Biodiversity and Ecology Research
The biodiversity, or number of different species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and insects, of our planet is so important. Each ecosystem is a complex network of organisms that interact with their physical environment. Human activity has been highly disruptive to the biodiversity of the planet, with scientists showing evidence that we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction event due to “accelerated modern human–induced species losses” (Ceballos, 2015). However, this reality does not have to stay so grim. Through research, intervention, and conservation, there are huge efforts underway to prevent species loss and combat global warming. Plus, it seems as if the younger generations, led by activists like Greta Thunberg, are sparking change in government policy and the culture. Additionally, only last year the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) reported some hopeful news that populations of tigers in India and Nepal, African elephants in Namibia, black rhinos, giant pandas, and mountain gorillas are in recovery!
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In this post, we’re highlighting research papers from Collections on ScienceOpen that cover biodiversity and ecology. These Collections range from researcher-led collections on very specialized topics to broad publisher collections that contain content from multiple journals. It is our vision that through our Collections infrastructure, important research will be more discoverable and therefore accelerate scientific communication so that fields, such as ecology, can progress faster.
Sustainable Development Goal Collections on Biodiversity and Conservation
At the heart of the United Nations’ ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These represent a call for action from both developed and developing countries in a global partnership to improve conditions for all humans and life on earth. Two of the goals, 14 and 15, are specifically dedicated to supporting conservation of life on land and in the oceans. ScienceOpen has several ongoing projects and collaborations to support SDG research. To read more on that topic, check out this blogpost. Below, we have listed four SDG Collections on the platform on SDG 14 and 15. Two were created with the University College London (UCL) to list all UCL-affiliated research on the SDGs and the others are from ScienceOpen’s own initiative to create community-curated research on the SDGs.
- Area-based conservation in the twenty-first century
- The Aichi Biodiversity Targets: achievements for marine conservation and priorities beyond 2020
- Sustainability of wild plant use in the Andean Community of South America
- People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years
- Bending the Curve of Global Freshwater Biodiversity Loss: An Emergency Recovery Plan
- Ocean acidification impacts on coastal ecosystem services due to habitat degradation
Journal and Publisher Collections on Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecology
- Read counts from environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding reflect fish abundance and biomass in drained ponds
- A new species group of Strumigenys (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Ecuador, with a description of its mandible morphology
- The first Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniomycetes) from an American millipede, discovered through social media
- Economic costs of invasive alien species across Europe
Marine Life Science & Technology journal provides a platform that introduces new discoveries and theories associated with marine organisms, bioresources, and biotechnology.
- Diversity, metabolism and cultivation of archaea in mangrove ecosystems
- Microorganisms from deep-sea hydrothermal vents
Entomologia Generalis is a quarterly, peer-reviewed international Journal of General and Applied Entomology published since 1968* by Schweizerbart. Its scope covers publications on experimental, comparative and descriptive problems of all ﬁelds of research on insects and other terrestrial arthropods.
- Highly diversified crop systems can promote the dispersal and foraging activity of the generalist predator Harmonia axyridis
- Elevated temperature decreases preferences of native herbivores to an invasive plant
Zoonoses is a new open access journal hosted on ScienceOpen that is publishing multi-disciplinary research or clinical topics in zoonosis, advancing the scientific knowledge of the epidemiology, etiology, biology, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of zoonotic diseases.
- Rapid Global Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) Variant: Spatiotemporal Variation and Public Health Impact
- Malaria-free Certification in China: Achievements and Lessons Learned from the National Malaria Elimination Programme
- Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonoses are Major and Global Challenges for Public Health
Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes that publishes six journals: Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology and the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology are subscription journals which offer a gold open access option, while Microbial Genomics and the new Access Microbiology are fully open access journals.
- The ecologist’s field guide to sequence-based identification of biodiversity
- Compatibility between agendas for improving human development and wildlife conservation outside protected areas: Insights from 20 years of data
Coming soon: The Journal of Ecological Society is set to join ScienceOpen’s platform with open access hosting and its full publishing workflow supported on ScienceOpen. For the last 27 years, the Journal of Ecological Society has endeavored to publish articles on environmental and social issues, interpreted from an ecological perspective. The Journal believes that sustainable development can only be achieved by coupling ecological conservation with social issues. Keep an eye on the ScienceOpen blog in the coming weeks for the official announcement and launch of the new Journal Collection.
Biodiversity research in Researcher-led Collections
Ecosystem services and territory by Diego Alexander Guarín Cifuentes Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. These benefits underpin almost every aspect of human well-being, including our food and water, security, health, and economy. This Super Collection comprises two collections: Ecosystems Services and Socioecological Systems.
- Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention
- Quantifying fisheries enhancement from coastal vegetated ecosystems
Ticks and tick-borne pathogens by Agustín Estrada Peña This collection is focused on the research of ticks and tick-transmitted pathogens. It aims to include papers on a wide variety of disciplines related to ticks and the pathogens they transmit, focused (but not limited) to morphology and systematics of ticks, ecology, reports of pathogens in both ticks and their hosts. A secondary aim is to provide global view of the effects of climate and land use changes on the pattern of distribution of these arthropods.
- Emerging Threats to Animals in the United Kingdom by Arthropod-Borne Diseases
- The Ecology of New Constituents of the Tick Virome and Their Relevance to Public Health
The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) by José R. Ferrer-Paris features the global framework for monitoring and documenting the status of ecosystems. The IUCN RLE was developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as part of the growing toolkit for biodiversity risk assessment.
- Long-term loss in extent and current protection of terrestrial ecosystem diversity in the temperate and tropical Americas
- Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic
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