Special Issue "Global Change and Forest Plant Community Dynamics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2023 | Viewed by 186

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Dylan Fischer
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Field and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory, Lab II 3265, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505, USA
Interests: genes-to-ecosystems; ecological restoration; riparian forests; temperate rainforests; disturbance ecology; volcano ecology; community ecology; carbon and water cycling; nutrient cycles; tree root production
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change effects on plant communities represent a major potential threat to global forest plant biodiversity. Nevertheless, many forest ecosystems have not been examined closely with respect to the effects of the climate and microclimate on individual species’ distributions, reproduction, and survival. Global change impacts on plant communities may occur via drought, nutrient dynamics, land-use change, invasive species, pathogens, and altered disturbance regimes. In light of climate change, it has been said that species can persist, adapt, move, or die. Accordingly, much of the responsiveness of individual species to changing climate conditions depends on plant traits, life history strategies, asexual reproduction, phenological patterns in growth and reproduction, and interactions with other elements of forest ecosystems such as disturbance, tree mortality, symbioses, and invasive species. The responsiveness of plant communities to global change will result from the amalgam of individual species’ responses and interactions. Defining the nature of these amalgam responses may help predict and manage changing biodiversity in forest ecosystems. In this Special Issue, we invite authors to contribute manuscripts representing forest plant species and plant community responses to climatic variation. We aim to include papers presenting data on individual species, communities, and the results of modeling in the context of climatic variation.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Autecology;
  • Assembly;
  • Disturbance ecology;
  • Changes in plant distributions;
  • Eco–evo dynamics;
  • Phenological variation in understory species;
  • Environmental filters;
  • Species pools and legacy effects;
  • Mortality and effects of pathogens;
  • Changes in plant reproduction and growth under changing climate conditions.

Dr. Dylan Fischer
Guest Editor

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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.


  • climate change
  • drought
  • forests
  • global change
  • land-use change
  • meta-analysis
  • diversity
  • global change experiments
  • herbaceous plants
  • richness
  • assembly
  • community genetics
  • climatic adaptation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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