Special Issue "Recent Studies of Invasion Ecology in the Mediterranean Basin"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 7225
Interests: invasive alien species; invasion ecology; ecosystem functioning; biodiversity and conservation
Interests: biodiversity and ecosystem processes; functional plant ecology; community ecology; biodiversity conservation; conservation policy
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The Mediterranean Basin is one of the world’s richest regions in terms of plant and animal diversity and one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots recognized globally. Moreover, this diverse area hosts an exceptional heterogeneity of natural and cultural landscapes that have coexisted and coevolved for centuries. Unfortunately, as a result of the interactive effects of major components of global environmental change, it is also expected to suffer severe proportional changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Biological invasions are also considered a key driver of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation that affects human and social wellbeing at local, regional, and global scales. Although habitats in the Mediterranean Basin, compared to other Mediterranean-climate regions, seem to be the most resistant to biological invasions, the ongoing spread of invasive alien species (IAS), along with other socioeconomic factors, such as land use changes, land abandonment, expansion of the tourist industry, and intense anthropogenic activity particularly on islands and coastal habitats, suggest an urgency in studying, understanding, and managing biological invasions in the region.
In this Special Issue, we focus on terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin, with a special interest in protected areas and islands. We welcome the submission of manuscripts that address biological invasions from various perspectives, including IAS surveys, trait, climatic niche, and spatial patterns studies, pathway and vector analyses, risk assessments and eradication campaigns reports, environmental and socioeconomic impact estimations, and conservation and management strategies.
Dr. Alexandros Galanidis
Prof. Dr. Panayiotis Dimitrakopoulos
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- species surveys
- species traits
- climatic niche
- spatial distribution
- pathways and vectors
- risk assessments
- economic cost
- conservation and management
- protected areas
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Alien flora of Lesvos: floristic analysis and risk assessment
Authors: Alexandros Galanidis
Affiliation: Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, Xenia building, 81132 Mytilene, Greece
Title: Invading the Greek Seas: spatiotemporal patterns of marine alien species
Authors: Michalis Ragkousis, Maria Sini, Argyro Zenetos, Stelios Katsanevakis
Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Title: Do non-indigenous marine macrophytes in the Mediterranean fit earlier or current hypotheses regarding biological invasion theories?
Authors: Charles-François Boudouresque, Aurélie Blanfuné, Michèle Perret-Boudouresque, Sandrine Ruitton, Delphine Thibault and Thierry Thibaut
Affiliation: Aix Marseille University and University of Toulon, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), CNRS, IRD, Campus of Luminy, 13009 Marseille, France
Title: Pond slider expansion continues in the Aegean archipelago: Future prospects and the need for imperative management measures for an established invasive species
Authors: Apostolos Christopoulos and Yiannis G. Zevgolis
Affiliation: 1 Department of Zoology and Marine Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; 2 Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory, Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece;
Title: Alien flora of the Alboran coast: invasion status, habitats, origin, and pathways of introduction
Authors: Hidalgo-Triana, Noelia, Javier García-Caballero, Federico Casimiro-Soriguer, Antonio Picornell, José García and Andrés V. Pérez Latorre
Affiliation: Department of Botany, University of Málaga