Marine Ecosystem Ecology
is a specialty section of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution and Frontiers in Marine Science.
Marine Ecosystem Ecology is devoted to key findings in marine ecology including all components of biodiversity (e.g. microbes, plankton, benthos, nekton, seabirds) at the molecular, species, habitat or ecosystem level, from the intertidal to the deep ocean. Biodiversity provides fundamental ecosystem services that are of paramount importance for human well-being and consider humans as part of the marine ecosystem. Hence, understanding the relationships between human activities and their various impacts on marine ecosystems are also relevant to the specialty section Marine Ecosystem Ecology. Publications related to changes in biodiversity and habitats, ecosystem functions and processes, ecosystem resilience and services, as well as socio-ecological systems are highly encouraged.
Our aim is to foster research that integrates knowledge across different ecosystem components, linking physical, chemical and biological aspects. Assessments of the ecological and environmental status of estuaries, coasts and the open ocean will be covered using ecosystem-based approaches. After all, the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems, together with the sustainable use of the services they provide, are of fundamental importance to the maintenance of global ocean health.
We welcome investigations at all levels of biodiversity including those that involve long-term monitoring to understand marine ecosystem functioning. To improve the management of marine systems, we also encourage species, habitat and ecosystem modelling studies that predict the effects of natural and anthropogenic influences (i.e. climatic change, human pressures, conservation measures, restoration, and recovery) on global marine ecosystems. Additionally, integrative assessments of ecosystem health are encouraged to submit manuscripts to Marine Ecosystem Ecology.
Marine Ecosystem Ecology
welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles
: Book Review, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Marine Ecosystem Ecology
, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Marine Ecosystem Ecology
will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system
after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review
- a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering
". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Ecology and Evolution and Marine Science.