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Fine intervals are required when using point intercept transects to assess coral reef status

Chao-Yang Kuo, Cheng-Han Tsai, Ya-Yi Huang, Wei Khang Heng, An-Tzi Hsiao, Hernyi Justin Hsieh & Chaolun Allen Chen
The Point Intercept Transect (PIT) method has commonly been used in recent decades for estimating the status of coral reef benthic communities. It is a simple method that is efficiently performed underwater, as benthic components are recorded only as presence or absence at specific interval points along transects. Therefore, PIT is also popular in citizen science activities such as Reef Check programs. Longer intervals are commonly associated with longer transects, yet sampling interval length can...

Higher temperature variability in deforested mountain regions impacts the competitive advantage of nocturnal species

Sheng-Feng Shen, Shih-Fan Chan, Dustin R. Rubenstein, I-Ching Chen, Yu-Meng Fan & Yuan-Wen Zheng
Deforestation is a primary cause of biodiversity loss. However, we know little about its effects on global patterns of daily microclimate variation, which can differentially impact species with different daily activity patterns. Using a recently developed microclimate model, we show that deforestation causes an increase in the diurnal temperature range (DTR) in lowland habitats at low latitudes and the mountains at high latitudes. Furthermore, we investigate competitive interactions between nocturnal burying beetles and all-day active...

Registration Year

  • 2022

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  • Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica
  • Columbia University
  • National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • James Cook University