Special Issue "Forest Biodiversity under the Changing Land Use and Climate"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019
Dr. Jakub Horák
Czech Univ Life Sci Prague, Fac Forestry & Wood Sci, Kamycka 129, CZ-16500 Prague 6, Suchdol, Czech Republic
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Interests: Biodiversity; Conservation Biology; Ecology and Evolution; Conservation; Ecology; Ecosystem Ecology; Species Diversity; Wildlife Conservation; Invasive Species; Biodiversity Monitoring
Forests are dramatically changing all over the world. This change is dynamic and irreversible. Therefore, there is a high probability that the forests we see now will be completely different for our descendants.
Human beings are presently the most important factor (at least one of factors) that drives the conspicuous changes of the forests on Earth. One of the most important factors of the ongoing changes to forest environment (e.g., spatial structure, dominant tree-species survival, or interconnection with other ecosystems) is the global change of climate and land use. It is presumed that these changes are much more intensive than they have been in the past after the last Glaciation. Hence, global changes have a strong impact on the actual biological diversity of forests.
Forests are most probably the most biodiverse ecosystems on our planet. Mainly, the presence of biomass from trees and its combination with specific climate and soil conditions appear to be important factors that make forests places of high species numbers, often with a presence of unique biota. Many studies in the past evaluated the effect of changing forest environments on individual taxa (e.g., birds, fungi, or beetles). More recently, several authors have been trying to compare the effects of diverse forest conditions from the multi-taxa point of view. Both approaches, together with the evaluation of the environment, are important when it comes to the knowledge of forest biodiversity.
This Special Issue should bring one important piece of knowledge to the mosaic of forest biodiversity—a point of view of different scientists from different countries with different specializations to the groups of biota and evaluation of environment. This could be a synthesis of an important document of our present for future generations.
Dr. Jakub Horák
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- forest management
- biodiversity conservation
- forest ecology
- species richness
- forest loss
- disturbance regimes