Special Issue "Global Freshwater Biodiversity"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2013)
Dr. Thilina Surasinghe
Department of Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, USA. Education: Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology & Fisheries, Clemson University, SC, USA
Interests: conservation, ecology, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles; behavioral ecology and animal behavior; community ecology of herpetofauna; freshwater ecology; streams and wetlands; impacts of forest management and land uses on aquatic ecosystems; conservation of global biodiversity; threatened and endangered vertebrate species and conservation planning
Life on Earth depends on water and water is the foundation for the origin of life. Seventy percent of our planet’s surface is covered with water; over 95% of Earth’s water is in the ocean. Freshwater is intrinsically limited in availability and is a globally important, indispensable resource for the persistence of all life forms. The values of freshwater resources to the society and environment have been well-recognized; freshwater ecosystems have received an increasing attention in terms of research, management, education and awareness across the globe. However, freshwater habitats and aquatic biota around the world have been critically imperiled, mostly due to anthropogenic forces such as development and industrialization. The demand on water for human consumption is dramatically increasing along with the growing global human population. The challenges to stem the losses in global freshwater biodiversity remain extensive and the resolutions of this crisis is an imminent need in the face of global environmental change.
Persistence of freshwater biodiversity in the face of environmental changes (climate change, pollution, unsustainable land-uses such as intensive agriculture and urbanization, overexploitation, biological invasions, diseases and parasitic infections and a myriad of other factors) is a critical issue confronted by many governments, resource managers, researchers, and conservation authorizes worldwide. The conservation and management of threatened species and rapid degradation of freshwater habitats accentuates the gravity of global freshwater crisis. In addition, the richness of freshwater biological diversity may be largely known to science in certain less-explored biomes, particularly in the tropical realm. Therefore, it is crucial to explore the global freshwater diversity in-depth to broaden our understanding of the biosphere. It is the prime responsibility of researchers and conservation biologists to device action plans to effectively and efficiently manage and conserve global freshwater biodiversity; to develop the science-based knowledge on freshwater biodiversity; and promote wise use of freshwater resources to achieve sustainable development for the mankind.
The scholarly articles in this volume will focus different aspects of global freshwater biodiversity including different conservation-driven approaches to the surmount challenges with real-world examples of success in such efforts.
Dr. Thilina Surasinghe
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• imperiled (locally, regionally, nationally, or globally) freshwater habitats and species
• national and transboundary action plans targeting and/or emphasis on conservation of freshwater biodiversity
• threats to freshwater biodiversity: pollution, overuse, invasions, diseases, etc....
• ecology, evolution, behavior, natural and life histories of freshwater species
• experimental freshwater ecology
• cutting-edge technology on freshwater biodiversity: GIS, remote sensing, radiotelemetry & animal tracking
• distribution studies and inventories from less-explored habitats and regions
• sustainable management of fisheries and other freshwater biota
• theoretical studies in ecology and conservation of freshwater systems
• restoration of freshwater habitats: theory and practice
• environmental law and policies with a freshwater perspective
• perspectives and efforts on public awareness and formal education on freshwater biodiversity
• global climate change and freshwater resources
• functions and processes of freshwater ecosystems and land-water connections
• impacts of freshwater biodiversity on human well-being
Last update: 24 September 2013