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Special Issue "Natural Regeneration in Mixed Hardwood Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael A. Jenkins

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Interests: disturbance ecology; invasion biology; applied forest ecology; deer herbivory; long-term studies
Guest Editor
Dr. Bryan Murray

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

Natural regeneration is the predominant mechanism for recruiting new trees in managed mixed hardwood forests. However, natural regeneration in contemporary forests is often hindered by human-driven alterations to disturbance regimes, species pools, and landscape structure. These alterations include fire suppression, overabundant ungulate populations, and invasive species, and the legacy of historic land use, exploitive logging, and fragmentation. Understanding the mechanisms of natural regeneration, and how they are influenced by silvicultural practices, is critical to maintaining desired tree species that sustain the ecological and economic integrity of mixed hardwood forests. Examinations of these mechanisms must be made within the context of species traits, disturbance regimes, forest succession, and interspecific competition.

For this Special Issue of Forests, we invite contributions that examine the mechanisms, challenges, and applications of natural regeneration across the global distribution of mixed hardwood temperate forests. We welcome work based upon both field observations and designed experiments, as well as review papers. We hope this issue will help synthesize our knowledge of natural regeneration and provide valuable information for the management and restoration of mixed hardwood forests.

Prof. Dr. Michael A. Jenkins
Dr. Bryan Murray
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.


  • disturbance
  • succession
  • understory
  • sprouting
  • recruitment
  • herbivory
  • fire

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