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Consistent patterns of high alpha and low beta diversity in tropical parasitic and free-living protists

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Lentendu, G., Mahé, F., Bass, D., Rueckert, S., Stoeck, T., & Dunthorn, M. (2018)
Consistent patterns of high alpha and low beta diversity in tropical parasitic and free-living protists. Molecular Ecology, 27(13), 2846-2857. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14731
Tropical animals and plants are known to have high alpha diversity within forests, but low beta diversity between forests. By contrast, it is unknown if microbes inhabiting th...

Size-assortative pairing and discrimination of potential mates by humpback whales in the Hawaiian breeding grounds

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Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Spitz, S. S., Craig, A. S., Hakala, S., Deakos, M. H., …Lowe, C. (2012)
Size-assortative pairing and discrimination of potential mates by humpback whales in the Hawaiian breeding grounds. Animal Behaviour, 84(4), 983-993. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.07.024
Assortative pairing, and its relation to mate choice, has rarely been documented in mammals. Using data collected from 1998-2007, we investigated size-assortative pairing as i...

Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?

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Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., Pack, A. A., & Waterman, J. (2014)
Habitat segregation by female humpback whales in Hawaiian waters: avoidance of males?. Behaviour, 151(5), 613-631. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539x-00003151
Humpback whales congregate annually in low-latitude winter breeding and calving grounds. While on these grounds, females with a dependent calf (‘maternal females’) are sometim...

Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa.

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Weier, S. M., Linden, V. M., Gaigher, I., White, P. J., & Taylor, P. J. (2017)
Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa. Mammalia, 81(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0055
In order to gain insight into the pattern of bat species composition over altitude and the environmental variables driving the observed pattern, we compared data from moist so...

Biomass and productivity of seagrasses in Africa

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Githaiga, M. N., Gilpin, L., Kairo, J. G., & Huxham, M. (2016)
Biomass and productivity of seagrasses in Africa. Botanica Marina, 59(2-3), 173-186. https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2015-0075
There is growing interest in carbon stocks and flows in seagrass ecosystems, but recent global reviews suggest a paucity of studies from Africa. This paper reviews work on sea...

Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves

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Gress, S. K., Huxham, M., Kairo, J. G., Mugi, L. M., & Briers, R. A. (2017)
Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves. Global Change Biology, 23(1), 224-234. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13438
Despite covering only approximately 138,000 km2, mangroves are globally important carbon sinks with carbon density values 3 to 4 times that of terrestrial forests. A key chall...

Archigregarines of the English Channel revisited: New molecular data on Selenidium species including early described and new species and the uncertainties of phylogenetic relationships

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Rueckert, S., & Horák, A. (2017)
Archigregarines of the English Channel revisited: New molecular data on Selenidium species including early described and new species and the uncertainties of phylogenetic relationships. PLOS ONE, 12(11), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187430
Background Gregarines represent an important transition step from free-living predatory (colpodellids s.l.) and/or photosynthetic (Chromera and Vitrella) apicomplexan lineage...

Constructing more informative plant–pollinator networks: visitation and pollen deposition networks in a heathland plant community

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Ballantyne, G., Baldock, K. C. R., & Willmer, P. G. (2015)
Constructing more informative plant–pollinator networks: visitation and pollen deposition networks in a heathland plant community. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1814), https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1130
Interaction networks are widely used as tools to understand plant–pollinator communities, and to examine potential threats to plant diversity and food security if the ecosyste...

Seagrass removal leads to rapid changes in fauna and loss of carbon.

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Githaiga, M. N., Frouws, A. M., Kairo, J. G., & Huxham, M. (2019)
Seagrass removal leads to rapid changes in fauna and loss of carbon. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00062
Seagrass habitats are important natural carbon sinks, with an average of ∼14 kg C m−2 buried in their sediments. The fate of this carbon following seagrass removal or damage h...

Environmental sustainability and biodiversity within the dental practice.

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Duane, B., Ramasubbu, D., Harford, S., Steinbach, I., Stancliffe, R., & Ballantyne, G. (2019)
Environmental sustainability and biodiversity within the dental practice. British Dental Journal, 226(9), 701-705. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0208-8
This paper forms part of a series of papers, seven in total, which have been requested by colleagues to help them as clinicians understand sustainability as it relates to dent...