Advances in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

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: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 520

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Interests: marine ecology; marine mammals; biodiversity; conservation; GIS; ecological modeling; population dynamics; endangered species
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the necessity to implement conservation measures within marine environments. However, the tools for translating the scientific community’s insights into concrete and effective policy actions still remain poorly defined. Enhancing our understanding of the characterization of priority habitats and the ecology of key species of marine ecosystems is essential to effectively guide conservation efforts. Additionally, leveraging technological advancements in ecoinformatics may noticeably improve our capacity to support conservation initiatives and manage human pressures on marine ecosystems.

Hence, research contributions that address marine priority habitats and all key ecological species within the framework of EU and global marine policies, particularly those threatened by multiple stressors, are welcome. Contributions dealing with novel indicators or methodologies for identifying critical habitats of key species as well as studies addressing emerging pressures on different ecosystem components are encouraged. Contributions that provide indications of potential conservation and management scenarios for critical species and habitats are also welcome. Moreover, given the transformative potential of incorporating machine learning tools into ecological research and modelling, works that apply these cutting-edge technologies to improve conservation outcomes are of particular interest for this Special Issue.

Dr. Giulia Cipriano
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  • species distribution
  • biodiversity conservation
  • experimental ecology
  • climate change
  • biological invasions
  • anthropogenic impacts
  • renewable energy
  • ecological modelling
  • machine learning
  • computer vision
  • marine mammals
  • sea turtles
  • priority species and habitats

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Amphiatlantic Dolphins’ Prey: Indicators of Speciation, Trophic Competition and Global Warming? A Review
by Liliana Olaya-Ponzone, Rocío Espada Ruíz, Daniel Patón Domínguez and José Carlos García-Gómez
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2024, 12(6), 978; - 11 Jun 2024
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A review of the prey of three amphiatlantic dolphin species, Tursiops truncatus, Stenella coeruleoalba and Delphinus delphis, is carried out. The main objective of this work is to review the feeding of these species in the Atlantic in order to assess [...] Read more.
A review of the prey of three amphiatlantic dolphin species, Tursiops truncatus, Stenella coeruleoalba and Delphinus delphis, is carried out. The main objective of this work is to review the feeding of these species in the Atlantic in order to assess the degrees of trophic competition and speciation pressure. A total of 103 fish families, 22 cephalopod families and 19 crustacean families have been counted, from which the species identified to the genus level only included seventy-one fish, twenty cephalopods and five crustaceans, and the total species identified included three-hundred-one fish, fifty cephalopods and twenty-six crustaceans. The most consumed prey were fish, followed by cephalopods and crustaceans. The exclusive prey consumed by each of the three dolphin species, as well as those shared by all or at least two of them, have also been counted. T. truncatus is the most general; however, the western Atlantic populations exhibit high dietary specialization compared to the eastern Atlantic populations, reflecting strong speciation pressure on both sides of the Atlantic. D. delphis and S. coeruleoalba, despite their amphiatlantism, have hardly been studied in the western Atlantic, except for a few references in the southern hemisphere, so the fundamental differences between the two species and their comparison with T. truncatus have been established with records from the eastern Atlantic. All three dolphin species have been observed to be expanding, especially D. delphis. This northward expansion and that of their prey is discussed. Full article
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