Special Issue "The Plastic Pollution Paradox: Marine Litter as New Habitat"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 December 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Armando Macali
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Guest Editor
Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, Ichthyogenic Experimental Marine Centre (CISMAR), Borgo Le Saline, Tuscia University, 01016 Tarquinia, Italy
Interests: marine ecology; plankton ecology; ecology and evolution; conservation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aside from the well-known threats of plastic pollution, like any other submerged substrata, marine litter provides a habitat for organisms that are able to settle and persist on artificial surfaces. Once colonized, plastic surfaces act as steppingstones for the connectivity between populations and the recruiting of larvae, as well as disrupting ecological processes in benthic and pelagic communities. Given the great persistence and quantities of litter in the world’s oceans, the rafting dispersal of associated organisms has become more widespread, potentially supporting the spread of species out of their native ranges. As a Guest Editor, I would like to kindly invite you to contribute a research article or a review to be published in a Special Issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298): ‘The Plastic Pollution Paradox: marine litter as new habitat’. The general purpose of this Special Issue is to discuss the ecological relevance of biological positive interactions with marine litter. The scope is broad, and I invite submissions based on detailed investigation, both from field and laboratory, aiming to reveal the drivers and to account for ecological possible consequences of plastic colonization on planktonic and benthic communities.

Dr. Armando Macali
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Environments is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • marine litter
  • biofouling fauna
  • substrate selection
  • pioneer species
  • larval settlement

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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