Special Issue "Marine Ecosystem Functioning and Food Webs under Climate Change"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 581

Special Issue Editor

Department of Biology, Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281/S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: marine biodiversity; benthic ecology; climate change impacts; meiofauna; nematodes; species interactions; stable isotope ecology; trophic ecology; food webs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food webs are a critical, well-studied concept in ecology as they illustrate the various trophic connections among taxa in ecological communities, which, in turn, represent the energy and nutrient flows through living organisms. Food web dynamics have been used as a measure of the functional complexity of communities or as an indication in terms of stability of ecosystems. There is strong empirical evidence that the warming and acidification of the oceans may result in major structural changes within marine food webs, leading to severe biodiversity loss and reducing ecosystem stability and resilience. Accurate predictions of species and communities’ responses to climate change are crucial for decision-making on conservation of natural habitats within marine ecosystems. Therefore, it is important to investigate the responses to climate change from individual organisms to trophic interactions and ecosystem functions.

For this Special Issue on “Marine Ecosystem Functioning and Food Webs Under Climate Change”, we invite submissions that address all aspects of food web ecology addressing species interactions within food webs and their response to climate change in a wide range of marine habitats (estuarine, coastal, polar ecosystems), highlighting new research especially related to: i) trophic links and trophic interactions in marine food webs; ii) the dynamics and energy flow in marine ecosystems; and iii) the link between food webs and ecosystem functioning in marine ecosystems, in relation to climate change.

Dr. Anna-Maria Vafeiadou
Guest Editor

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  • trophic interactions
  • food webs
  • marine ecosystems
  • climate change
  • energy dynamics
  • ecosystem functions

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