Special Issue "Ecological Specialism, Rarity, and Conservation of Forest Biodiversity"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 178

Special Issue Editor

Ontario Forest Research Institute, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Interests: biodiversity; biogeography; ecological scaling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The biodiversity crisis is intensifying our need to better understand the relationship between rarity and niche breadth in forest flora.  Biodiversity loss and extinctions disproportionately impact rare and specialized species.  Specialized species fill narrow niches, which are naturally expected to be less common but can also potentially limit resistance and resilience to rapidly changing environmental conditions, such as those impacted by climate and land use changes. Both rarity and specialization are defined and measured in a variety of ways, providing flexibility in research albeit causing confusion for those seeking to synthesize results.

We invite submissions that address the following topics:

- New evaluations of the relationships between ecological specialization, rarity, and biodiversity conservation;

- New insights into how the conservation and management of forests can promote specialized or rare species;

- New research investigating the effects of current and emerging forest management themes, such as restoration and rewilding, carbon storage and sequestration, or ecological forestry, on specialist and rare species or communities;

- Novel approaches or methodological advances in measuring ecological specialization, rarity, or densities;

- Studies at any spatiotemporal scale, utilizing empirical, observational, or modelling approaches, and in any forest ecosystem.

Dr. Stephen Mayor
Guest Editor

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. Forests 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 2600 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.


  • niche breadth
  • specialization
  • generalist
  • biodiversity conservation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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