Special Issue "Aquatic Biodiversity: Evolution, Taxonomy and Conservation"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Boris A. Levin
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Guest Editor
Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskiy Prospekt, 14, Moscow, Russia
Interests: evolutionary biology of fishes; adaptive radiation; taxonomy, genetics
Dr. Yulia V. Bespalaya
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Guest Editor
Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,163000 Arkhangelsk, Russia
Interests: evolutionary biology of freshwater bivalves; invasive species; phylogeography

Special Issue Information

The diversity of life in aquatic systems is amazing. At the same time, our knowledge on aquatic biodiversity is still significantly insufficient concerning species diversity as well as evolutionary mechanisms of generation of this diversity. Aquatic ecosystems are rapidly degraded due to human activity. We consider biodiversity conservation one of the main challenges for humanity. Accelerated degradation of aquatic habitats may result in elimination of the substantial part of biodiversity before it is scientifically described and documented. Covering organisms from all kingdoms of life, we will accept review papers as well as primary research articles that include original data and high-quality analysis in morphology, ecology, and molecular genetics and genomics. This Special Issue aims to provide a basic resource for researchers interested in the systematic knowledge of aquatic biodiversity, its evolution, as well as conservation.

Dr. Boris A. Levin
Dr. Yulia V. Bespalaya
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • aquatic organisms
  • evolution
  • phylogeny
  • phylogeography
  • adaptations
  • taxonomy
  • biogeography
  • conservation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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