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Newbold, T., Oppenheimer, P., Etard, A., & Williams, J. J. (2020). Tropical and Mediterranean biodiversity is disproportionately sensitive to land-use and climate change. Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01303-0 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01303-0

Global biodiversity is undergoing rapid declines, driven in large part by changes to land use and climate. Global models help us to understand the consequences of environmental changes for biodiversity, but tend to neglect important geographical variation in the sensitivity of biodiversity to these …

Arfianti, T., & Costello, M. (2020). Global biogeography of marine amphipod crustaceans: latitude, regionalization, and beta diversity. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 638, 83–94. doi:10.3354/meps13272 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13272

Studying the biogeography of amphipod crustaceans is of interest because they play an important role at lower trophic levels in ecosystems. Because they lack a planktonic larval stage, it has been hypothesized that marine benthic amphipod crustaceans may have short dispersal distances, high endemici…

Alvarez, B., Frings, P. J., Clymans, W., Fontorbe, G., & Conley, D. J. (2017). Assessing the Potential of Sponges (Porifera) as Indicators of Ocean Dissolved Si Concentrations. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00373 https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00373

We explore the distribution of sponges along dissolved silica (dSi) concentration gradients to test whether sponge assemblages are related to dSi and to assess the validity of fossil sponges as a palaeoecological tool for inferring dSi concentrations of the past oceans. We extracted sponge records f…