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Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles

Two papers co-authored by UTS Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) researchers Associate Professor Peter Ralph and Dr Peter Biro, published in the top-tier journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, have made the Science Direct “top 25 hottest” list for the first quarter of 2009.

Associate Professor Ralph, Executive Director of The Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3), contributed his expertise in monitoring photosynthetic stress displayed by coral during bleaching conditions to “Coral bleaching: the role of the host”(1). The paper highlights the lack of basic data on coral populations and concludes that there needs to be more focus on studying the coral/algal symbiosis as if it were a single organism.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Peter Biro discusses the neglected issue of animal personality and sampling bias in “Sampling bias resulting from animal personality” (2) . Dr Biro warns ecologists that although this issue has “gone under the radar” there is now enough evidence to show that serious sampling bias due to personality variation exists, and that the problem should be taken seriously; “we are catching and trapping predominantly the bolder individuals in populations, meaning that we are violating the most basic statistical assumption of random samples”.

“It’s a great result to have these two papers make this list. ‘Trends in Ecology and Evolution’ is a very highly cited journal in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is at the forefront of disseminating new ideas and developments across the life science disciplines. Science Direct (3) compiles the list based on article downloads demonstrating that DES scientists are publishing research findings that are not only scientifically rigorous but also relevant and well communicated,” says Ralph.

For more information:

(1) Coral bleaching: the role of the host
Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 16-20
Baird, A.H.; Bhagooli, R.; Ralph, P.J.; Takahashi, S.
Coral Death hints at communication breakdown

(2) Sampling bias resulting from animal personality
Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 24, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 66-67
Biro, P.A.; Dingemanse, N.J.

(3) Science Direct Top 25

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