Special Issue "Effects of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Activities on Mammal Biodiversity"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Loss & Dynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 June 2023) | Viewed by 463

Special Issue Editor

Applied Ecology and Conservation Lab, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus 45662-900, BA, Brazil
Interests: mammals; biodiversity; climate breakdown; defaunation; anthropogenic factors; trophic cascade; ecosystem functioning; conservation biology; habitat loss; global warming

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change and anthropogenic disturbances have been the main drivers of global mammal biodiversity. As far as we know, the climate crisis will redistribute the biodiversity as we know it, with negative effects to ecosystem services and human well-being. Projections of climate change effects on biodiversity usually indicate range shrinks, upslope, and poleward movements. Studies have pointed out that climate-driven decreases in the abundance and distribution areas of the habitats of specialist species have limited the ability of generalist and abundant species to grow in wide distribution. As mammal species shift in response to climate change, colonization by invasive species may also be enhanced. Furthermore, anthropogenic activities are the main global factor influencing mammal biodiversity loss. Due to anthropogenic disturbances, mammals are downsizing, and some studies have pointed a biomass compensation by small mammals, mainly rodents. As a result, the world is observing the “Gulliver Syndrome” (more small mammals than mid-sized and large mammals); this affects several ecosystem functions, services, and human well-being.

In this Special Issue, we aim to highlight papers that identify and quantify the magnitude of climate change and the main anthropogenic drivers of mammal biodiversity. We invite submissions of reviews and original research articles, covering a broad range of mammal biodiversity, with a focus on how climate change and anthropogenic activities affect mammals. We particularly welcome papers discussing the ecological consequences of the shift and the loss of mammal biodiversity, stimulating debate on how to revert the loss of mammals to restore biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services.

Dr. Ricardo Siqueira Bovendorp
Guest Editor

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  • defaunation
  • trophic cascade
  • ecosystem functioning
  • habitat loss
  • climate breakdown
  • mammals

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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