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Special Issue "Biodiversity and Human-Environment Interactions II"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Conservation".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 June 2023 | Viewed by 2281
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Interests: plant ecology; biodiversity and conservation; invasion ecology; ethnobotany; environmental management
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Special Issue Information
Mounting evidence is now pointing to an ongoing sixth mass extinction, or biodiversity crisis. This crisis differs from the previous ones due to its main cause: anthropogenic versus natural events (the Anthropocene era). The overwhelming impact of humans on the ongoing biodiversity crisis suggests that if we understand and are able to predict human interactions with the environment, we could achieve a great step towards curbing, controlling, or preventing destructive anthropogenic pressures on biodiversity, or at least using this understanding to inform policy. Given that the survival of the human species itself depends on how well biodiversity and the environment are preserved (due to the tremendous ecosystem goods and services humans rely on), there is a need for a continued commitment to investigating human–environment interactions.
Studies that fall within the scope of human ecology, ecological anthropology, and ethnobiology (including ethnoecology, ethnobotany and ethnozoology, ethnopharmacology, etc.) investigate these interactions. However, some of these studies are heavily descriptive, making hot debates around hypotheses and theories in these fields less frequent, and prompting some to even question if these disciplines have unifying theories.
The present Special Issue provides an exciting opportunity to share your recent research on theory-inspired studies on various aspects of human–biodiversity interactions, including how biodiversity responds to anthropogenic disturbance. The key aspects of this Special Issue are two-fold. First, human aspects—either as the drivers (direct or indirect) of disturbances to biodiversity or as the beneficiary of biodiversity functions (ecosystem goods and services)—must be clearly highlighted. Second, studies must rely on clearly formulated hypotheses or theories that can be used to fuel discussions in the field (purely descriptive studies are less likely to be accepted).
Diversity’s team and the Guest Editor kindly invite you to submit a manuscript focused on any of the above topics. Some of these studies or reviews may focus on human selection and the use of native biodiversity (plants, animals, fungi, etc.); the selection, use, and integration of non-native plants into local pharmacopoeias; plant harvest ecology; the responses of biodiversity to anthropogenic pressures; and conservation efforts of biodiversity at any scale (country level or beyond); including policy aspects of biodiversity conservation, etc. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Kowiyou Yessoufou
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- biodiversity and conservation
- biodiversity crisis
- ecosystem good services
- hypotheses and theories
- human ecology
- ecological anthropology