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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.

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?.

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.

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.

'Selfish herds' of guppies follow complex movement rules, but not when information is limited (2015)
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Kimbell, H. S., & Morrell, L. J. (2015). 'Selfish herds' of guppies follow complex movement rules, but not when information is limited. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1816), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1558

Under the threat of predation, animals can decrease their level of risk by moving towards other individuals to form compact groups. A significant body of theoretical work has proposed multiple movement rules, varying in complexity, which might underl... Read More about 'Selfish herds' of guppies follow complex movement rules, but not when information is limited.

Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes (2015)
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Nichols, P., Genner, M. J., van Oosterhout, C., Smith, A., Parsons, P., Sungani, H., …Joyce, D. A. (2015). Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1798), https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.2272

Theory proposes that genomic admixture between formerly reproductively isolated populations can generate phenotypic novelty for selection to act upon. Secondary contact may therefore be a significant promoter of phenotypic novelty that allows species... Read More about Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes.

Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia (2013)
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Maccari, M., Gómez, A., Hontoria, F., & Amat, F. (2013). Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia. Journal of evolutionary biology, 26(9), 1934-1948. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12191

Functional males that are produced occasionally in some asexual taxa - called 'rare males' - raise considerable evolutionary interest, as they might be involved in the origin of new parthenogenetic lineages. Diploid parthenogenetic Artemia produce ra... Read More about Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia.

Sensitivity analysis to explore responsiveness and dynamic range of multi-metric fish-based indices for assessing the ecological status of estuaries and lagoons (2012)
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Alvarez, M. C., Franco, A., Pérez-Domínguez, R., & Elliott, M. (2013). Sensitivity analysis to explore responsiveness and dynamic range of multi-metric fish-based indices for assessing the ecological status of estuaries and lagoons. Hydrobiologia, 704(1), 347-362. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-012-1314-7

Fish-based multi-metric indices are an integral tool in implementing effective water policy initiatives for transitional waters. This study analysed the behaviour of three fish indices (TFCI in the UK, ELFI in France and EFAI in Portugal) developed f... Read More about Sensitivity analysis to explore responsiveness and dynamic range of multi-metric fish-based indices for assessing the ecological status of estuaries and lagoons.

Serum proteomic profiling reveals that pretreatment complement protein levels are predictive of esophageal cancer patient response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation (2011)
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Maher, S. G., McDowell, D. T., Collins, B. C., Muldoon, C., Gallagher, W. M., & Reynolds, J. V. (2011). Serum proteomic profiling reveals that pretreatment complement protein levels are predictive of esophageal cancer patient response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation. Annals of Surgery, 254(5), 809-816. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0b013e31823699f2

OBJECTIVE: To identify serum-based biomarkers predicting response to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (neo-CRT) in esophageal cancer. PURPOSE: Increasingly, the standard of care for esophageal cancer involves neo-CRT followed by surgery. The identificat... Read More about Serum proteomic profiling reveals that pretreatment complement protein levels are predictive of esophageal cancer patient response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation.

The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus (2011)
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Bunnell, T., Hanisch, K., Hardege, J. D., & Breithaupt, T. (2011). The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 37(4), 340-347. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-011-9936-1

Parasite loads of animals vary among individuals, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully identified. Here, we investigated whether health status of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) is correlated with tick burden, and whether chemical cues l... Read More about The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus.

Maternal investment, life histories, and the costs of brain growth in mammals (2011)
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Barton, R. A., & Capellini, I. (2011). Maternal investment, life histories, and the costs of brain growth in mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(15), 6169-6174. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1019140108

Brain size variation in mammals correlates with life histories: larger-brained species have longer gestations, mature later, and have increased lifespans. These patterns have been explained in terms of developmental costs (larger brains take longer t... Read More about Maternal investment, life histories, and the costs of brain growth in mammals.

Why are small males aggressive? (2005)
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Morrell, L. J., Lindström, J., & Ruxton, G. D. (2005). Why are small males aggressive?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 272(1569), 1235-1241. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3085

Aggression is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom, whenever the interests of individuals conflict. In contests between animals, the larger opponent is often victorious. However, counter intuitively, an individual that has little chance of winning (gener... Read More about Why are small males aggressive?.