Special Issue "The Response of Wildlife Populations and Communities to Global Change"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. João Luís Oliveira Carvalho
Guest Editor
Department of Biology and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: population and ecosystem dynamics; wildlife management and conservation; global changes; citizen science; host–parasite interactions; ecological modelling; cartography and geographic information systems
Dr. Luís Miguel Rosalino
Guest Editor
cE3c—Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: mammalian ecology, behavior and conservation, with a special interest in carnivores; ecological strategies involved in carnivores’ adaptation to changing environments; role of agriculture landscapes in conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The distribution and abundance of wildlife populations and the structure and composition of wildlife communities are driven by a myriad of biotic and abiotic factors that act synergistically. The ecological requirements of each species, the temporal variation in resource availability, the changes in landscape composition and the environmental stochasticity are among the key agents that influence wildlife through time and space. Disentangling and understanding the relative contribution of each factor in a multicausal world is a challenging endeavor for ecologists. Probably, questions of whether global changes may disrupt natural populations and communities cannot lead to simple and definitive answers. However, such assessments are increasingly relevant to: 1) evaluate the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of wildlife populations and communities to human-induced environmental changes; 2) understand how these changes dilute or strengthen the effects of natural sources of environmental variation; and 3) forecast how induced changes in wildlife populations and communities impact biodiversity conservation, ecological networks and ecosystem services. For this Special Issue, we welcome the submission of original research papers that improve our understanding of how wildlife populations and/or communities cope with environmental change, both natural and human-induced. Field studies and review articles that aim to synthetise evidence on this research topic are within the scope of this Special Issue. We encourage and challenge authors to highlight their contribution’s relevance to local and global conservation and management issues.

Dr. João Luís Oliveira Carvalho
Dr. Luís Miguel Rosalino
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • climate variations
  • population and community structure
  • exotic species
  • habitat fragmentation
  • land-use change
  • spatial and temporal ecology
  • trophic cascades.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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