Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 72

Special Issue Editors

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1. Taxonomy and Systematics Group, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
2. Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands
Interests: stony corals; coral-associated fauna; coral reef conservation; coral taxonomy; coral trade; tropical marine biodiversity; marine invertebrates; marine biogeography; phylogeny reconstructions; marine invasives
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1. Marine Evolution and Ecology Group, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
2. Department of Biology, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, Oxford OX1 3SZ, UK
3. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Interests: coral reefs; octocorals; phylogeny; scleractinians; systematic; taxonomy; ecology; mesophotic; habitat mapping

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims at collecting original papers that deal with the past and present distribution patterns of marine taxa and how they have been shaped by environmental and/or evolutionary processes. The purpose is to obtain a better insight in what determines marine species diversity by analyzing species ranges and their overlaps. The goal is to deepen our understanding of the drivers behind marine species diversity through the analyses of species distributions. This may apply to various geographical scales (regional/global), climates (tropical/polar), depths, and environments (benthic/pelagic). The species may belong to the same genus, family, or order, depending on the research problem. Contributions are also encouraged on innovative methodologies that help us to determine and interpret species richness patterns. Papers may also deal with new technical developments that help us to determine species richness patterns.

Relevant topics for contributions include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The biodiversity of marine plankton;
  • Cross-shelf diversity patterns;
  • The comparisons of distribution patterns;
  • The impact of (past) climate on marine diversity;
  • Marine speciation and extinctions;
  • Knowledge gaps in marine diversity patterns.

Prof. Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema
Dr. Kaveh Samimi-Namin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • marine biogeography
  • marine distribution ranges
  • global marine biodiversity
  • onshore–offshore distributions
  • biodiversity centers
  • latitudinal diversity gradients
  • marine currents
  • substrate availability
  • climate change
  • marine speciation
  • marine extinction
  • paleogeography

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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