data.
Ecomorphological characterization of murines and non-arvicoline cricetids (Rodentia) from south-western Europe since the latest Middle Miocene to the Mio-Pliocene boundary (MN 7/8–MN13)
Philip Cox –– The method used could be widely applicable for inferring ecology in extinct species.
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An interesting article about Genome-wide analysis of the SOD gene family in Zostera marina under temperature stress, I handled as an editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Ecology #MolecularBiology #PlantScience

Origin identification of migratory pests (European Starling) using geochemical fingerprinting @thePeerJ

Just published! Although my contribution was minimal, I now have a darter paper. Check it out: Phylogeography of the Yazoo Darter via @thePeerJ

Just published today! my article on Public priorities on sea level rise Stay safe.