Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Freshwater Ecology and Ecosystem Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioannis Karaouzas
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Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Athens, Greece
Interests: freshwater biology; stream ecology; freshwater pollution; macroinvertebrate ecology & taxonomy; environmental monitoring & assessment; biogeography; ecosystems protection & management
Dr. Christos Theodoropoulos
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Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Athens, Greece
Interests: ecohydraulics; macroinvertebrates; freshwater ecology; habitat modelling; ecological modelling; ecological monitoring; ecological indicators; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, freshwater ecosystems are being critically threatened by agrochemical and industrial pollution, habitat degradation and loss, the introduction of invasive species, unsustainable dam construction, water overexploitation, and anthropogenic and climate-change-induced water scarcity. This Special Issue of Water welcomes scientific contributions from freshwater scientists, water managers, and policy makers that will enhance the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in research and applications in the field of freshwater ecology and ecosystem protection and management. Contributors may propose advanced concepts/frameworks and solutions, demonstrate new ecological tools to tackle the aforementioned issues, and advance towards a balanced/sustainable human interaction with freshwater ecosystems. Specifically, submissions may address one of the following issues:

  • Impact of pollution on freshwater ecosystems;
  • Innovative concepts and practices regarding pollution mitigation and management;
  • Reviews of sustainable freshwater resources management policies and best practice case studies;
  • Effects of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystems;
  • Effects of climate change on freshwater ecosystems; future scenarios; and how to prevent further biodiversity loss;
  • Ecological modelling applications within wider freshwater management and restoration schemes;
  • Development of new generic and/or stressor-specific biotic indices;
  • Cost-effective and time-efficient ecological restoration techniques and practices;
  • New concepts on fundamental freshwater ecology that could contribute to advancing policy frameworks;
  • Other fundamental and applied freshwater ecology topics that may contribute to developing a balanced relationship between humans and the environment.

Dr. Ioannis Karaouzas
Dr. Christos Theodoropoulos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Ecological modelling
  • Pollution mitigation
  • Multiple stressors
  • Sustainable freshwater management
  • IWRM
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Ecological applications

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α- and β-Diversity Patterns of Macrophytes and Freshwater Fishes are Driven by Different Factors and Processes in Lakes of the Unexplored Southern Balkan Biodiversity Hotspot
Water 2020, 12(7), 1984; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071984 - 13 Jul 2020
Abstract
Disentangling the main drivers of species richness and community composition is a central theme in ecology. Freshwater biodiversity patterns have been poorly explored; yet, it has been shown that different freshwater biota have different, often contrasting responses to environmental gradients. In this study, [...] Read more.
Disentangling the main drivers of species richness and community composition is a central theme in ecology. Freshwater biodiversity patterns have been poorly explored; yet, it has been shown that different freshwater biota have different, often contrasting responses to environmental gradients. In this study, we investigated the relative contribution of geographical and environmental (habitat-, climate- and water quality-related) factors/gradients in shaping the α- and β-diversity patterns of macrophytes and fish in sixteen natural freshwater lakes of an unexplored Balkan biodiversity hotspot, the Southern Balkan Peninsula. We employed generalized linear modeling to identify drivers of α-diversity, and generalized dissimilarity modeling to explore commonalities and dissimilarities of among-biota β-diversity. Species richness of both biota was significantly associated with lake surface area, whereas macrophytes had an inverse response to altitude, compared to fish. Both species turnover and nestedness significantly contributed to the total β-diversity of macrophytes. In contrast, species turnover was the most significant contributor to the total fish β-diversity. We found that the compositional variation of macrophytes is primarily limited by dispersal and ultimately shaped by environmental drivers, resulting in spatially structured assemblages. Fish communities were primarily shaped by altitude, highlighting the role of species sorting. We conclude that among-biota diversity patterns are shaped by different/contrasting factors, and, thus, effective/sustainable conservation strategies should encompass multiple aquatic biota. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Trends in Freshwater Ecology and Ecosystem Management)
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