Special Issue "Behavioral Variation across Latitudinal Gradients"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. David Outomuro
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Guest Editor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Rieveschl Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006, USA
Interests: behavioral ecology; visual ecology; geometric morphometrics; Odonata; Salticidae
Dr. Szymon Sniegula
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Guest Editor
Department of Ecosystem Conservation, Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, aleje Adama Mickiewicza 33, 31-120 Kraków, Poland
Interests: behavioral syndrome; life history; seasonal time constraints; Odonata

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Latitudinal environmental gradients have been of broad interest due to their impact on the ecology and evolution of species and species interactions. These processes even extend to the community and ecosystem levels. Traditionally, the study of life history, morphological and physiological traits along latitudinal gradients have received much attention. These studies have been fundamental for our understanding of ecological niches, distribution ranges and conservation of species.

Latitudinal gradients can also directly or indirectly affect the behavior of species, a subject that has received considerably less interest. Behavior can be plastic and heritable. Different behavioral traits can be also genetically linked to each other, either constraining or promoting adaptation. The study of behavioral variation along latitudinal gradients can therefore inform us of species resilience in the context of current environmental change.

This Special Issue will broadly address studies on the behavior of insects along latitudinal environmental gradients. Some interesting topics include, but are not limited to, sexual selection, species interactions, differences between core and edge populations and behavior at expanding range limits. Original research as well as reviews are welcome. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

Dr. David Outomuro
Dr. Szymon Sniegula
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. Insects 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 1600 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.


  • latitudinal gradients
  • distribution ranges
  • range margins
  • behavioral ecology
  • species interactions
  • sexual selection
  • conservation
  • phenotypic plasticity
  • morphology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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