Special Issue "Biogeochemical Cycles in Mangrove Forests"


A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joseph M. Smoak
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Website: http://www1.usfsp.edu/coas/espg/faculty/smoak.htm
Phone: +727 873 4078
Interests: marine biogeochemistry; mangrove carbon cycle; wetland carbon burial; climate change; uranium and thorium series radionuclides as tracers of biogeochemical processes
Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Joshua Sanders
Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, School of Environment, Science and Engineering Southern Cross University, PO Box 157 Lismore NSW 2480, Australia
Website: http://scu.edu.au/coastal-biogeochemistry/index.php/72
Phone: +61 2 66203496
Fax: +61 2 66212669
Interests: mangrove carbon cycle; coastal biogeochemistry; radioisotope detectors to measure environmental samples

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mangrove wetlands occupy a large portion of the world’s tropical and subtropical coastlines. They are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world and provide abundant ecosystem services. These wetlands are important settings in which to examine biogeochemical cycling and there are many unknowns that remain in the processes that control the transformation, transport and storage of biogeochemically important constituents. The complex hydrologic conditions and underlying geology create a challenging environment in which to examine these processes. Because they inhabit intertidal regions, pore water or Submarine Groundwater Discharge may play a major role in nutrient and micronutrient availability and exchange (i.e. DIC and DOC export). Similarly, the geologic setting and susceptibility to coastal and upstream anthropogenic land cover/land-use change provide numerous complications. Added to this are the pressures produced by climate change factors such as sea level, temperature, nutrient supply, and rainfall which can alter biogeochemical cycling in these systems. One of the major challenges in future mangrove biogeochemistry research will be to understand how these systems respond to change, and whether the responses produce positive or negative climate feedbacks. We invite contributions to this Special Issue that examine all aspects of mangrove ecosystem biogeochemistry. Our goal is to represent the most current understanding of biogeochemistry and examine how the biogeochemistry in these systems is responding to external factors such as climate change.

Dr. Joseph M. Smoak
Dr. Christian J. Sanders
Guest Editors


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • mangrove wetlands
  • mangrove forests
  • coastal wetlands
  • biogeochemistry
  • carbon
  • nutrients
  • climate change
  • anthropogenic land cover/land-use change
  • submarine groundwater discharge

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p. 466-491
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3(2), 466-491; doi:10.3390/jmse3020466
Received: 5 May 2015 / Accepted: 16 June 2015 / Published: 23 June 2015
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3(1), 52-72; doi:10.3390/jmse3010052
Received: 2 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 February 2015 / Published: 10 February 2015
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