About this Research Topic
Anchialine ecosystems have been regarded as natural laboratories, where environmental conditions are stable through time, however, recent studies have shown that some subterranean estuaries have recently been formed and stygobiont adaptation may have been relatively fast. Density stratification may furthermore, play an important role in the ecology and physiology of stygobiont communities and have a deep impact on biogeochemical processes within these habitats.
This Research Topic aims to integrate research that links changes in the environment to biogeochemical, ecological, or physiological processes occurring within anchialine ecosystems, which may induce a response in stygobionts.
We propose that this volume include original research articles, reviews, and theoretical articles about the relationships that exist between marine environmental changes and their effects on anchialine environments.
Addressing the following topics:
- Biochemical process in anchialine systems defined by external effects
- Physiological responses in anchialine organism, concerning external oceanological conditions
- Ecological process in anchialine environments concerning external marine conditions
- Resilience in anchialine environments according to anthropogenic pressures and change in marine conditions
Keywords: Marine Connections, Anchialine Ecosystems, Stygofauna, Ecology, Ecophysiology
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