Special Issue "Forest Succession: Natural and Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecological Change"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2023) | Viewed by 6826
Interests: long-term ecology; plant evolution; historical biogeography; tropical biodiversity; climate change; biotic responses; anthropization; climate-human interactions
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The increasing human impact of the last millennium and the acceleration of this anthropogenic incidence experienced during the last few centuries have changed the successional trajectories of many forest communities around the world. The study of forest succession before and after human inception may help to disentangle the effects of natural (climatic) and anthropogenic factors on forested ecosystems, which can be helpful in terms of anticipating future successional trajectories and informing forest conservation. This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of forest successional processes and their main external forcings under a wide spatiotemporal perspective. Biogeographically, all biomes are considered, from coasts to high elevations and from tropical to near-polar latitudes. Chronologically, any temporal scale is contemplated, from short-term ecological studies on living forests to millennial-scale paleoecological surveys using a variety of proxies (pollen, macrofossils, tree rings, stable isotopes, molecular biomarkers, etc.) for forest and environmental reconstruction. The main topic of the Special Issue is the influence of climatic and anthropogenic drivers, as well as potential feedbacks and synergies among them, on forest succession. Manuscripts should emphasize functional ecological aspects rather than simply describe forest successional stages.
Dr. Valentí Rull
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.
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- climate forcing
- human impact
- global change