Special Issue "Modeling of Species Distribution and Biodiversity in Forests"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2020.
Interests: environmental monitoring and indicator species; standardization of biomonitoring methods; quality assurance procedures in environmental monitoring; biodiversity and sustainable forest management; lichen diversity
Interests: environmental monitoring and biomonitoring; applicability of bioindication and bioaccumulation techniques; environmental alteration of risk areas; lichen functional traits; sustainable forest management
Understanding patterns of biodiversity and their relationship with environmental gradients is a key issue in ecological research and conservation in forests. Indeed, several environmental factors are able to influence species distributions in these complex ecosystems. It is therefore essential to distinguish among the effects of natural factors from the anthropogenic ones (e.g., environmental pollution, climate change, forest management) by adopting reliable models able to predict future scenarios of species distribution.
In the last 20 years, the use of statistical tools such as species distribution models or ecological niche models has allowed making great strides in the subject, with hundreds of scientific studies in this field.
In this Forests Special Issue, entitled “Modeling of Species Distribution and Biodiversity in Forests”, we aim to collect the timely and emerging research in this field. We encourage researchers to send contributions (research and review articles) on the following topics:
- Climate change and the distribution of sensitive species or species assemblages;
- Modelling the effects of forest fragmentation on biodiversity;
- Determining the risk of species invasions by means of modeling approaches;
- Modelling functional traits and indicator species;
- Environmental niche models and species conservation;
- Methodological aspects of species distribution models (SDM);
- Recommendations and guidelines to select the most appropriate model;
- The drawbacks connected with the issue of species presence-only data and pseudo-absences.
Dr. Giorgio Brunialti
Dr. Luisa Frati
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Environmental niche models
- Species assemblages
- Indicator species
- Invasive species
- Climate change
- Spatial analyses
- Forest modeling
- Species conservation
- Forest continuity