British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Specialty Chief Editor
Biogeography and Macroecology
Biogeography and Macroecology
Spatial structure has long permeated thinking on the distribution of biodiversity across the planet. Systematic environmental variation over a range of scales in space and time was recognized by early natural historians, quickly leading to the concepts of global and regional diversity gradients. Even today, description and analysis of gradients in abiotic factors, and the integration of these with ecological, physiological and, increasingly, ‘omics’ disciplines, remain a fundamental element in the understanding of species and ecosystem responses to their environment and changes therein. It is now widely appreciated that different processes underlie the patterns that we can identify at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroecological, and that concepts of scale and spatial structure are central to most areas of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Understanding how biodiversity changes through time and space, and, concomitantly, the fundamental processes of dispersal, extinction, speciation and evolution, requires us to think in spatially explicit terms. Of particular and pressing concern to biogeographers and ecologists is the challenge of understanding how patterns in biodiversity may respond to the multiple aspects of challenges to the global ecosystem driven by humans.
The section Biogeography and Macroecology covers a wide geographic and taxonomic remit, giving center stage to advances in our understanding of patterns and controls of biodiversity across all spatial and temporal scales including, but by no means limited to:
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Biogeography and Macroecology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Systematic Review, Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Biogeography and Macroecology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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