Special Issue "Biodiversity of Macroalgae"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Marcos R. García

Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), University of Porto, Matosinhos, Portugal
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Interests: Marine ecology; Biodiversity; Biological Invasions; Macroalgae; Macrofauna; Meiofauna; Ecosystem engineers; Soft bottoms; Rocky shores; Anthropogenic impacts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine macroalgae are a diverse component of rocky shores and important primary producers in coastal areas. Additionally, a great part of macroalgal production is exported to different habitats such as sandy beaches (i.e., wrack). The polyphyletic nature of macroalgae implies that they embrace a much wider range of diversity than other marine organisms. However, the knowledge of macroalgal diversity is geographically skewed and many world regions are still poorly studied. More efforts on macroalgal biodiversity studies, including topics such as taxonomy, genetic diversity, spatial, and temporal variability of assemblages or biogeography are needed. Moreover, many anthropogenic disturbances such as pollution, harvesting, introduction of non-native species, or global warming modify the macroalgal biodiversity patterns due to local extinctions or by introducing new species. There is a remarkable level of concern about the loss of perennial canopy-forming macroalgae due to human disturbances. The loss of these canopy-forming algae is particularly alarming because they are one of the most diverse, productive, and valuable ecosystems along intertidal and shallow subtidal shores.

This Special Issue provides an opportunity to improve the current knowledge about macroalgal biodiversity including studies done at different levels of biological organization, from species to assemblages or coastal landscapes, and to explore the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on macroalgal biodiversity. Moreover, this issue will be a good platform to discuss new approaches for monitoring the biodiversity of macroalgae and towards their management.

Dr. Marcos R. García
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Macroalgae
  • Diversity
  • Invasive species
  • Global change
  • Disturbance
  • New methodologies

Published Papers

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