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Koch, J. B. U., Tabor, J. A., Montoya-Aiona, K., & Eiben, J. A. (2021). The Invasion of Megachile policaris (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) to Hawai‘i. Journal of Insect Science, 21(5). doi:10.1093/jisesa/ieab065 https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieab065

Islands are insular environments that are negatively impacted by invasive species. In Hawai‘i, at least 21 non-native bees have been documented to date, joining the diversity of >9,000 non-native and invasive species to the archipelago. The goal of this study is to describe the persistence, genet…

Qu, J., Xu, Y., Cui, Y., Wu, S., Wang, L., Liu, X., … Wang, X. (2021). MODB: a comprehensive mitochondrial genome database for Mollusca. Database, 2021. doi:10.1093/database/baab056 https://doi.org/10.1093/database/baab056

Mollusca is the largest marine phylum, comprising about 23% of all named marine organisms, Mollusca systematics are still in flux, and an increase in human activities has affected Molluscan reproduction and development, strongly impacting diversity and classification. Therefore, it is necessary to e…

Moore, M. P., Hersch, K., Sricharoen, C., Lee, S., Reice, C., Rice, P., … Fowler-Finn, K. D. (2021). Sex-specific ornament evolution is a consistent feature of climatic adaptation across space and time in dragonflies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(28), e2101458118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2101458118 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2101458118

Adaptation to different climates fuels the origins and maintenance of biodiversity. Detailing how organisms optimize fitness for their local climates is therefore an essential goal in biology. Although we increasingly understand how survival-related traits evolve as organisms adapt to climatic condi…

Hemberger, J., Crossley, M. S., & Gratton, C. (2021). Historical decrease in agricultural landscape diversity is associated with shifts in bumble bee species occurrence. Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.13786 https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13786

Agricultural intensification is a key suspect among putative drivers of recent insect declines, but an explicit link between historical change in agricultural land cover and insect occurrence is lacking. Determining whether agriculture impacts beneficial insects (e.g. pollinators), is crucial to enh…

Murray, E. A., Evanhoe, L., Bossert, S., Geber, M. A., Griswold, T., & McCoshum, S. M. (2021). Phylogeny, Phenology, and Foraging Breadth of Ashmeadiella (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity, 5(3). doi:10.1093/isd/ixab010 https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixab010

Ashmeadiella Cockerell (Megachilidae: Osmiini) is a bee genus endemic to North America, with greatest richness in arid and Mediterranean regions of the southwestern United States. Species relationships of Ashmeadiella were last analyzed in the 1950s, when Robert Sokal and Charles Michener developed …

Urcádiz-Cázares, F. J., Cruz-Escalona, V. H., Peterson, M. S., Aguilar-Medrano, R., Marín-Enríquez, E., González-Peláez, S. S., … Ortega-Rubio, A. (2021). Linking Habitat and Associated Abiotic Conditions to Predict Fish Hotspots Distribution Areas within La Paz Bay: Evaluating Marine Conservation Areas. Diversity, 13(5), 212. doi:10.3390/d13050212 https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050212

Hotspots are priority marine or terrestrial areas with high biodiversity where delineation is essential for conservation, but equally important is their linkage to the environmental policies of the overall region. In this study, fish diversity presences were linked to abiotic conditions and differen…

Tabor, J. A., & Koch, J. B. (2021). Ensemble Models Predict Invasive Bee Habitat Suitability Will Expand under Future Climate Scenarios in Hawai’i. Insects, 12(5), 443. doi:10.3390/insects12050443 https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12050443

Climate change is predicted to increase the risk of biological invasions by increasing the availability of climatically suitable regions for invasive species. Endemic species on oceanic islands are particularly sensitive to the impact of invasive species due to increased competition for shared resou…

Ribeiro, T. M. A., Martins, A. C., Silva, D. P., & Aguiar, A. J. C. (2021). Systematics of the oil bee genus Lanthanomelissa (Apidae: Tapinotaspidini) and its implications for the biogeography of South American grasslands. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. doi:10.1111/jzs.12472 https://doi.org/10.1111/jzs.12472

Lanthanomelissa has an uncertain taxonomic history, and was formerly treated either as an independent genus or as a subgenus of Chalepogenus. It is endemic to southern South American grasslands, an endangered and poorly known environment. We aimed to understand the origin of these bees in time and s…

Bossert, S., Copeland, R. S., Sless, T. J. L., Branstetter, M. G., Gillung, J. P., Brady, S. G., … Straka, J. (2020). Phylogenomic and Morphological Reevaluation of the Bee Tribes Biastini, Neolarrini, and Townsendiellini (Hymenoptera: Apidae) With Description of Three New Species of Schwarzia. Insect Systematics and Diversity, 4(6). doi:10.1093/isd/ixaa013 https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixaa013

Abstract Bees of the tribes Biastini, Neolarrini, and Townsendiellini are cleptoparasites in the subfamily Nomadinae (Hymenoptera, Apidae) and parasitize solitary bees. Understanding their phylogenetic relationships has proven difficult for many decades. Previous research yielded ambiguous results b…

Ellestad, P., Forest, F., Serpe, M., Novak, S. J., & Buerki, S. (2021). Harnessing large-scale biodiversity data to infer the current distribution of Vanilla planifolia (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/botlinnean/boab005 https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boab005

Although vanilla is one of the most popular flavours in the world, there is still uncertainty concerning the native distribution of the species that produces it, Vanilla planifolia. To circumscribe the native geographical extent of this economically important species more precisely, we propose a new…