Special Issue "Abundance and Trophic Relationships in Freshwater Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assist. Prof. Dr. Monika Tarkowska-Kukuryk
Guest Editor
Department of Hydrobiology and Protection of Ecosystems, Faculty of Environmental Biology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, B. Dobrzanskiego 37, 20-262 Lublin, POLAND
Interests: chironomids; periphytic food web; shallow lakes; floating plants; temperature; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Interactions between food web components in freshwater ecosystems are very complex. These organisms are associated with specific trophic groups (producers, herbivores, carnivores, detritivores, and omnivores). In general, there are two theories regulating the mechanisms that control the abundance and diversity within these groups, bottom-up and top-down, which predict influences of consumers and resource availability. All these effects are under the pressure of climate change. Climate change, seen as an increase in temperature, is likely to affect the metabolism of individuals and communities, which may lead to changes in community structure, species distribution, interspecific relations, and biodiversity. Freshwaters are particularly vulnerable to climate change, because these habitats are exposed to numerous anthropogenic stressors and are fragmented within a terrestrial landscape that limits the dispersion of many species as the environment changes. This Special Issue invites fundamental and experimental studies on habitat and diet utilization, niche dynamics, feeding strategy, and food webs, as well research on responses of freshwater organisms to the effects of rising temperature.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Monika Tarkowska-Kukuryk
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • food web
  • resource availability
  • predator–prey relationships
  • ecosystem disturbance
  • top-down and bottom-up mechanisms
  • freshwater
  • climate change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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