Patterns Of Marine Benthic Biodiversity

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2025 | Viewed by 85

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CIIMAR Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Interests: marine biology; invertebrates; macroalgae
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The Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Interests: marine biology; invertebrates; macroalgae; standard sampling methodologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The loss of biodiversity is one of the main threats that humanity faces. Marine benthic ecosystems are one of the most diverse environments on earth, but our knowledge about their natural patterns of biodiversity remains limited. Environmental factors (e.g., temperature, salinity, pH, sedimentary kind) and biological factors (predation, competition, etc.) interact simultaneously, shaping the diversity of marine benthic assemblages at different spatial and temporal scales. The number of studies dealing with patterns of marine benthic diversity at local and regional scales is greater than those covering the broader scales and cannot be extrapolated as generalities. Finally, many anthropogenic activities can modify the natural patterns of the biodiversity of benthic assemblages. We are pleased to invite you to contribute your manuscripts to this special Issue, that provides an opportunity to improve current knowledge on patterns of marine benthic biodiversity. We welcome original research articles and reviews to this Special Issues and research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following topics: studies conducted at different temporal and spatial scales, those investigating relationships between ecosystem engineers and biodiversity, and those focusing on the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on benthic biodiversity patterns.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Marcos Rubal
Dr. Puri Veiga
Dr. Diego Carreira-Flores
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  • intertidal
  • subtidal
  • rocky shores
  • sandy shores
  • estuaries
  • anthropogenic disturbance
  • environmental gradients

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