Special Issue "The Impacts of Contaminants on Tropical Marine Organisms and Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Frederieke Kroon

Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
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Interests: tropical coral reefs; water quality; policy; management; contaminants; pesticides; microplastics; ecotoxicology; fish; endocrinology; animal behaviour

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The future health and ecological integrity of tropical marine ecosystems in the face of global climate change is of intense concern. These ecosystems are also under pressure from a number of other anthropogenic threats that reduce their health and resilience. This includes exposure to contaminants and the associated direct and cumulative impacts, with effects on tropical marine organisms and ecosystems generally not well understood. This Special Issue invites contributions that will advance ecological risk assessments of contaminants of emerging concern on tropical marine organisms and ecosystems. Contaminants of interests include (i) Contaminants which have been detected in the environment only recently (i.e., emerging contaminants, such as microplastics), (ii) contaminants that are present in the environment and have become of recent concern (i.e., contaminants of emerging interest, such as sunscreen), and (iii) more established contaminants for which new information on environmental risk has become available (such as antifouling paints). Of particular interests are studies that characterise exposure patterns of contaminants in tropical marine environments using monitoring data and fate and transport models, as well as studies that characterise ecological effects using both field observations and controlled laboratory and field experiments. Combined, this Special Issue aims to highlight the distinct behaviour of contaminants in tropical marine environments and the unique sensitivity of tropical organisms to contaminant exposure.

Dr. Frederieke Kroon
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Contaminants
  • Exposure
  • Sources
  • effects
  • Tropical organism
  • Tropical ecosystem
  • Observations
  • Experiments
  • Modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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