Special Issue "Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Ecology"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Simen Pedersen
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Guest Editor
Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural sciences and Biotechnology, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, No-2480 Koppang, Norway
Interests: climate effects on phenology of animals in general, and seasonal color molting species in particular; mountain hares; moose browsing and moose management; impacts of wolves on livelihoods in rural areas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is currently altering all biomes of the world, from tropical rainforests to the arctic. The warming climate leads to changed weather patterns, and these changes influence species, communities and ecosystems. Wildlife that are adapted to the climate of the past will face new challenges in the current and future climate. This Special Issue focuses on the evidence for impacts of climate change on wildlife (i.e., birds and mammals) in general and any observed species’ adaptations to these changes in particular. For these groups of organisms, research has shown climate effects on, for example, camouflage mismatch and predation, timing of reproduction and other life history events, direct and indirect effects of heat stress, changed species distributions, changed foraging patterns and efficiency as well as altered species interactions.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions related to all aspects of climate change effects on bird and mammal ecology, including aspects related to behavior, species interactions, adaptations (i.e., microevolution and phenotypic plasticity), range changes, migration patterns, timing of phenological events and others. Contributions focusing on species adaptations to climate change though phenotypic plasticity or microevolution are particularly welcomed to give hope for the future.

Dr. Simen Pedersen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate change
  • global warming
  • species adaptations
  • wildlife ecology
  • phenotypic plasticity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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