Special Issue "Challenge for Land Use and Biodiversity"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Göran Sahlén
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Guest Editor
The Rydberg Laboratory for Applied Sciences, Halmstad University, P.O. Box 803, 30118 Halmstad, Sweden
Interests: odonata; evolution; community ecology; climate change; morphological; environmental drivers
Dr. Mateus Marques Pires
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Guest Editor
Biology Graduate Program, UNISINOS University, São Leopoldo, RS 93022-750, Brazil
Interests: community ecology; environmental monitoring; freshwater ecology
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Prof. Dr. Eduardo Perico
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution, Vale do Taquari University – UNIVATES, Lajeado, RS 95914-014, Brazil
Interests: landscape ecology; community ecology; conservation biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Land use change is an increasing threat to biodiversity, causing a worldwide decline in species richness and abundance and affecting the composition of biological communities. The expected impact of land use changes on biodiversity depends on a range of factors, such as the research methods used and how biodiversity is analyzed. For instance, functional diversity has been an important target, in addition to, or as a substitute for taxonomic approaches. Fewer studies have assessed temporal trends in land use or carried out case studies of landscape management. The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight advances in our knowledge of the relationship between landscape patterns and ecosystem functionality, and their effects on biodiversity. Contributions discussing approaches to better account for landscape multi-scale interactions, considering multi-taxon approaches as well as the provision of ecosystem services are especially welcome. We are also open to studies on other dimensions of changes in land use and biodiversity, for instance, studies using methodologies derived from engineering, geography, geology, and chemistry. Researchers are invited to help advance the dialogue and direction of research to address emerging challenges in land use management and its effects on diversity.

Dr. Göran Sahlén
Dr. Mateus Marques Pires
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Perico
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • landscape ecology
  • interdisciplinary approach
  • multi-scale approach
  • taxonomic and functional diversity
  • land management
  • ecosystem services

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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