Special Issue "Marine Biodiversity"


A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Matthew G. Powell
Department of Geology; Juniata College; 1700 Moore St.; Huntingdon, PA 16652 USA
E-Mail: powell@juniata.edu
Interests: paleobiology; macroevolution; latitudinal diversity gradient

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ocean ecosystem must increasingly cope with a variety of anthropogenic threats, including rising temperatures, acidification, over-fishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. Addressing these problems depends on a more complete understanding of marine biodiversity, including the location of biodiversity hotspots, the magnitude of biodiversity loss, and the effects of biodiversity loss on ecosystem function. Comparative data from the rich marine fossil record may help establish pre-human baselines and provide examples of ecosystem responses to environmental change, yet such comparisons are hindered because present-day marine biodiversity is poorly known in comparison with terrestrial patterns. This special issue titled "Marine Biodiversity" will focus on bridging that gap by advancing our basic understanding of geographic patterns of marine biodiversity, quantifying patterns of biodiversity change through time, addressing changes in ecosystem functioning as a result of anthropogenic environmental change, predicting future threats to marine biodiversity, and other topics related to the fundamental patterns of marine biodiversity.

Dr. Matthew G. Powell
Guest Editor


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  • marine biodiversity
  • marine ecology
  • marine ecosystem function
  • marine biodiversity hotspots
  • marine extinction
  • anthropogenic impacts

Published Papers (4 papers)

by , , ,  and
Diversity 2013, 5(1), 39-50; doi:10.3390/d5010039
Received: 8 January 2013; in revised form: 21 January 2013 / Accepted: 25 January 2013 / Published: 4 February 2013
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Diversity 2013, 5(2), 240-262; doi:10.3390/d5020240
Received: 28 February 2013; in revised form: 28 March 2013 / Accepted: 2 April 2013 / Published: 10 April 2013
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Diversity 2013, 5(2), 276-292; doi:10.3390/d5020276
Received: 25 February 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 9 April 2013 / Published: 15 April 2013
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by  and
Diversity 2013, 5(3), 522-540; doi:10.3390/d5030522
Received: 5 April 2013; in revised form: 1 July 2013 / Accepted: 3 July 2013 / Published: 18 July 2013
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