Special Issue "Seagrass Ecosystems, Associated Biodiversity, and Its Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2021).
Interests: sustainability; sustainable development; seagrass; fisheries; social–ecological systems; natural resource management; ecosystem services; transdisciplinary research
Interests: community ecology; biodiversity; seagrass; invertebrates; fish; grazing; biostatistics
Interests: marine botany; biodiversity; seagrass structure; seagrass and mangrove restoration; governance
Interests: blue carbon; biogeochemistry; microbial ecology; seagrass wasting disease; Labyrinthula; microbiome; biochemistry; decomposition
Seagrasses are increasingly recognized as being of significant value to nature and society. We now understand that they form critical nurseries for juvenile fishes and invertebrates, are an important component of the global carbon cycle, and increase water quality and protect our shores. Recently, the United Nations declared the decade on both Ocean Sustainability and on Ecosystem Restoration to promote the engagement of researchers and citizens on conserving and restoring seagrasses and other foundational species. Similarly, the Convention on Biological Diversity developed a post-2020 global biodiversity framework to ensure that the 2050 vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled and has designated seagrasses, corals, mangroves, and other coastal habitats as critical to the preservation of biodiversity. Uniting these efforts—promoting and conserving submersed aquatic vegetation to enhance biodiversity—is, therefore, a key frontier in the coming decade.
For this Special Issue, we invite submissions that elaborate on the value of seagrass ecosystems for coastal biodiversity with special relevance to governance and management. Topics may include but are not limited to conservation, restoration, fisheries, blue carbon, invasive species, disease, and microbiome. We encourage theoretical or empirical investigations on all aspects of seagrass ecosystem-associated biodiversity, including taxonomic, compositional, functional, and/or phylogenetic, and from all scales, from local to global—and how this biodiversity is relevant for governance and management of seagrass ecosystems. We also encourage submissions of studies concerning governance and management that consider seagrass ecosystem-associated biodiversity as well as the diversity of seagrass ecosystem services. A better understanding of seagrass diversity and the diversity of associated flora and fauna, as well as how seagrass ecosystems are governed/managed, will lead to improved decision making and greater success towards international goals to enhance and restore coastal functioning and biodiversity. We are looking forward to your submission on any topic dealing with seagrass ecosystem-associated biodiversity and its governance and/or management.
Dr. Lina Mtwana Nordlund
Dr. Jonathan S. Lefcheck
Dr. Salomão Bandeira
Dr. Stacey M. Trevathan-Tackett
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- submerged aquatic vegetation
- seascape, species and genetic diversity
- invertebrate and fish assemblages
- invasive species
- blue carbon
- habitat restoration
- ecosystem services