Special Issue "Impacts of Linear Infrastructures on Wildlife"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019
Dr. Luís Borda-de-água
Universidade do Porto, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Vairão, Portugal
Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisboa, Portugal
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Interests: bayesian methods; biodiversity; conservation biology; impact of linear infrastructures; mathematical modelling; railway ecology; road ecology
Linear Infrastructures (power lines, railways, roads, water channels and including here also wind farms) are major features of every modern economy and they play a major role in the wellbeing of modern societies. They are also a source of ecological problems. For instance, they fragment the landscape (thus reducing the gene flow among populations), they increase the mortality of several species, they facilitate species invasions, and they are sources of pollution (e.g. Forman et al. 2003, Borda-de-Água et al. 2017, Mascarenhas et al. 2017). How to mitigate the impact of these infrastructures is paramount to ensure their sustainable use. Concomitantly with the development of methods that better identify the impact of these infrastructures on wild animal populations, such as, the development of methods to better characterize the extent of the mortality caused, there is also a need to develop methods that improve our quantitative understanding of the impact on the viability of the affected population and the effects on the ecosystem. This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight new research and significant advances in understanding the impact of linear infrastructures, how to mitigate their impacts in the ecosystems, and how to quantify their role in the dynamics of the local populations.
Borda-de-Água, Luís, Rafael Barrientos, Pedro Beja, and Henrique M. Pereira. "Railway ecology." In Railway Ecology, pp. 3-9. Springer, Cham, 2017.
Forman, Richard TT. Road ecology: science and solutions. Island Press, 2003.
Mascarenhas, Miguel, Ana Teresa Marques, Ricardo Ramalho, Dulce Santos, Joana Bernardino, and Carlos Fonseca, eds. Biodiversity and Wind Farms in Portugal: Current knowledge and insights for an integrated impact assessment process. Springer, 2017.
Dr. Luís Borda-de-água
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- Invasive species
- Linear infrastructures
- Population viability analysis
- Power lines
- Railway ecology
- Road ecology
- Wind farms