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Townhill, B., Pinnegar, J., Tinker, J., Jones, M., Simpson, S., Stebbing, P., & Dye, S. (2017). Non-native marine species in north-west Europe: Developing an approach to assess future spread using regional downscaled climate projections. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27(5), 1035–1050. doi:10.1002/aqc.2764 https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2764

Climate change can affect the survival, colonization and establishment of non-native species. Many non-native species common in Europe are spreading northwards as seawater temperatures increase. The similarity of climatic conditions between source and recipient areas is assumed to influence the est…

Pelletier, T. A., Carstens, B. C., Tank, D. C., Sullivan, J., & Espíndola, A. (2018). Predicting plant conservation priorities on a global scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(51), 13027–13032. doi:10.1073/pnas.1804098115 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1804098115

The conservation status of most plant species is currently unknown, despite the fundamental role of plants in ecosystem health. To facilitate the costly process of conservation assessment, we developed a predictive protocol using a machine-learning approach to predict conservation status of over 150…

Ribeiro-Júnior, M. A., da Silva, M. B., & Lima, J. D. (2016). A New Species ofBachiaGray 1845 (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Eastern Guiana Shield. Herpetologica, 72(2), 148–156. doi:10.1655/herpetologica-d-15-00030 https://doi.org/10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-15-00030

Abstract: A new species of Bachia of the B. heteropa group is described from the Parque Nacional Montanhas do Tumucumaque in northeastern Amazonia, Amapá State, Brazil. The new species morphologically resembles B. heteropa and B. guianensis. Nonetheless, the absence of interparietal and prefrontal s…

Oyinlola, M. A., Reygondeau, G., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Troell, M., & Cheung, W. W. L. (2018). Global estimation of areas with suitable environmental conditions for mariculture species. PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0191086. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0191086 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191086

Aquaculture has grown rapidly over the last three decades expanding at an average annual growth rate of 5.8% (2005–2014), down from 8.8% achieved between 1980 and 2010. The sector now produces 44% of total food fish production. Increasing demand and consumption from a growing global population are d…

Seaborn, T., Goldberg, C. S., & Crespi, E. J. (2020). Drivers of distributions and niches of North American cold‐adapted amphibians: evaluating both climate and land use. Ecological Applications. doi:10.1002/eap.2236 https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2236

Species distribution estimates are often used to understand the niche of a species; however, these are often based solely on climatic predictors. When the influences of biotic factors are ignored, erroneous inferences about range and niche may be made. We aimed to integrate climate data with a uniqu…

Zizka, A., Antunes Carvalho, F., Calvente, A., Rocio Baez-Lizarazo, M., Cabral, A., Coelho, J. F. R., … Antonelli, A. (2020). No one-size-fits-all solution to clean GBIF. PeerJ, 8, e9916. doi:10.7717/peerj.9916 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.9916

Species occurrence records provide the basis for many biodiversity studies. They derive from georeferenced specimens deposited in natural history collections and visual observations, such as those obtained through various mobile applications. Given the rapid increase in availability of such data, th…

Oegelund Nielsen, R., da Silva, R., Juergens, J., Staerk, J., Lindholm Sørensen, L., Jackson, J., … Conde, D. A. (2020). Standardized data to support conservation prioritization for sharks and batoids (Elasmobranchii). Data in Brief, 33, 106337. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106337

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Li, X., Li, B., Wang, G., Zhan, X., & Holyoak, M. (2020). Deeply digging the interaction effect in multiple linear regressions using a fractional-power interaction term. MethodsX, 7, 101067. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067

In multiple regression Y ~ β0 + β1X1 + β2X2 + β3X1 X2 + ɛ., the interaction term is quantified as the product of X1 and X2. We developed fractional-power interaction regression (FPIR), using βX1M X2N as the interaction term. The rationale of FPIR is that the slopes of Y-X1 regression along the X2 gr…

Newbold, T., Oppenheimer, P., Etard, A., & Williams, J. J. (2020). Tropical and Mediterranean biodiversity is disproportionately sensitive to land-use and climate change. Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01303-0 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01303-0

Global biodiversity is undergoing rapid declines, driven in large part by changes to land use and climate. Global models help us to understand the consequences of environmental changes for biodiversity, but tend to neglect important geographical variation in the sensitivity of biodiversity to these …

Freitas, T. M. da S., Stropp, J., Calegari, B. B., Calatayud, J., De Marco, P., Montag, L. F. de A., & Hortal, J. (2020). Quantifying shortfalls in the knowledge on Neotropical Auchenipteridae fishes. Fish and Fisheries. doi:10.1111/faf.12507 https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12507

The Neotropics harbour the greatest diversity of freshwater fish on Earth. Despite recent advances in characterizing the fish fauna, the total number of species, distributional range, evolution and ecological traits remain uncertain. Thus, we quantify shortfalls in the knowledge of taxonomy (Linnean…