Special Issue "Sustainable Wildlife Ecology and Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2018)
This Special Issue will comprise selected papers on “Sustainable Wildlife Ecology and Conservation”, including original research and reviews. At one time, the term sustainable, in the field of wildlife management, pertained simply to optimal “sustainable” harvest, based on population recruitment of a game animal, and taking into account biological and ecological factors. Today, out of necessity to protect the environment, its meaning has broadened to encompass a wider range of constituents managed through environmental, economic and social policy objectives. Given the significance of conservation biology in today’s environment as indicated by the growing number of threatened wildlife species, sustainability for wildlife biologists, scientists, and managers in current times involves comprehension of an array of integral ecological components and the mechanisms by which they function cohesively and hierarchically to maintain an ecosystem intact, while keeping manipulation of natural resources to a minimum. Topics to cover in this Special Issue might include: Case examples of practices that maintain or improve environmental quality in order to satisfy habitat and nutritional requirements of wildlife species; investigative studies evaluating the impact of human activities on macro- and micro-mineral cycles and on ecosystem biodiversity; case studies of impacts from invasive fauna and flora or wildlife poaching on native wildlife species and results obtained after control of these negative factors; evaluating the influence of climate change on wildlife species and the means by which to reduce any negative outcomes; and studies involving local community involvement to improve wildlife population numbers and biodiversity, to name a few. The role of adaptive management as a means to achieve a sustainable wildlife population makes this a challenging field of science that will continue to grow, not to mention the challenges introduced by political, cultural and biophysical barriers, including the impending shortages of cheap energy, key natural elements, and funding sources, and the ever-shrinking prime habitat leading to more fragmented wildlife populations. Contributing papers are encouraged to address their findings within the context of the projected nine billion people or more by 2050, and the continued failure to reach a steady-state human population. The objective of this Special Issue is to collectively bring under one umbrella the myriad components that interact in this diverse field of sustainable wildlife management and conservation as a means to help wildlife professionals decipher the factors that play an important role in the particular environment that they are managing.
Prof. Dr. Jo Anne Smith-Flueck
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- wildlife management
- sustainable management
- population dynamics
- natural resource management
- resource utilization
- human pressure
- mineral cycles
- adaptive management
- habitat requirements
- population size
- climate change