Special Issue "Effects of Human Disturbance on Ecological Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2020).
The human species is highly invasive and an excellent ecosystem engineer, but how is it changing ecological communities that are responsible for the ecosystem services upon which the human population depends? This Special Issue will showcase exciting new research that breaks new ground for our understanding of how human disturbance (e.g., land use change, habitat fragmentation, pollution, invasive species, etc.) affects ecological communities. We welcome contributions that focus on how anthropogenically driven disturbance affects both (i) patterns such as species associations and other food web/community network properties and taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity, including species–area relationships, species abundance distributions and other macro-ecological patterns; and (ii) processes such as interspecific interactions, community assembly, and movement and behavioural responses in the context of communities. We aim to attract research across terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats and encourage contributions that consider both single types of disturbance and multiple disturbances acting together. Finally, we especially encourage submissions that focus on both changes to ecological communities and consequences of these changes for the ecosystem services that they provide.
Dr. David Murrell
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Community ecology
- Human disturbance
- Ecological patterns
- Ecological processes
- Community assembly
- Interaction networks
- Functional diversity
- Taxonomic diversity
- Phylogenetic diversity
- Multiple stressors
- Ecosystem services