Modern civilizations are depleting commercial fisheries leading to regulation excluding local indigenous peoples from traditional harvesting territories. This affects the Aleut peoples of the western Gulf of Alaska, who have depended on marine resources for nearly 10,000 years.
Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans, also causes disease in rodents like deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The western United States has one of the largest concentrations of plague in the modern world, and this study set out to model Y. pestis infections occurring in the region not only in the wild but also domestic animal.
Authorities often rely on weed risk assessments (WRAs) to determine the invasive potential when considering a non-native plant species for introduction. The parameters and limits of the models used differ between countries, and in this study, researchers used 40 species of crops and invasive species to compare the WRAs used in the United States and Australia.
This study is the conclusion of a two-decade monitoring programme during which researchers surveyed intertidal and shallow subtidal octocoral species at 20 sites at Lough Hyne, the first marine reserve in Europe.
The bellflowers (Campanulaceae) are a diverse family of flowering plants encompassing more than 2,300 species across five major lineages. In this study, researchers use genetic sequence data and GBIF-mediated occurrences to provide new insights into the phylogeny and biogeography of Campanulaceae.
To understand what role geography and ecological niches play in evolutionary processes of species, this research team downloaded and used 200,000 GBIF-mediated occurrences for a case study of Cyperaceae (sedges) species in North America.
The number of exotic plants naturalized in the United States far exceeds that of any other group of organisms. In this study of Cardueae thistles, researchers used GBIF-mediated occurrences to do ecological niche modelling of non-native species in the California Floristic Province
All 31 species of assassin bug found in Mexico are known carriers of T. cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease in humans. In this study, researchers used occurrence data from sources including GBIF to model the 19 most abundant triatomine species as well as T. cruzi.