Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation of Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 253

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Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: marine animals conservation; marine biodiversity monitoring; conservation policy

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Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: marine animals anatomy; neuroanatomy; advanced technology

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Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, 35020 Legnaro, Italy
Interests: marine mammal pathology and diseases; new techniques; cell culture techniques
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scope of this Special Issue is to share scientific contributions about marine mammals and sea turtles focusing on their biology, ecology, and conservation. Worldwide marine animal populations are facing pressing threats and understanding their critical role in maintaining the health of our planet has become an urgent priority, as viewed through a One Health perspective. Scientists are exploring the extraordinary adaptations of these species to human and natural changes, utilizing the latest advances in marine biology technology and enabling comprehensive research on marine animals like never before.

Today, numerous challenges exist in studying and protecting the components of the marine trophic web at various levels, ranging from the smallest turtle hatchlings to majestic whales. Furthermore, conservation policies are shedding light on innovative solutions for monitoring marine biodiversity and establishing actions to recover endangered species. Multidisciplinary results are essential in bridging the knowledge gap on the biodiversity and biology of marine species, illustrating conservation strategies and actions for the protection of the marine ecosystem.

This Special Issue serves as a comprehensive resource for scientists, conservationists, policymakers, and anyone deeply committed to marine conservation for the benefit of generations to come.

Dr. Guido Pietroluongo
Dr. Tommaso Gerussi
Dr. Cinzia Centelleghe
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • marine mammals
  • sea turtles
  • endangered species
  • biology
  • ecology
  • conservation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Evaluation of the impact of whale-watching and the High Quality Whale-Watching® certification on cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea.
Author: TRUDELLE
Highlights: For the first time, ecological indicators (including several metrics) were developed, tested and evaluated to monitor the impact of whale-watching and the High Quality Whale-Watching® certification. Most of the metrics were retained, enabling a status to be assigned to each indicator. Several limits have been identified, mainly related to data availability and accessibility (target species, data from non-labelled operators etc).

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