Are the ecological effects of the “worst” marine invasive species linked with scientific and media attention?

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For the week of 22 April 2019

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PLOS ONE has published, Are the ecological effects of the “worst” marine invasive species linked with scientific and media attention?

Abstract: "Non-native species are a major driver of environmental change. In this study we assessed the ecological impact of the “worst” non-native species and the associated scientific and media publications through time to understand what influences interest in these species. Ecological effect was based on a qualitative assessment reported in research publications and additional searches of the scientific and media attention were conducted to determine published articles and assess attention. We did not detect a relationship between the number of publications for a non-native species and the magnitude of the ecological effects of that species or the number of citations. Media coverage on non-native species was low, only evident for less than 50% of the non-native species assessed. Media coverage was initially related to the number of scientific publications, but was short-lived. In contrast, the attention to individual non-native species in the scientific literature was sustained through time and often continued to increase over time. Time between detection of the non-native species and the scientific/media attention were reduced with each successive introduction to a new geographic location. Tracking publications on non-native species indicated that media attention does seem to be associated with the production of scientific research while scientific attention was not related to the magnitude of the ecological effects."

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Blue Carbon & Sequestration

OA: Negandhi, K. et al. Blue carbon potential of coastal wetland restoration varies with inundation and rainfall. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

Preprint: Zunino, S., Canu, D. Melaku, Zupo, V. & Solidoro, C. Direct and indirect impacts of marine acidification on the ecosystem services provided by coralligenous reefs and seagrass systems. Global Ecology and Conservation e00625 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00625


Preprint: Genevier, L. G. C., Jamil, T., Raitsos, D. E., Krokos, G. & Hoteit, I. Marine heatwaves reveal coral reef zones susceptible to bleaching in the Red Sea. Global Change Biology(2019). doi:10.1111/gcb.14652

Invasive Species

OA: Geraldi, N. R., Anton, A., Lovelock, C. E. & Duarte, C. M. Are the ecological effects of the “worst” marine invasive species linked with scientific and media attention?. PLOS ONE 14, e0215691 (2019).

Management and Management Effectiveness

OA: Bocci, M. et al. Multi-use of the sea: A wide array of opportunities from site-specific cases across Europe. PLOS ONE 14, e0215010 (2019).


OA: Bicknell, A. W. J., Sheehan, E. V., Godley, B. J., Doherty, P. D. & Witt, M. J. Assessing the impact of introduced infrastructure at sea with cameras: A case study for spatial scale, time and statistical power. Marine Environmental Research (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.04.007

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Everaert, G. et al. Risk assessment of microplastics in the ocean: Modelling approach and first conclusions. Environmental Pollution 242, 1930 - 1938 (2018).

Remote Sensing and GIS

OA: Gokul, E. Alias, Raitsos, D. E., Gittings, J. A., Alkawri, A. & Hoteit, I. Remotely sensing harmful algal blooms in the Red Sea. PLOS ONE 14, e0215463 (2019).

Vessel Traffic and Tracking, Shipping, and Ports

OA: Casas-Monroy, O. et al. Evaluating efficacy of filtration + UV-C radiation for ballast water treatment at different temperatures. Journal of Sea Research 133, 20 - 28 (2018).

OA: Bradie, J. et al. Catch me if you can: Comparing ballast water sampling skids to traditional net sampling. Journal of Sea Research 133, 81 - 87 (2018).