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Special Issue "Monitoring Plant Diversity and Community Assembly in Forest Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Interests: Forest ecology, plant diversity, plant community assembly, plant traits–environment relationship, disturbance ecology, grasslands experiment, climate change ecology
Covering nearly one-third of biosphere lands, forests represent the most complex terrestrial ecosystem. They contain over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and are able to support a huge amount of processes and relative functions. Recently, the awareness about the importance of potential direct and indirect contributions of forest ecosystems to human well-being (i.e., forest ecosystem services) has been increasing. However, the impact provided by anthropogenic disturbances, such as nitrogen deposition, timber over-exploitation, altered disturbance regimes, invasive species, land-use change, and climate change, calls for new scientific contributions to explore the basic ecological mechanisms supporting forest plant diversity and relative functions, as well as new performant approaches to monitor their dynamics and naturalness degree. In this respect, as there is a spontaneous tendency to study predominantly the tree vegetation layer, where most of the biomass and key organisms are located, more emphasis should be placed on the understory vegetation, where most of the plant biodiversity is present, as this was proven to serve a crucial role in preserving the structure and function of forests.
In this "Diversity" Special Issue entitled “Monitoring Plant Diversity and Community Assembly in Forest Ecosystems”, we encourage researchers to submit their manuscripts on the following topics:
- Effects of climate and land-use changes on forest plant communities;
- Spatio-temporal patterns of plant diversity and assembly rules in forests;
- Functional trait-based assembly rules;
- Long-term ecological research studies (LTER network) in forests;
- Aspects related to the observer’s bias in monitoring activities;
- Trees spatial point pattern analysis;
- Structural and biological indicators
Dr. Stefano Chelli
Manuscript Submission Information
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