Special Issue "Impacts of Nonnative Species on the Health of Natural and Planted Forests"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Interests: community ecology; biogeography; biodiversity; biological invasions
Interests: landscape genetics; evolutionary ecology; forest tree population genetics; gene conservation; landscape ecology; biodiversity; forest health; invasive species
Interests: forest health monitoring, analysis, and assessment; landscape pattern assessment, modeling and mapping landscape pattern resilience and vulnerability
Interests: biological invasions; pest risk modeling and analysis; human-mediated dispersal; impact modeling; urban forest health
Despite conservation efforts, most forest ecosystems worldwide are greatly affected by global change including through biotic invasions, but the impacts are uneven across different regions and forest types around the globe. The relative contribution of the main causes of biotic invasions such as propagule pressure (e.g., due to human population, travel/trade), climate and land use, and habitat invasibility remain uncertain. This Special Issue aims to examine the following: (1) the impacts of nonnative species (measured as level of invasions) in various forest ecosystems (e.g., natural vs. planted) of the world; and (2) the contributions of management (harvesting, fire, and grazing), biotic factors (diversity and invasibility), human activity, and climate change to invasion. Additionally, we will focus on nonnative plant and animal (e.g., pests and mammals) co-invasions (i.e., cross-trophic levels) in forest systems. The findings will help identify invasion hotspots and causes, and inform policy makers to develop adaptive strategies to effectively practice prevention, early detection/eradication, and better management. The goal of this Special Issue is to facilitate timely communications among scientists and managers in different regions to make future invasion control more effective and ultimately to improve forest health and maintain long-term sustainability.
Dr. Qinfeng Guo
Dr. Kevin Potter
Dr. Kurt Riitters
Dr. Frank H. Koch
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. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Cross-trophic invasions
- Natural vs. planted forests
- Invasion hotspots
- Invasion pathways/drivers
- Invasion control and management