Special Issue "The Impacts of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on Marine Ecosystems"

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: 13 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carlos Jimenez
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Guest Editor
Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre Acropoleos 2, Aglantzia 2101, Nicosia, Cyprus; The Cyprus Institute, EEWRC - Marine Environment, 20 Konstantinou Kavafi St, 2121 Aglantzia. P.O BOX 27456, 1645 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel. +357 96667517
Interests: natural and anthropogenic disturbances; environmental history; deep-water coral habitats; benthic ecology; coral reef ecology; invasive marine species

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the scenario of a changing world, understanding the role of disturbance—natural or anthropogenic—as a driving force behind biodiversity, communities, assemblages, and entire habitats and ecosystems is more relevant than ever. Mass-mortality events in the marine realm are causing a plethora of effects on various time scales, and are only surpassed by the consequences of man-made activities. Even deep-sea habitats are not spared from ecosystem-scale changes. Coastal areas are particularly affected by disturbances of land and sea origins. The impacts of invasive marine species, for example, have been related to particular disturbances and regimes. It is crucial to study ecological disturbances in order to formulate realistic conservation and management activities. We welcome contributions from all over the world addressing (1) the aforementioned topics in the field and laboratory, as well as (2) the need (or not) to assist natural recovery processes or to increase the resistance of marine ecosystems, and (3) implications for the management and conservation of disturbance regimes and nature. Study cases on the local effects of short- and long-term disturbances will be considered if they have a wider regional relevance.

Dr. Carlos Jimenez
Guest Editor

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. 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 1200 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.


  • disturbance
  • ecological disturbance
  • resilience
  • marine ecosystems
  • climate change
  • pollution
  • human activities
  • invasive species
  • mass mortalities
  • heat waves
  • disease
  • global biological change
  • regional change
  • restoration
  • resilience

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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