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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736847/reproductive-plasticity-and-landscape-heterogeneity-benefit-a-ground-nesting-bird-in-a-fire-prone-ecosystem
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J Matthew Carroll, Torre J Hovick, Craig A Davis, R Dwayne Elmore, Samuel D Fuhlendorf
Disturbance is critical for the conservation of rangeland ecosystems worldwide and many of these systems are fire dependent. Although it is well established that restoring fire as an ecological process can lead to increased biodiversity in grasslands and shrublands, the underlying mechanisms driving community patterns are poorly understood for fauna in fire-prone landscapes. Much of this uncertainty stems from the paucity of studies that examine the effects of fire at scales relevant to organism life histories...
July 24, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733024/ecohealth-research-in-africa-where-from-where-to
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EDITORIAL
Robert Bergquist, Norbert W Brattig, Moses J Chimbari, Jakob Zinsstag, Jürg Utzinger
Epidemiological mapping and risk profiling build on the idea that diseases are tied to social-ecological systems that govern the distribution and abundance of transmissible pathogens, vectors and hosts. This is the heart of the emerging field of ecohealth, which examines how biological, cultural, demographic, economic, physical, political and social environments change can affect the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and ecosystems and the services they provide. This paper is an overview of a special issue of Acta Tropica, whose 15 publications reflect a geographically and epidemiologically diverse landscape of ecohealth in Africa...
July 18, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731793/phylogeny-traits-and-biodiversity-of-a-neotropical-bat-assemblage-close-relatives-show-similar-responses-to-local-deforestation
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Hannah K Frank, Luke O Frishkoff, Chase D Mendenhall, Gretchen C Daily, Elizabeth A Hadly
If species' evolutionary pasts predetermine their responses to evolutionarily novel stressors, then phylogeny could predict species survival in an increasingly human-dominated world. To understand the role of phylogenetic relatedness in structuring responses to rapid environmental change, we focused on assemblages of Neotropical bats, an ecologically diverse and functionally important group. We examined how taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity shift between tropical forest and farmland. We then explored the importance of evolutionary history by ascertaining whether close relatives share similar responses to environmental change and which species traits might mediate these trends...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727195/patterns-of-divergence-across-the-geographic-and-genomic-landscape-of-a-butterfly-hybrid-zone-associated-with-a-climatic-gradient
#4
Sean F Ryan, Michael C Fontaine, Mark J Scriber, Michael E Pfrender, Shawn T O'Neil, Jessica J Hellmann
Hybrid zones are a valuable tool for studying the process of speciation and for identifying the genomic regions undergoing divergence and the ecological (extrinsic) and non-ecological (intrinsic) factors involved. Here, we explored the genomic and geographic landscape of divergence in a hybrid zone between Papilio glaucus and Papilio canadensis. Using a genome scan of 28,417 ddRAD SNPs, we identified genomic regions under possible selection and examined their distribution in the context of previously identified candidate genes for ecological adaptations...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726455/a-developmental-perspective-on-the-link-between-parents-employment-and-children-s-obesity
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Robert Crosnoe, Rachel Dunifon
Despite public concerns about the negative implications of the increased labor force participation of mothers for child development, decades of research have revealed few risks and some benefits. One potential risk-a consistently observed association between maternal employment and childhood obesity-offers a window into how some dimensions of family health may be undermined by work in an economic and policy context that is not family friendly. The purpose of this article is to identify ways that a developmental perspective can enrich the literature on how children's weight may be related to the work experiences of both mothers and fathers across diverse populations, a literature that heretofore has been dominated by economic and demographic perspectives, focused almost solely on women, and largely ignored racial/ethnic variation...
