Special Issue "Marine Biodiversity Observatory Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Christina Pavloudi
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Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Former U.S. Base of Gournes, Heraklion, 71500, Crete, Greece
Interests: microbial ecology; marine biology and ecology; marine biodiversity; functional diversity and bioinformatics
Dr. Katerina Vasileiadou
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Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture—Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Interests: benthic ecology; benthic biodiversity; population genetics/genomics; seascape genetics/genomics; conservation biology
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Dr. Georgios Kotoulas
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Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Former U.S. Base of Gournes, Heraklion, 71500, Crete, Greece
Interests: PCR; cloning; molecular biology; genomics; Genetics; next generation sequencing; biodiversity & conservation; population genetics; evolutionary biology; marine biology
Dr. Ioulia Santi
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Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Former U.S. Base of Gournes, GR71003 Heraklion, Greece
Interests: PCR; DNA; ecology; environmental microbiology; marine biology; microbial ecology; microbial culture; microbial diversity; plankton ecology; marine microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine biodiversity provides ecosystem services that are essential to human health. More specifically, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial communities are the foundation of the majority of these services. However, biodiversity is facing changes due to anthropogenic activities, climate change, invasive alien species, and natural variation. To be able to predict early-warning signals and tipping points regarding ecosystem resilience, it is required to combine observation and recording of both the biodiversity and the functional potential of an ecosystem through time. Marine biodiversity observatory systems address this need as they are sites subjected to long-term scientific research using both traditional and novel approaches in biodiversity monitoring, with the latter exploiting environmental DNA (eDNA) and RNA (eRNA) (e.g., metabarcoding, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics). Thus, traditional biodiversity assessment approaches are complemented by newer ones in an attempt to comprehensively catalogue all organisms present and enhance the sensitivity of the observation.

Dr. Christina Pavloudi
Dr. Katerina Vasileiadou
Dr. Georgios Kotoulas
Dr. Ioulia Santi
Guest Editors

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. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • environmental DNA (eDNA)
  • metabarcoding
  • ecosystem services
  • climate change
  • invasive alien species
  • monitoring

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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