Special Issue "Trends in Functional Biodiversity and Resilience of Agriculture and Forestry Landscapes in the Anthropocene"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mário Gabriel Santiago dos Santos
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Laboratory of Applied Ecology, CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-911 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: ecological indicators; agroecosystems; agroforestry; arthropods; ornithology; agent based models; system dynamics models
Prof. Dr. António Luis Crespí
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Herbarium, ECVA, CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-911 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: biogeography; morphogenetic; resilience; functional ecology; taxonomy
Prof. Dr. Reinaldo Lucas Cajaiba
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Laboratory of Ecology and Conservation, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhão, Buriticupu, MA, Brazil
Laboratory of Applied Ecology, CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-911 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: ecological indicators; landscape ecology; functional ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The dominant socioeconomic factors inducing landscape dynamics in rural regions worldwide produce feedbacks originating from vortexes of environmental and ecological changes, which ultimately impact their associated services. Regional socioecological studies and functional biodiversity monitoring have become central in landscape ecology and environmental management, namely for planning and implementing political measures aimed at creating sustainable and adaptable future landscapes. In fact, ongoing climate, land use and land cover changes, and the aforementioned socioeconomic activities, have profound interweaves, shaping regimes in manmade landscapes that are highly dependent on population density, crops’ economic value, political decisions, and other socioecological factors. Shifts and effects associated with these highly dynamic landscapes are only partially understood, namely the main cause–effect relationships between changes in the landscape and ecosystem responses. Moreover, the recognition by an increasing number of scientists and stakeholders of the explanatory and predictive limitations of the traditional measures of biodiversity and ecosystem value and landscape management has triggered a revolution in the way we consider biodiversity and ecosystem services. Even though enhancing and/or maintaining biodiversity and the ecosystem services can be the basis for adapting landscapes to global and regional changes, as well as to the design of risk-decreasing strategies, the resilience of socioecological systems has become the core investigation. With time lags characterizing socioecological systems and nonlinear features and the difficult-to-reverse nature of regime shifts interceded by tipping points, the importance of the concept and application of resilience of ecosystems and landscapes has been brought to light. In fact, societal and ecological mechanisms usually interact, generating changes in biological communities, degradation of ecosystems, and effects on landscapes and human wellbeing in a much more imperceptible and misunderstood way. The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together cutting-edge investigation on the problematics of managing landscapes on our fast-moving planet, with a special focus on the application of new and disruptive investigations supported by socioecology, functional biodiversity, and resilience concepts.

Prof. Dr. Mário Santos
Prof. Dr. António Luis Crespí
Prof. Dr. Reinaldo Lucas Cajaiba
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Production landscapes
  • Functional ecology
  • Resilience
  • Biodiversity
  • Management
  • Functional redundancy
  • Ecological modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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