Special Issue "Aquatic Biodiversity and Forests"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anne Timm
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Guest Editor
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Interests: stream habitat; ecohydrology; urban aquatic ecology; water temperature; riparian management
Dr. Susan Adams
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Guest Editor
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, Aquatic Conservation and Ecology Team, Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Interests: crayfish; fish; stream ecology; conservation; disturbance; systematics; invasive species
Dr. Jason Dunham
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Guest Editor
USGS , Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon, United States
Interests: ecological drought; climate vulnerability assessments; regional assessments of land use and conservation priorities; invasive species; hydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater stream and wetland species are inherently connected to forested ecosystems because of the importance of riparian zones and the role of forests in maintaining water quantity, water quality, and habitat. Maintaining stream and wetland habitat connectivity and ecosystem functions at all spatial scales are essential for aquatic biodiversity conservation. Threats to global aquatic biodiversity may include forest management practices, urbanization-related stressors, climate-change-related alterations of hydrologic and thermal regimes, and biological invasions. This Special Issue of Water aims to showcase habitat conservation for fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and other aquatic and semi-aquatic species that depend on freshwater–forest connections. Manuscript themes may span aquatic ecosystem effects of forestry practices, riparian buffer efficacy and corridor designs, land-cover- and climate-change-related stressors, genetic tools for inventory and assessment, and ecohydrology applications for habitat planning. Submissions are encouraged on stream and wetland species that are at risk due to reduced freshwater–forest habitat connectivity and predictive tools that can be applied at multiple spatial scales to help to reduce loss of aquatic habitat and ecosystem function.

Dr. Anne Timm
Dr. Susan Adams
Dr. Jason Dunham
Guest Editors

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  • aquatic ecology
  • conservation
  • climate vulnerability
  • invasive species
  • regional assessment
  • hydrology
  • habitat
  • riparian
  • freshwater species
  • semi-aquatic species

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Stream Temperature Response to 50% Strip-Thinning in a Temperate Forested Headwater Catchment
Water 2021, 13(8), 1022; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081022 - 08 Apr 2021
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Stream temperature is a critical parameter for understanding hydrological and biological processes in stream ecosystems. Although a large body of research has addressed the effects of forest harvesting on stream temperature, less is known about the responses of stream temperature to the practice [...] Read more.
Stream temperature is a critical parameter for understanding hydrological and biological processes in stream ecosystems. Although a large body of research has addressed the effects of forest harvesting on stream temperature, less is known about the responses of stream temperature to the practice of strip-thinning, which produces more coherent patches of shade and sunlight areas. In this study, we examined stream temperature response to 50% strip-thinning in a 17 ha headwater catchment. The thinning lines extended through the riparian zone. Paired-catchment analysis was applied to estimate changes in daily maximum, mean, and minimum stream temperatures for the first year following treatment. Significant effects on daily maximum stream temperature were found for April to August, ranging from 0.6 °C to 3.9 °C, similar to the magnitude of effect found in previous studies involving 50% random thinning. We conducted further analysis to identify the thermal response variability in relation to hydrometeorological drivers. Multiple regression analysis revealed that treatment effects for maximum daily stream temperature were positively related to solar radiation and negatively related to discharge. Frequent precipitation during the summer monsoon season produced moderate increases in discharge (from 1 to 5 mm day−1), mitigating stream temperature increases associated with solar radiation. Catchment hydrologic response to rain events can play an important role in controlling stream thermal response to forest management practices. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aquatic Biodiversity and Forests)
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Riparian land cover, water temperature variability, and thermal stress for aquatic species in urban streams
Authors: Anne Timm 1, Valerie Ouellet 2 and Melinda Daniels 3
Affiliations: 1 USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration affiliate, USA
3 Stroud Water Research Center, Fluvial Geomorphology Group, Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA

2. Title: Climate, Fire Regime, and Stream Characteristics Influence the Occupancy of an Ancient Frog Endemic to the Intermountain West, USA
Authors: Pilliod, D.S. and R.F Thurow
Affiliations: US Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (DSP), US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (RFT)

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