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Confronting Climate Change in the Age of Denial

Most scientists believe that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time -- if not the greatest challenge. Yet too often, efforts to communicate science-based information about the urgency of reducing carbon emissions struggle to compete with climate-change denial narratives that support people’s pre-existing ideas. This PLOS Biology collection, “Confronting Climate Change in the Age of Denial,” will feature psychologists who explore the challenges and pitfalls of using stories to communicate scientific evidence around climate change and biologists who set the record straight on the threats facing iconic Arctic mammals. 

Urban Ecology

This collection features some of the interdisciplinary urban ecology research published in PLOS ONE, from the anthropogenic impacts of urbanization on the ecology and behaviour of urban-dwelling species to the social benefits of urban biodiversity.

Oil Spills

In these Editor's Picks, PLOS ONE Associate Editor Vicky Black highlights a variety of PLOS articles showcasing the breadth of research on oil spills, from characterizing the spills and assessing the impacts of clean-up strategies, to the biological consequences for microbes, humans and whole ecosystems. 

Forest Conservation Effectiveness

A series of studies that evaluate the effectiveness of tropical forest conservation policies and programs.

Participatory Montioring for Forest, Climate & REDD+

This series of studies investigate factors determining the viabilty of local people’s particpation in forest mangement & conservation.

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

The ecological impacts of climate change are broad and diverse, altering species' range limits, plant phenology and growth, carbon and nutrient cycling, as well as biodiversity and extinction risk.

Editor’s Picks: Ocean Sciences

In this Editor’s Picks, Associate Editor Eileen Clancy selects recent PLOS publications highlighting the varied and critical research ongoing into understanding the world’s oceans.

Responding to Climate Change​

This collection comprises climate research highlighting efforts from a range of disciplines (alternative energy production, geoengineering, behavioural psychology and science policy) focussed on mitigating and adapting to the effects of the changing climate.

Marine Megafauna Collection

The Marine Megafauna Collection presents research focused on the biology, ecology and conservation of the most captivating creatures in the ocean. 

Sauropod Gigantism: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

This new PLOS Collection discusses major efforts by evolutionary biologists and paleontologists to understand sauropods as living animals and to explain their evolutionary success and uniquely gigantic body size. The articles address these questions from the widest selection of disciplinary viewpoints, including those of ecology, engineering, functional morphology, animal nutrition and palaeontology.

The World Register of Marine Species

This Collection has been created by the editors of the World Register of Marine Species, an open-access online database which holds information on all marine species, and some of their freshwater and terrestrial relatives.

Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City

The Third International Barcode of Life Conference in Mexico City conference witnessed an explosion of new applications of DNA barcoding across a rapidly expanding range of fields.

Oceanic Metagenomics

The J. Craig Venter Institute's Global Ocean Sampling Expedition revealed an enormous amount of previously unexplored diversity in the world's oceans. This collection highlights the achievements and challenges of this work.


This collection represents those articles published in PLOS ONE on the topic of Paleontology (the study of fossils and of life forms that existed in past geological periods).

Diversity in the Nearshore: The NaGISA Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project, a component of the Census of Marine Life Project.

FMAP Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) program, a component of the Census of Marine Life Project.

HMAP Collection

The History of Marine Animal Populations is a global research initiative to study the past ocean life and human interaction with the sea.

MarBOL Collection

This collection of papers presents research in the field of Marine Barcoding under the auspices of MarBOL: a joint effort of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) and the Census of Marine Life to enhance our capacity to identify marine life by utilizing DNA barcoding.

Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography - Regional Comparisons of Global Issues

Through a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations, the Census of Marine Life (2000-2010) has engaged in a coordinated scientific program to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.

The TOPP Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program, a component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). TOPP is a multi-institutional, multi-year large-scale biologging program that has deployed nearly 4300 tags on 23 marine species throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems - The ChEss Collection

This Collection presents some of the recent advances in biogeography and taxonomy within deep-sea chemosynthetic environments. 

Marine Life on Seamounts – The CenSeam Collection

This collection is part of the Census of Marine Life Project and brings together the latest seamount papers, enabling a wide variety of scientific results to be linked. 

The POST Collection

The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) Program seeks to advance understanding of the movement and behavior of marine animals through the use of a large-scale acoustic telemetry and data management system.

Biodiversity of Saba Bank

This collection of articles represents an international collaboration to characterize the richness, diversity, and habitat affinities of marine taxa on Saba Bank.