Special Issue "Biodiversity and Functionality in Freshwater and Transitional Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: aquatic ecology; macrozoobenthic communities; ecosystem functioning; river ecology; lagoon ecosystems; ecosystem services; ecosystem management; environmental impacts
Interests: aquatic ecology; ecosystem functioning; ecosystem services; landscape ecology; ecosystem management
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Aquatic ecosystems host high levels of biological diversity, which significantly support human life. Unfortunately, the majority of freshwater and transitional ecosystems are experiencing severe impacts caused by human activities and climate change that are threatening their ecological conditions. When effectively conserved, aquatic living communities guarantee ecosystem resilience and the maintenance of relevant ecological processes and functions, such as nutrient and carbon cycling, water quality regulation, trophic resources, etc.
However, the role of biological communities in the regulation of aquatic ecosystem functioning is poorly studied. The understanding of the complex relations between aquatic biota and ecosystem functioning and how aquatic systems respond to environmental changes is of paramount importance to strengthen biological conservation and support human wellbeing.
This Special Issue calls for new insights into the consequences of environmental variations on aquatic biodiversity and ecological functioning, including spatial and temporal dimensions. Contributions may include investigations of freshwater and transitional ecosystems, ranging from headwaters to coastal areas at different scales.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relations between aquatic biodiversity and ecological functions;
- Biodiversity and ecological functions along environmental gradients;
- Effects of climate change and/or other environmental variations on ecological functions;
- Contribution of aquatic biodiversity and ecological functioning to human wellbeing.
Prof. Dr. Elisa Anna Fano
Dr. Mattias Gaglio
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Biodiversity–ecosystem functions relationship
- Ecosystem functioning
- Aquatic biota
- Freshwater ecosystems
- Transitional ecosystems
- Environmental gradients
- Environmental changes
- Climate change