July 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724218/roadside-verges-as-habitats-for-endangered-lizard-orchids-himantoglossum-spp-ecological-traps-or-refuges
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Réka Fekete, Timea Nagy, Judit Bódis, Éva Biró, Viktor Löki, Kristóf Süveges, Attila Takács, Jácint Tökölyi, Attila Molnár V
Alterations in traditional land use practices have led to severe declines in the area of semi-natural grasslands, thereby seriously threatening plant and animal species dependent on these habitats. Small anthropogenic managed habitats, like roadsides can act as refuges and might play an important role in conserving these species. Colonization of roadside verges by endangered lizard orchids (Himantoglossum spp.) has long been known, but few studies have systematically explored the suitability of roadside habitats for these orchids and the impact of roads on them...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720703/canopy-structure-drives-orangutan-habitat-selection-in-disturbed-bornean-forests
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Andrew B Davies, Marc Ancrenaz, Felicity Oram, Gregory P Asner
The conservation of charismatic and functionally important large species is becoming increasingly difficult. Anthropogenic pressures continue to squeeze available habitat and force animals into degraded and disturbed areas. Ensuring the long-term survival of these species requires a well-developed understanding of how animals use these new landscapes to inform conservation and habitat restoration efforts. We combined 3 y of highly detailed visual observations of Bornean orangutans with high-resolution airborne remote sensing (Light Detection and Ranging) to understand orangutan movement in disturbed and fragmented forests of Malaysian Borneo...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719191/relationships-between-dissolved-organic-matter-composition-and-photochemistry-in-lakes-of-diverse-trophic-status
#8
Andrew Chapin Maizel, Jing Li, Christina K Remucal
The North Temperate Lakes-Long Term Ecological Research site includes seven lakes in northern Wisconsin that vary in hydrology, trophic status, and landscape position. We examine the molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM) within these lakes using Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) and quantify DOM photochemical activity using probe compounds. Correlations between the relative intensity of individual molecular formulas and reactive species production demonstrate the influence of DOM composition on photochemistry...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718203/landscape-effects-on-pollination-networks-in-mediterranean-gypsum-islands
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Silvia Santamaría, Ana M Sánchez, Jesús López-Angulo, Concepción Ornosa, Iñaki Mola, Adrián Escudero
Habitat fragmentation is a major driver of global change that has operated historically on Mediterranean ecosystems. However, more needs to be understood about how fragmentation influences ecological interactions, particularly pollination. Gypsum outcrops are historically fragmented Mediterranean habitats and settings for the evolution of many endangered soil-specialist plants with narrow ranges. In this study, we aimed to determine how fragmentation (area and connectivity) affects: (i) the pollinator community composition, and (ii) the structural properties of pollination networks; and whether there are differences in the effects of fragmentation on: (iii) the number of interactions and visits among pollinator functional groups; and (iv) the number of interactions and specialization degree between soil-specialist and soil-generalist plants...
July 17, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711823/using-nitrogen-concentration-and-isotopic-composition-in-lichens-to-spatially-assess-the-relative-contribution-of-atmospheric-nitrogen-sources-in-complex-landscapes
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P Pinho, C Barros, S Augusto, M J Pereira, C Máguas, C Branquinho
Reactive nitrogen (Nr) is an important driver of global change, causing alterations in ecosystem biodiversity and functionality. Environmental assessments require monitoring the emission and deposition of both the amount and types of Nr. This is especially important in heterogeneous landscapes, as different land-cover types emit particular forms of Nr to the atmosphere, which can impact ecosystems distinctively. Such assessments require high spatial resolution maps that also integrate temporal variations, and can only be feasibly achieved by using ecological indicators...
July 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709856/developing-smartphone-apps-for-behavioural-studies-the-alcorisk-app-case-study
#11
Anthony Smith, Kristy de Salas, Ian Lewis, Benjamin Schüz
Advances in mobile technology and significantly increasing utilization of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have resulted in a paradigm shift from PC-centric computing to mobile computing. The results of careful analysis conducted of this mobile landscape indicate that there is a growing demand for smart, user-centric, situation-aware mobile software. Invariably, concomitant with this demand is the need for methodologies that can provide support the development of this type of software. In this paper, we propose a semantic framework, called the mobile situation-aware framework, which supports efficient modeling, construction, processing, management, and inference of mobile situation information...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708881/large-anthropogenic-impacts-on-a-charismatic-small-carnivore-insights-from-distribution-surveys-of-red-panda-ailurus-fulgens-in-nepal
#12
Saroj Panthi, Gopal Khanal, Krishna Prasad Acharya, Achyut Aryal, Arjun Srivathsa
Protected areas are key to preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. However, their ability to ensure long-term survival of threatened andendangered species varies across countries, regions and landscapes. Distribution surveys can beparticularly important for assessing the value of protected areas, and gauging their efficacy incatering to species-specific requirements. We assessed the conservation value of one such reserve for a charismatic yet globally endangered species, the red panda Ailurus fulgens,in the light of on-going land-use transformation in Nepal...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706999/ecological-connectivity-networks-in-rapidly-expanding-cities
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Amal Najihah M Nor, Ron Corstanje, Jim A Harris, Darren R Grafius, Gavin M Siriwardena
Urban expansion increases fragmentation of the landscape. In effect, fragmentation decreases connectivity, causes green space loss and impacts upon the ecology and function of green space. Restoration of the functionality of green space often requires restoring the ecological connectivity of this green space within the city matrix. However, identifying ecological corridors that integrate different structural and functional connectivity of green space remains vague. Assessing connectivity for developing an ecological network by using efficient models is essential to improve these networks under rapid urban expansion...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703324/scaling-range-sizes-to-threats-for-robust-predictions-of-risks-to-biodiversity
#14
David A Keith, H Resit Akçakaya, Nicholas J Murray
Assessments of risk to biodiversity often rely on spatial distributions of species and ecosystems. Range size metrics used extensively in these assessments, such as Area of Occupancy (AOO), are sensitive to measurement scale, prompting proposals to measure them at finer scales, or a variery of different scales based on the shape of the distribution or ecological characteristics of the biota. Despite its dominant role in Red List assessments for decades, appropriate spatial scales of AOO for predicting risks of species extinction or ecosystem collapse remain untested and contentious...
