Special Issue "From Consumers to Ecosystems: Nutrient Cycling in a Changing Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 August 2023) | Viewed by 121

Special Issue Editor

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University, 30-387 Kraków, Poland
Interests: ecological stoichiometry; biogeochemistry; ecosystem ecology; food webs; trophic interactions; food chain; nutrient cycling; nutritional ecology; plant-insect interactions; life history; bee; wild bees; xylophages, saproxylophages; fungi
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organisms in an ecosystem interact with each other and with the abiotic world to grow, develop, produce progeny, and maximize fitness. Within this context, every organism is a component of the biogeochemical system of Earth and can be considered a small cog in a large wheel, in which atoms flow from one sink to another in a never-ending circuit. Therefore, we can treat organisms as entities deeply embedded within environments, understanding them as a set of energy-driven chemical elements that are alive, need to optimize their own fitness, and additionally move and shape the environment. This approach makes it possible to add a consumer context to the study of nutrient cycling in trophic networks and ecosystems. Considering nutrient cycling as a consumer-driven process allows a better understanding of the mechanisms behind nutrient cycling. This, in turn, allows us to better understand and predict how environmental changes affect the organisms that make up the various nutrient cycle pathways and how to mitigate the negative consequences of these changes. Here, ionomics and ecological stoichiometry come into play. Therefore, this Special Issue will accept research involving ionomics and ecological stoichiometry and covering any level of organization, from cells to ecosystems. Publications that synergistically combine different approaches are especially welcome. We welcome submissions of papers exploring the mechanisms of nutrient cycling within and between ecosystems in the context of optimizing the fitness of consumers or improving our understanding of how ecosystem services are nutritionally stimulated by available nutritional/stoichiometric niches for consumers.

Dr. Michał Filipiak
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.


  • ionomics
  • ecological stoichiometry
  • ecological interactions
  • food web
  • food chain
  • nutrient cycles
  • global change
  • biogeochemistry
  • conservation
  • environment

Published Papers

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