About this Research Topic
The ‘Aquatic Habitat Conservation in South America’ Symposium occurred during the XXI Brazilian Society of Ichthyology Meeting. The proceedings were published as a special issue in the Journal of Fish Biology (vol. 89, Number 1, June 2016). In this special issue, authors provided an analytical overview of problems faced by the conservation of fishes and aquatic habitats of South America. Habitat loss emerged as the greatest concern for all South American aquatic ecosystems, with a long list of causes related to unsustainable development models.
Based on this finding, we would like to extend this topic to other continents, different climates, fauna and flora around the world. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of variables that influence flora and fauna distributions and shape their ecological interactions within aquatic ecosystems.
Thereby, this Research Topic aims to provide a discussion forum to better understand the factors that lead to the loss of aquatic habitats and its effect on aquatic communities and ecosystem functioning, as well as the efforts being made to promote restoration of these ecosystems.
All topics related to aquatic habitat (marine and freshwater) ecology and conservation are therefore welcome. Local studies, as well as national and international efforts, to preserve and restore the functionality of aquatic ecosystems are invited and can be presented in the form of current research methods and findings, review articles, opinion pieces or expanded case studies and pilot programs designed to better understand the best practices of aquatic ecosystems management and restoration.
Keywords: Ecology, Aquatic Conservation, Climate change, habitat loss, microplastics
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