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Patterns, mechanisms and genetics of speciation in reptiles and amphibians (2019)
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Wollenberg Valero, K. C., Marshall, J. C., Bastiaans, E., Caccone, A., Camargo, A., Morando, M., …Steinfartz, S. (2019). Patterns, mechanisms and genetics of speciation in reptiles and amphibians. Genes, 10(9), https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10090646

Speciation processes have long been inferred from phylogenetic, phylogeographic, and biogeographic pattern-driven perspectives. Now much current speciation research is attempting to more directly describe the underlying processes and mechanisms of di... Read More about Patterns, mechanisms and genetics of speciation in reptiles and amphibians.

Unravelling the macro-evolutionary ecology of fish–jellyfish associations: life in the ‘gingerbread house’ (2019)
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Griffin, D. C., Harrod, C., Houghton, J. D. R., & Capellini, I. (2019). Unravelling the macro-evolutionary ecology of fish–jellyfish associations: life in the ‘gingerbread house’. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1899), 20182325. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2325

Fish–jellyfish interactions are important factors contributing to fish stock success. Jellyfish can compete with fish for food resources, or feed on fish eggs and larvae, which works to reduce survivorship and recruitment of fish species. However, je... Read More about Unravelling the macro-evolutionary ecology of fish–jellyfish associations: life in the ‘gingerbread house’.

Handheld portable FTIR spectroscopy for the triage of micro and meso sized plastics in the marine environment incorporating an accelerated weathering study and an aging estimation (2019)
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McCumskay, R., Tang, P. L., Mckumskay, R., Rogerson, M., Waller, C., & Forster, R. (2019). Handheld portable FTIR spectroscopy for the triage of micro and meso sized plastics in the marine environment incorporating an accelerated weathering study and an aging estimation. Spectroscopy, 34(2), 54-60

Debris in the marine environment can be either natural, such as floating vegetation or volcanic ash deposits, or man-made. The man-made human sources cover the whole gamut of material types, from sewage, glass, mineral, fabric and, of increasing conc... Read More about Handheld portable FTIR spectroscopy for the triage of micro and meso sized plastics in the marine environment incorporating an accelerated weathering study and an aging estimation.

Needle in a haystack? A comparison of eDNA metabarcoding and targeted qPCR for detection of the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) (2018)
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Harper, L. R., Lawson Handley, L., Hahn, C., Boonham, N., Rees, H. C., Gough, K. C., …Hänfling, B. (2018). Needle in a haystack? A comparison of eDNA metabarcoding and targeted qPCR for detection of the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus). Ecology and Evolution, 8(12), 6330-6341. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4013

Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is a rapid, cost‐effective, non‐invasive biodiversity monitoring tool which utilises DNA left behind in the environment by organisms for species detection. The method is used as a species‐specific survey tool for rar... Read More about Needle in a haystack? A comparison of eDNA metabarcoding and targeted qPCR for detection of the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus).

New species of leafmining moths and bagworms in East Yorkshire : recent colonists or overlooked residents? (2017)
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Nunn, A. (2017). New species of leafmining moths and bagworms in East Yorkshire : recent colonists or overlooked residents?. The Entomologist's record and journal of variation, 129(3), 156-159

The historical scarcity of many leafmining moths in East Yorkshire (vice-county [VC] 61) (see Sutton & Beaumont, 1989) is at least partly due to a lack of recorder effort, and a number of apparently local or rare species are actually relatively wides... Read More about New species of leafmining moths and bagworms in East Yorkshire : recent colonists or overlooked residents?.

Ecomorphological Variation in Three Species of Cybotoid Anoles (2017)
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Kahrl, A. F., Ivanov, B. M., Valero, K. C. W., & Johnson, M. A. (2018). Ecomorphological Variation in Three Species of Cybotoid Anoles. Herpetologica, 74(1), 29-37 . https://doi.org/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-17-00040

© 2018 by The Herpetologists' League, Inc. Caribbean Anolis lizards exhibit a complex suite of ecological, morphological, and behavioral traits that allow their specialization to particular microhabitats. These microhabitat specialists, called ecomor... Read More about Ecomorphological Variation in Three Species of Cybotoid Anoles.

Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change (2017)
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Szitenberg, A., Salazar-Jaramillo, L., Blok, V. C., Laetsch, D. R., Joseph, S., Williamson, V. M., …Lunt, D. H. (2017). Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(10), 2844-2861 . https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evx201

The Root-Knot Nematodes (RKN; genus Meloidogyne) are important plant parasites causing substantial agricultural losses. The Meloidogyne incognita group (MIG) of species, most of which are obligatory apomicts (mitotic parthenogens), are extremely poly... Read More about Comparative genomics of apomictic root-knot nematodes: hybridization, ploidy, and dynamic genome change.

The genomic basis of cichlid fish adaptation within the deepwater “twilight zone” of Lake Malawi (2017)
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Hahn, C., Genner, M. J., Turner, G. F., & Joyce, D. A. (2017). The genomic basis of cichlid fish adaptation within the deepwater “twilight zone” of Lake Malawi. Evolution Letters, 1(4), 184-198. https://doi.org/10.1002/evl3.20

Deepwater environments are characterized by low levels of available light at narrow spectra, great hydrostatic pressure, and low levels of dissolved oxygen—conditions predicted to exert highly specific selection pressures. In Lake Malawi over 800 cic... Read More about The genomic basis of cichlid fish adaptation within the deepwater “twilight zone” of Lake Malawi.

Habitat loss and gain: Influence on habitat attractiveness for estuarine fish communities (2017)
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Amorim, E., Ramos, S., Elliott, M., Franco, A., & Bordalo, A. A. (2017). Habitat loss and gain: Influence on habitat attractiveness for estuarine fish communities. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 197, 244-257 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.043

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Habitat structure and complexity influence the structuring and functioning of fish communities. Habitat changes are one of the main pressures affecting estuarine systems worldwide, yet the degree and rate of change and its impact... Read More about Habitat loss and gain: Influence on habitat attractiveness for estuarine fish communities.

Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense (2017)
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Lindstedt, C., Boncoraglio, G., Cotter, S., Gilbert, J., & Kilner, R. M. (2017). Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense. Behavioral ecology, 28(6), 1414-1422. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx100

© 2017 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. All rights reserved. Burying beetles (Nicrophorus vespilloides) bear distinctive and variable orange-black patterning on their ely... Read More about Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense.

Genomic and phenotypic signatures of climate adaptation in an Anolis lizard (2017)
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Rodríguez, A., Rusciano, T., Hamilton, R., Holmes, L., Jordan, D., & Wollenberg Valero, K. C. (2017). Genomic and phenotypic signatures of climate adaptation in an Anolis lizard. Ecology and Evolution, 7(16), 6390-6403 . https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2985

Integrated knowledge on phenotype, physiology and genomic adaptations is required to understand the effects of climate on evolution. The functional genomic basis of organismal adaptation to changes in the abiotic environment, its phenotypic consequen... Read More about Genomic and phenotypic signatures of climate adaptation in an Anolis lizard.

Detection and reporting of ranavirus in amphibians: Evaluation of the roles of the world organisation for animal health and the published literature (2017)
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Black, Y., Meredith, A., & Price, S. J. (2017). Detection and reporting of ranavirus in amphibians: Evaluation of the roles of the world organisation for animal health and the published literature. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 53(3), 509-520. https://doi.org/10.7589/2016-08-176

Pathogens of wildlife can have direct impacts on human and livestock health as well as on biodiversity, as causative factors in population declines and extinctions. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) seeks to facilitate rapid sharing of i... Read More about Detection and reporting of ranavirus in amphibians: Evaluation of the roles of the world organisation for animal health and the published literature.

Active engagement with assessment and feedback can improve group-work outcomes and boost student confidence (2017)
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Scott, G. W. (2017). Active engagement with assessment and feedback can improve group-work outcomes and boost student confidence. Higher Education Pedagogies, 2(1), 1-13 . https://doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2017.1307692

This study involves evaluation of a novel iterative group-based learning task developed to enable students to actively engage with assessment and feedback in order to improve the quality of their written work. The students were all in the final semes... Read More about Active engagement with assessment and feedback can improve group-work outcomes and boost student confidence.

Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates (2016)
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Santos, E. S., Bueno, P. P., Gilbert, J. D. J., & Machado, G. (2017). Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates. Biological Reviews, 92(3), 1688-1701 . https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12303

The intensity of biotic interactions varies around the world, in such a way that mortality risk imposed by natural enemies is usually higher in the tropics. A major role of offspring attendance is protection against natural enemies, so the benefits o... Read More about Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates.

Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements (2016)
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Szitenberg, A., Cha, S., Opperman, C. H., Bird, D. M., Blaxter, M. L., & Lunt, D. H. (2016). Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(9), 2964-2978 . https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evw208

Transposable elements (TEs) are a major source of genome variation across the branches of life. Although TEs may play an adaptive role in their host’s genome, they are more often deleterious, and purifying selection is an important factor controlling... Read More about Genetic drift, not life history or RNAi, determine long term evolution of transposable elements.

Processing and exploitation of multisensor optical data for coastal water applications-The HIGHROC project (2016)
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Ruddick, K., Brockmann, C., Créach, V., De Keukelaere, L., Doxaran, D., Forster, R., …Vanhellemont, Q. (2016). Processing and exploitation of multisensor optical data for coastal water applications-The HIGHROC project. ESA SP, SP-740,

The FP7/HIGHROC ("HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour") Project is developing the next generation of optical products for coastal water services. These products are based on both mainstream ocean colour sensors (Sentinel-3/OLCI, VIIRS)... Read More about Processing and exploitation of multisensor optical data for coastal water applications-The HIGHROC project.

Ocean acidification affects marine chemical communication by changing structure and function of peptide signalling molecules (2016)
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Roggatz, C. C., Lorch, M., Hardege, J. D., & Benoit, D. M. (2016). Ocean acidification affects marine chemical communication by changing structure and function of peptide signalling molecules. Global change biology, 22(12), 3914-3926. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13354

Ocean acidification is a global challenge that faces marine organisms in the near future with a predicted rapid drop in pH of up to 0.4 units by the end of this century. Effects of the change in ocean carbon chemistry and pH on the development, growt... Read More about Ocean acidification affects marine chemical communication by changing structure and function of peptide signalling molecules.

Scale up study of capillary microreactors in solvent-free semihydrogenation of 2‐methyl‐3‐butyn‐2‐ol (2016)
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Cherkasov, N., Al-Rawashdeh, M. ’., Ibhadon, A. O., & Rebrov, E. V. (2016). Scale up study of capillary microreactors in solvent-free semihydrogenation of 2‐methyl‐3‐butyn‐2‐ol. Catalysis Today, 273, 205-212 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2016.03.028

A 2.5 wt.% Pd/ZnO catalytic coating has been deposited onto the inner wall of capillary reactors with a diameter of 0.53 and 1.6 mm. The coatings were characterised by XRD, SEM, TEM and elemental analysis. The performance of catalytic reactors was st... Read More about Scale up study of capillary microreactors in solvent-free semihydrogenation of 2‐methyl‐3‐butyn‐2‐ol.

Opposing patterns of seasonal change in functional and phylogenetic diversity of tadpole assemblages (2016)
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Strauß, A., Guilhaumon, F., Randrianiaina, R. D., Wollenberg Valero, K. C., Vences, M., & Glos, J. (2016). Opposing patterns of seasonal change in functional and phylogenetic diversity of tadpole assemblages. PloS one, 11(3), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151744

Assemblages that are exposed to recurring temporal environmental changes can show changes in their ecological properties. These can be expressed by differences in diversity and assembly rules. Both can be identified using two measures of diversity: f... Read More about Opposing patterns of seasonal change in functional and phylogenetic diversity of tadpole assemblages.

Comparing RADseq and microsatellites to infer complex phylogeographic patterns, an empirical perspective in the Crucian carp, Carassius carassius, L. (2016)
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Jeffries, D. L., Copp, G. H., Lawson Handley, L., Olsén, K. H., Sayer, C. D., & Hänfling, B. (2016). Comparing RADseq and microsatellites to infer complex phylogeographic patterns, an empirical perspective in the Crucian carp, Carassius carassius, L. Molecular ecology, 25(13), 2997-3018 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13613

The conservation of threatened species must be underpinned by phylogeographic knowledge. This need is epitomized by the freshwater fish Carassius carassius, which is in decline across much of its European range. Restriction site-associated DNA sequen... Read More about Comparing RADseq and microsatellites to infer complex phylogeographic patterns, an empirical perspective in the Crucian carp, Carassius carassius, L..


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