Special Issue "Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series “Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment Reconstruction”"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Geological Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 May 2023 | Viewed by 133

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Henk Brinkhuis
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Guest Editor
1. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands
2. Department of Earth Sciences Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: marine geology; marine palynology; marine micropaleontology; geochemistry; paleoceanography; paleoecology; paleoclimatology
Prof. Dr. Manuel Rigo
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Department of Geosciences, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
Interests: stratigraphy; geochemistry; palaeontology; climate; mass extinctions; oceanic anoxic events
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Prof. Dr. Alessandra Negri
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Department of Life and Environmental Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: stratigraphy; palaeoceanography; palaeoclimatology; paleoenvironment micropaleontology; neogene; Mediterranean sea; sapropel

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

When dealing with the impact of climate change on modern ecosystems on short and longer timescales, one approach is to employ past environmental perturbations as analogues for present and future developments. The following statement represents a central theme of this Special Issue: the present as a key to the past and the past as a key to the future.

The purpose of the invited Special Issue is to publish the most exciting paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate research, particularly the studies that deal with the Mesozoic and Cenozoic ‘Hothouse Earth’ period and the geological intervals characterized by the occurrence of “black shales”. We also welcome actuopaleontological studies that emphasize the important role of modern biological assemblages as analogues for understanding the past. The Special Issue manuscripts will experience a rapid turn-around time regarding reviewing and publishing. Furthermore, authors may disseminate the articles freely for research, teaching, and reference purposes. It must be noted that multidisciplinary studies that involve novel techniques are encouraged.

Topics may include the following:

  • Carbon cycling in the Hothouse Earth period;
  • Dynamics of ancient warm oceans and atmosphere;
  • Extreme weather conditions in the Hothouse Earth period;
  • Sea level variations during the Hothouse Earth period;
  • Evolutionary change during the Hothouse Earth period;
  • Biotic turnovers and extinctions during the Hothouse Earth period;
  • CO2 concentration and black shales deposition;
  • Ecology of phytoplankton and zooplankton in high organic matter modern environments: an actuopalaeontological approach.

Prof. Dr. Henk Brinkhuis
Prof. Dr. Manuel Rigo
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Negri
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 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 2200 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.


  • high resolution paleoclimate
  • paleoenvironmental
  • paleoecological reconstructions
  • hothouse earth
  • inorganic and organic biogeochemistry
  • micropaleontology
  • palaeontology
  • paleobotany
  • palynology
  • actuopaleontology
  • climate modelling
  • earth system
  • carbon cycle
  • black shales
  • turnovers
  • extinctions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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