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Special Issue "Stable Isotopes in Forest Ecosystem Research"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecophysiology and Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Juan Pedro Ferrio Díaz

ARAID researcher at Forest Resources Unit, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón, Av. Montañana, 930, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain.
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Interests: tree physiology, plant phenotyping, stable isotopes, carbon and water balance, drought stress, water use efficiency, plant water uptake, ecological interactions, palaeocology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. M. Larry Lopez C.

Faculty of Agriculture, Yamagata University, Wakaba-machi, Tsuruoka-shi Yamagata 997-8555, Japan.
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Phone: 812352822961
Interests: forest nitrogen and water cycle by using nitrogen and carbon/oxygen isotopes; use isotopes as an integrator tool of the exchange of C, N and H2O within the soil-plant-atmosphere interface; long-term effects (or resilience) of forest ecosystems to disturbances such as fire, insect outbreak, salinity, soil chemical unbalance and tsunami.

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Globally, forests are able to fix about 30% of annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions, and may be responsible for 70–90% of continental water losses. Therefore, understanding forest response to environmental drivers is crucial to anticipate and eventually mitigate the impacts of future global change. For this purpose, stable isotopes analysis has become a particularly suitable tool, offering time- and space-integrated information on the environmental effects on tree physiology and the implications for carbon, water and nutrient ecosystem balances. In this Special Issue, we invite studies developing applications of stable isotopes in forest ecology, tree physiology and ecohydrology, as well as modelling or empirical studies aimed at improving our mechanistic understanding of isotope fractionation in trees.

In particular, we encourage studies on the application of stables isotopes to the study of:

  • ecological interactions in relation to the use of resources, e.g. nutrients, water, light;
  • genetic variability in water uptake and water use efficiency in trees;
  • nutrient balance of forests in response to environmental or anthropogenic changes;
  • nitrogen dynamics: soil-mycorrhiza-plant interface;
  • interaction between forests and the hydrological cycle;
  • physiological response to different silvicultural treatments or disturbances;
  • whole-tree and ecosystem carbon and water balances;
  • validation and/or development of mechanistic models of isotope fractionation;

Dr. Juan Pedro Ferrio Díaz
Prof. Dr. M. Larry Lopez C.
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 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.


  • Stable isotopes
  • Environmental response
  • Ecological interactions
  • Genetic variability
  • Water-use efficiency
  • Nutrient cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Climate reconstruction 
  • Hydrological cycle
  • Forest management
  • Disturbances

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