Special Issue "Diversity of Ecosystem Engineers in the World Coasts and Oceans"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: physical ecosystem engineers; biodiversity; ecosystem functioning; invasive species; intertidal organisms; coastal habitat conservation; rocky shores; salt marshes; tidal flats; coastal dunes
Research on physical ecosystem engineering—i.e., the structural modification of environments by organisms—has flourished during the last two decades. At present, the importance of physical ecosystem engineers for the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is largely recognized by scientists. However, there is a continuing emergence of studies revealing significant, though previously unappreciated engineers and/or engineering impact mechanisms. This indicates that the diversity of engineering processes and consequences in nature may still be much richer than we currently appreciate.
Because of incipient, localized exploration and ongoing environmental transformation, coasts and oceans across the globe hold major opportunities for ecosystem engineering research and discovery. The goal of this Special Issue is to illustrate the diversity of physical ecosystem engineering processes that occur in the world coasts and oceans—from coastal dunes and forests to the deep sea—with an emphasis on studies that go beyond the documentation of local engineering processes and inform our general understanding of, for example, important engineering traits, interactive engineering effects, engineering impact mechanisms and their context-dependencies.Dr. Jorge L. Gutiérrez
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- Physical ecosystem engineers
- Engineered structures
- Abiotic conditions
- Biotic consequences
- Ecosystem functioning