About this Research Topic
This Research Topic, focusing on threats to biogenic reefs health due to largely widespread human activities, proposes a cross-cutting topic of interest to experts in reef biology and ecology, human impacts and marine pollution, microbiology, chemical and biological monitoring, sedimentology, oceanography, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, restoration and citizen science. Contributions can come from all over the world. Readership will include scientists, managers, conservationists and many other stakeholders.
We welcome contributions that address or explore:
· Documented biological and ecological responses of biogenic reef communities to widespread human impacts;
· Manipulative experiments simulating effects of ecological shifts due to disturbances commonly affecting biogenic reefs;
· Modelling approaches that can provide insights into future trends;
· Ecological investigations that provide new insights into mechanisms and processes that underlie resistance and resilience of biogenic reefs to both pulse and press disturbances;
· Studies on possible interactions between local human disturbances and climate change in biogenic reefs ecology and conservation;
· Conservation strategies being currently employed or future plans to manage and mitigate such effects (transboundary policies, reef restorations, etc.);
· Community-based monitoring and stakeholders involved in large scale ecosystem-based management of biogenic reefs.
Local studies will be considered only if they concern widespread human impacts and their results can be relevant or scaled-up to wide geographic areas.
Image courtesy of the “Portofino Divers” dive center.
Keywords: Bioconstruction, Human impact, Ecological disturbance, Environmental health assessment, Marine conservation
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.