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Targeted and passive environmental DNA approaches outperform established methods for detection of quagga mussels, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis in flowing water (2020)
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Blackman, R. C., Ling, K. K. S., Harper, L. R., Shum, P., Hänfling, B., & Lawson-Handley, L. (2020). Targeted and passive environmental DNA approaches outperform established methods for detection of quagga mussels, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis in flowing water. Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6921

The early detection of invasive non-native species (INNS) is important for informing management actions. Established monitoring methods require the collection or observation of specimens, which is unlikely at the beginning of an invasion when densiti... Read More about Targeted and passive environmental DNA approaches outperform established methods for detection of quagga mussels, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis in flowing water.

Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees (2020)
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Tainsh, F., Woodmansey, S. R., Austin, A. J., Bagnall, T. E., & Gilbert, J. D. (in press). Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees. Apidologie, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-020-00801-1

Nutritional studies often require precise control of nutrients via dilution of artificial diets with indigestible material, but such studies in bees are limited. Common diluents like cellulose typically result in total mortality of bee larvae, making... Read More about Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees.

Disassociated rhamphotheca of fossil bird Confuciusornis informs early beak reconstruction, stress regime, and developmental patterns (2020)
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Miller, C. V., Pittman, M., Kaye, T. G., Wang, X., Bright, J. A., & Zheng, X. (2020). Disassociated rhamphotheca of fossil bird Confuciusornis informs early beak reconstruction, stress regime, and developmental patterns. Communications Biology, 3(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01252-1

Soft tissue preservation in fossil birds provides a rare window into their anatomy, function, and development. Here, we present an exceptionally-preserved specimen of Confuciusornis which, through Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence imaging, is identified... Read More about Disassociated rhamphotheca of fossil bird Confuciusornis informs early beak reconstruction, stress regime, and developmental patterns.

Levelling the playing field: The effect of including widening participation in university league tables (2020)
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Hubbard, K., Nattrass, S., & O'Neill, M. (in press). Levelling the playing field: The effect of including widening participation in university league tables. International Review of Education,

Universities are ranked in University League Tables (ULTs). Sustained academic criticism of the rationale and methodology of ULTs has not stopped these rankings exerting considerable pressure on the decisions of University managers. Widening Particip... Read More about Levelling the playing field: The effect of including widening participation in university league tables.

Challenging, Exciting, Impersonal, Nervous: Academic experiences of large class teaching (2020)
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Hubbard, K., & Tallents, L. (in press). Challenging, Exciting, Impersonal, Nervous: Academic experiences of large class teaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8(1), 59-73. https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i1.405

Massification of Higher Education has resulted in a rapid increase in undergraduate populations, without an increase in the number of teaching staff. One consequence is that students are typically taught in larger classes. While the impact of class s... Read More about Challenging, Exciting, Impersonal, Nervous: Academic experiences of large class teaching.

Atmospheric particulate matter from an industrial area as a source of metal nanoparticle contamination in aquatic ecosystems (2020)
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Souza, I. D. C., Morozesk, M., Mansano, A. S., Mendes, V. A., Azevedo, V. C., Matsumoto, S. T., …Fernandes, M. N. (2021). Atmospheric particulate matter from an industrial area as a source of metal nanoparticle contamination in aquatic ecosystems. The Science of the total environment, 753, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141976

Air pollution legislation and control worldwide is based on the size of particulate matter (PM) to evaluate the effects on environmental and human health, in which the small diameter particles are considered more dangerous than larger sizes. This stu... Read More about Atmospheric particulate matter from an industrial area as a source of metal nanoparticle contamination in aquatic ecosystems.

Microplastic contamination of drinking water: a systematic review. (2020)
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Danopoulos, E., Danopoulos, E., Twiddy, M., & Rotchell, J. M. (2020). Microplastic contamination of drinking water: a systematic review. PLoS ONE, 15(7 July), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236838

Background Microplastics (MPs) are omnipresent in the environment, including the human food chain; a likely important contributor to human exposure is drinking water. Objective To undertake a systematic review of MP contamination of drinking water... Read More about Microplastic contamination of drinking water: a systematic review..

Evaluating the impact of hydropower on downstream migrating anguillid eels: Catchment-wide and fine-scale approaches to identify cost-effective solutions (2020)
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Baker, N. J., Boubée, J., Lokman, P. M., & Bolland, J. D. (in press). Evaluating the impact of hydropower on downstream migrating anguillid eels: Catchment-wide and fine-scale approaches to identify cost-effective solutions. The Science of the total environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141111

Hydropower is an increasingly popular source of renewable and ‘green’ (in terms of emissions) energy, but reduced longitudinal connectivity and diverting flow through turbines can have negative impacts on catadromous anguillid eel species that have d... Read More about Evaluating the impact of hydropower on downstream migrating anguillid eels: Catchment-wide and fine-scale approaches to identify cost-effective solutions.

Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle (2020)
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Kromkamp, J. C., Morris, E., & Forster, R. M. (2020). Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00562

Carbon fixation by microphytobenthic algae of intertidal flats often dominates the total primary production of turbid, temperate estuaries. Whilst remote sensing can accurately measure the spatial distribution of photosynthetic biofilms at the mesosc... Read More about Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle.

Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos (2020)
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Arabeyyat, Z. H., Al-Awady, M. J., Greenway, G. M., Paunov, V., & Rotchell, J. M. (2020). Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. SN Applied Sciences, 2(7), https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-020-3137-x

We investigated the effects of short-term exposure of bare TiO2NPs and polyelectrolyte-coated TiO2NPs in the 5-25 nm size range, at relatively high concentrations (of 500 and 1000 mg/L) under light or dark conditions, in D. rerio embryos. The biologi... Read More about Toxicity of polyelectrolyte-functionalized titania nanoparticles in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos.

Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores (2020)
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Parry-Wilson, H., Vye, S. R., Dickens, S., Adams, L., Bohn, K., Chenery, J., …Burrows, M. T. (2020). Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores. Diversity and Distributions, 26(10), 1357-1365. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13118

Aim Understanding patterns in the abundance of species across thermal ranges can give useful insights into the potential impacts of climate change. The abundant‐centre hypothesis suggests that species will reach peak abundance at the centre of their... Read More about Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores.

Novel insights into the marine phase and river fidelity of anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax in the UK and Ireland (2020)
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Davies, P., Britton, R. J., Nunn, A. D., Dodd, J. R., Crundwell, C., Velterop, R., …Bolland, J. (2020). Novel insights into the marine phase and river fidelity of anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax in the UK and Ireland. Aquatic conservation : marine and freshwater ecosystems, 30(7), 1291-1298. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3343

© 2020 The Authors. Most research on anadromous fishes has been invested in their freshwater life-phases, resulting in a relatively sparse understanding of their spatial ecology during marine life-phases. However, understanding the marine dispersal... Read More about Novel insights into the marine phase and river fidelity of anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax in the UK and Ireland.

Aligning functional network constraint to evolutionary outcomes (2020)
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Valero, K. W. (in press). Aligning functional network constraint to evolutionary outcomes. BMC evolutionary biology, 20, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-020-01613-8

Background. Functional constraint through genomic architecture is suggested to be an important dimension of genome evolution, but quantitative evidence for this idea is rare. In this contribution, existing evidence and discussions on genomi... Read More about Aligning functional network constraint to evolutionary outcomes.

High interindividual variability in habitat selection and functional habitat relationships in European nightjars over a period of habitat change (2020)
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Mitchell, L. J., Kohler, T., White, P. C. L., & Arnold, K. E. (in press). High interindividual variability in habitat selection and functional habitat relationships in European nightjars over a period of habitat change. Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6331

An animal's choice of foraging habitat reflects its response to environmental cues and is likely to vary among individuals in a population. Analyzing the magnitude of individual habitat selection can indicate how resilient populations may be to anthr... Read More about High interindividual variability in habitat selection and functional habitat relationships in European nightjars over a period of habitat change.

Consistency in the strength of laterality in male, but not female, guppies across different behavioural contexts (2020)
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McLean, S., & Morrell, L. (2020). Consistency in the strength of laterality in male, but not female, guppies across different behavioural contexts. Biology Letters, 16(5), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0870

Laterality, the division of brain functions into separate hemispheres, is widespread across animal taxa. Lateralised individuals exhibit cognitive advantages yet substantial variation in laterality exists, particularly between the sexes. Why variatio... Read More about Consistency in the strength of laterality in male, but not female, guppies across different behavioural contexts.

Uridine-5'-tri-phosphate is a candidate component of the soluble sex pheromone bouquet in a marine shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni (2020)
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Zhang, D., Liu, X., Harley, M., & Hardege, J. (in press). Uridine-5'-tri-phosphate is a candidate component of the soluble sex pheromone bouquet in a marine shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni. Marine ecology progress series, 640, 139-146. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13294

Characterisation of distance sex pheromones in decapods is challenging, although great efforts have been made in this field in the past 50 yr. In a previous study, we identified a component of the distance (soluble) sex pheromone bouquet of the peppe... Read More about Uridine-5'-tri-phosphate is a candidate component of the soluble sex pheromone bouquet in a marine shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni.

Dynamic competition and resource partitioning during the early life of two widespread, abundant and ecologically similar fishes (2020)
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Henshaw, A., Axford, S. N., Peirson, G., Bolland, J. D., Mazik, K., Vickers, L. H., …Cowx, I. G. (2020). Dynamic competition and resource partitioning during the early life of two widespread, abundant and ecologically similar fishes. Hydrobiologia, 847, 2211-2224. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-020-04247-5

Competition and resource partitioning can have profound implications for individuals, populations and communities, and thus food webs, ecosystems and the management of biota and environments. In many species, the impacts of competition and resource p... Read More about Dynamic competition and resource partitioning during the early life of two widespread, abundant and ecologically similar fishes.

A preliminary analysis of microplastics in edible versus non-edible tissues from seafood samples. (2020)
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Akoueson, F., Sheldon, L., Danopoulos, E., Morris, S., Hotten, J., Chapman, E., …Rotchell, J. (2020). A preliminary analysis of microplastics in edible versus non-edible tissues from seafood samples. Environmental pollution, 263, pt. A(August), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114452

Plastics have been widely reported to be present in the environment yet there are still many questions regarding the extent of this and the impacts these may have on both the environment and human health. The purpose of this investigation is to deter... Read More about A preliminary analysis of microplastics in edible versus non-edible tissues from seafood samples..

Influence of light and temperature cycles on the expression of circadian clock genes in the mussel Mytilus edulis (2020)
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Chapman, E., Bonsor, B., Parsons, D. R., & Rotchell, J. (2020). Influence of light and temperature cycles on the expression of circadian clock genes in the mussel Mytilus edulis. Marine environmental research, 159, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.104960

Clock genes and environmental cues regulate essential biological rhythms. The blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, is an ecologically and economically important intertidal bivalve undergoing seasonal reproductive rhythms. We previously identified seasonal... Read More about Influence of light and temperature cycles on the expression of circadian clock genes in the mussel Mytilus edulis.