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Special Issue "Ecology and Conservation of the Endangered Sage Scrub Ecosystem"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Loss & Dynamics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2023) | Viewed by 3521
Special Issue Editor
Interests: conservation biology; invasion biology; preservation and restoration of coastal sage scrub ecosystems
Special Issue Information
The “California” or “coastal” sage scrub (hereafter, sage scrub) ecosystem is one of the most threatened ecosystem types in North America. Sage scrub is unique to the semi-arid Mediterranean climate in California and northern Mexico and part of the California Floristic province, a world biodiversity hotspot. The rich and endemic sage scrub flora and fauna make it a habitat of special conservation concern.
Sage scrub once covered a large portion of low elevation areas from central California, USA to northern Baja, Mexico. Unfortunately, this region’s human population and activity is disproportionately concentrated in these lowland areas, 20% of which are now urban, with much of the rest suburban, agricultural, or otherwise disturbed. Estimates suggest that <10% of the original sage scrub distribution remains, with much of the remaining sage scrub being found in small, isolated habitat fragments. The remaining sage scrub is increasingly threatened by a variety of disturbances, including additional urban development and habitat modification, altered fire regimes, and the establishment of non-native species.
This Special Issue aims to provide an outlet for foundational ecological information key to making informed conservation decisions in the endangered sage scrub ecosystem, and studies that explore innovative approaches to preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in the face of increasing anthropogenic disturbances.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Patterns of biodiversity across the sage scrub ecosystem;
- Impacts of fragmentation;
- Effects of habitat modifications;
- Effects of non-native species;
- Impacts of fire and modified fire regimes;
- Ecosystem services provided by sage scrub and how they compare to urban and other modified systems;
- Social–ecological systems;
- Sage scrub sustainability;
- Restoration approaches and solutions;
- Monitoring approaches;
- Current distribution and status of the sage scrub ecosystem;
- Biology of species of conservation concern;
- Indigenous knowledge;
- Ecosystem functioning.
Dr. Wallace M. Meyer
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