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Arthropod Interactions and Responses to Disturbance in a Changing World

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The long-term fate of arthropod species in the face of the multitude of disturbances caused by anthropogenic global change is unknown; some species seem able to adapt to new conditions while many others cannot. Insects and closely related arthropods (e.g. spiders) are the most diverse groups of animal species ...

The long-term fate of arthropod species in the face of the multitude of disturbances caused by anthropogenic global change is unknown; some species seem able to adapt to new conditions while many others cannot. Insects and closely related arthropods (e.g. spiders) are the most diverse groups of animal species on Earth and play an essential role in primary productivity, decomposition, and nutrient cycling in a wide range of ecosystems. Therefore, changes in arthropod communities not only affect biodiversity, but also ecosystem function.

Our Research Topic will cover a vast range of challenges faced by arthropods today including disturbances from climate change, fire, nutrient pollution, sound pollution and many others. Research articles, reviews and/or opinion articles will focus on how arthropod responses to disturbance affect populations, species interactions and community diversity.

This Research Topic will advance our understanding of how arthropods respond to anthropogenic disturbance. We will invite authors to ask whether species characteristics, such as life cycle, phylogeny, trophic group, and many others, affect resilience to anthropogenic change. We highlight the research of scientists across a variety of ranks, from graduate students to postdocs to assistant, associate and full professors.

We solicit original contributions from authors that are research articles, reviews or opinion pieces. Articles should be closely related to our theme of how arthropods respond to human-caused disturbances or global change. The range of disturbances that we are interested in is wide, including, but not limited to: fire, sound pollution, light pollution, nutrient pollution, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation, habitat loss, edge effects, global warming, climate change, invasive species, ecological and evolutionary traps, and changes in disease dynamics via vector biology.


Keywords: Global Change, Disturbance, Insects, Population and Community Dynamics, Behavior


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01 March 2019 Manuscript
30 April 2019 Manuscript Extension

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30 April 2019 Manuscript Extension

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