July 13, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701194/characterization-and-productivity-profiles-of-aedes-aegypti-l-breeding-habitats-across-rural-and-urban-landscapes-in-western-and-coastal-kenya
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Harun N Ngugi, Francis M Mutuku, Bryson A Ndenga, Peter S Musunzaji, Joel O Mbakaya, Peter Aswani, Lucy W Irungu, Dunstan Mukoko, John Vulule, Uriel Kitron, Angelle D LaBeaud
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti, the principal vector for dengue and other emerging arboviruses, breeds preferentially in various man-made and natural container habitats. In the absence of vaccine, epidemiological surveillance and vector control remain the best practices for preventing dengue outbreaks. Effective vector control depends on a good understanding of larval and adult vector ecology of which little is known in Kenya. In the current study, we sought to characterize breeding habitats and establish container productivity profiles of Ae...
July 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700595/origin-of-mounds-in-the-pantanal-wetlands-an-integrated-approach-between-geomorphology-pedogenesis-ecology-and-soil-micromorphology
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Jairo Calderari de Oliveira Junior, Raphael Moreira Beirigo, Mariane Chiapini, Alexandre Ferreira do Nascimento, Eduardo Guimarães Couto, Pablo Vidal-Torrado
Vegetated mounds are an important geomorphological feature of the Pantanal, where the influence of floods dictates not only hydropedological processes, but also the distribution and ecology of the flora and fauna. This work aimed to identify factors and processes that influence the formation and spatial distribution of the mounds, which are commonly associated with termite activity. In order to characterize pedological processes, macro and micro morphological descriptions, satellite image interpretation, dating of the sandy sedimentary material using OSL and carbon dating using 14C AMS were carried out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698822/in-vivo-function-of-pg%C3%AE-glu-1-in-the-release-of-acetophenones-in-white-spruce
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Melissa H Mageroy, Denis Lachance, Sharon Jancsik, Geneviève Parent, Armand Séguin, John Mackay, Joerg Bohlmann
Eastern spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferiana Clemens) (ESBW) is a major forest pest which feeds on young shoots of white spruce (Picea glauca) and can cause landscape level economic and ecological losses. Release of acetophenone metabolites, piceol and pungenol, from their corresponding glycosides, picein and pungenin, can confer natural resistance of spruce to ESBW. A beta-glucosidase gene, Pgβglu-1, was recently discovered and the encoded enzyme was characterized in vitro to function in the release of the defensive acetophenone aglycons...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692834/using-national-ambient-air-quality-standards-for-fine-particulate-matter-to-assess-regional-wildland-fire-smoke-and-air-quality-management
#18
Don Schweizer, Ricardo Cisneros, Samuel Traina, Teamrat A Ghezzehei, Glenn Shaw
Wildland fire is an important ecological process in the California Sierra Nevada. Personal accounts from pre-20th century describe a much smokier environment than present day. The policy of suppression beginning in the early 20th century and climate change are contributing to increased megafires. We use a single particulate monitoring site at the wildland urban interface to explore impacts from prescribed, managed, and full suppression wildland fires from 2006 to 2015 producing a contextual assessment of smoke impacts over time at the landscape level...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692693/landscape-context-and-the-biophysical-response-of-rivers-to-dam-removal-in-the-united-states
#19
Melissa M Foley, Francis J Magilligan, Christian E Torgersen, Jon J Major, Chauncey W Anderson, Patrick J Connolly, Daniel Wieferich, Patrick B Shafroth, James E Evans, Dana Infante, Laura S Craig
Dams have been a fundamental part of the U.S. national agenda over the past two hundred years. Recently, however, dam removal has emerged as a strategy for addressing aging, obsolete infrastructure and more than 1,100 dams have been removed since the 1970s. However, only 130 of these removals had any ecological or geomorphic assessments, and fewer than half of those included before- and after-removal (BAR) studies. In addition, this growing, but limited collection of dam-removal studies is limited to distinct landscape settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692673/gastrointestinal-parasite-infections-and-self-medication-in-wild-chimpanzees-surviving-in-degraded-forest-fragments-within-an-agricultural-landscape-mosaic-in-uganda
#20
Matthew R McLennan, Hideo Hasegawa, Massimo Bardi, Michael A Huffman
Monitoring health in wild great apes is integral to their conservation and is especially important where they share habitats with humans, given the potential for zoonotic pathogen exchange. We studied the intestinal parasites of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) inhabiting degraded forest fragments amid farmland and villages in Bulindi, Uganda. We first identified protozoan and helminth parasites infecting this population. Sixteen taxa were demonstrated microscopically (9 protozoa, 5 nematodes, 1 cestode, and 1 trematode)...
2017: PloS One
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