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Ecology and Evolution – lizards, oysters and cod in Isue 2.7

July 9, 2012

Ecology and Evolution issue 2.7 coverEcology and Evolution has published issue 2.7. Once again we’ve got an excellent selection of articles across a range of topics. The cover image is taken from an article about the Puerto Rican lizard Anolis cristatellus by Kolbe and colleagues.

Our editorial team have selected the following top articles to highlight from this issue:

purple_lock_openImpacts of upstream drought and water withdrawals on the health and survival of downstream estuarine oyster populations
Laura E. Petes, Alicia J. Brown and Carley R. Knight
Abstract: This study investigated the impacts of drought-related reductions in freshwater input on downstream estuarine oysters in the southeastern United States. Oysters suffered high disease-related mortality under high-salinity, drought conditions, and large oysters of commercially harvestable size were particularly susceptible. These findings have important implications for watershed and estuarine management, which will become increasingly challenging due to climate change and future population growth.

purple_lock_openHarvest selection on Atlantic cod behavioral traits: implications for spatial management
Esben Moland Olsen, Michelle R. Heupel, Colin A. Simpfendorfer and Even Moland
Abstract: Understanding fisheries-induced selection is important for management and conservation of harvested species. Here, we quantify the selective impact of Norwegian coastal fishing activities on behavioral traits of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in their natural habitat. Furthermore, we document consistent individual differences in fish behavior over time, and also that fish behavior is associated with their life history (body size).

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