Special Issue "Biological Invasions in the Marine Environment"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2022.
Interests: changes in species distribution and their relation with human activity; cryptic species; DNA metabarcoding; marine biodiversity; monitoring; morphological and molecular taxonomy of marine invertebrates; next-generation sequencing; non-indigenous species
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The ever-increasing volume of maritime traffic and aquaculture activities, fostered by the rapid globalization, are drastically accelerating the introduction and spread of non-indigenous species (NIS). These species might become invasive, threatening biodiversity and affecting ecosystem services, which may result in significant impacts for the economy and human well-being. Consequently, national and international policies have been adopted to manage this global problem. Despite the fact that some progress has been made, the control of biological invasions in the marine environment is still in its infancy, and is mainly hampered by (i) incomplete and inaccurate data availability on species distributions, vectors and introduction pathways; (ii) dispersed information across different unstandardized datasets; (iii) cumulative time lags in detection and reporting of NIS; (iv) a lack of comprehensive information on the impacts of these species on native communities; and (v) the existence of important gaps in taxonomic knowledge, especially for smaller taxa (‘’hidden invaders’’), early life stages (larvae, immature) and cryptic species.
The aim of this Special Issue is to provide new data (molecular, morphological, biological, ecological, etc.) to contribute to the knowledge of biological invasions in the marine environment. In addition to providing new NIS records, it will provide crucial insights into (i) non-indigenous and native species abundance and diversity; (ii) identification of taxonomically complicated taxa; (iii) the population structure, dispersal capability and population connectivity of NIS; (iv) the origin and distribution range of these species; (v) patterns of introduction, colonization and spread, including the characterization of the main responsible vectors; (vi) the biotic and abiotic factors involved in their establishment success and subsequent spread; (vii) the invasive potential of species; (viii) current and long-term impacts on recipient communities; and (ix) monitoring and management strategies to ensure the early detection of NIS and prevent their further spread.
Dr. María Pilar Cabezas Rodríguez
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- Early detection
- First record
- Introduction pattern
- Impact assessment
- Management and monitoring
- Marine biodiversity
- Morphological and molecular approaches
- Vectors and pathways of introduction.