Marine Ecosystem Ecology is devoted to key findings in marine ecology including all components of biodiversity (e.g. microbes, plankton, benthos, nekton, seabirds) at the molecular, species, habitat or ecosystem level, from the intertidal to the deep ocean.
Marine Ecosystem Ecology is devoted to key findings in marine ecology including all components of biodiversity (e.g. microbes, plankton, benthos, nekton, seabirds) at the molecular, species, habitat or ecosystem level, from the intertidal to the deep ocean. Biodiversity provides fundamental ecosystem services that are of paramount importance for human well-being and consider humans as part of the marine ecosystem. Hence, understanding the relationships between human activities and their various impacts on marine ecosystems are also relevant to the specialty section Marine Ecosystem Ecology. Publications related to changes in biodiversity and habitats, ecosystem functions and processes, ecosystem resilience and services, as well as socio-ecological systems are highly encouraged. Our aim is to foster research that integrates knowledge across different ecosystem components, linking physical, chemical and biological aspects. Assessments of the ecological and environmental status of estuaries, coasts and the open ocean will be covered using ecosystem-based approaches. After all, the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems, together with the sustainable use of the services they provide, are of fundamental importance to the maintenance of global ocean health. We welcome investigations at all levels of biodiversity including those that involve long-term monitoring to understand marine ecosystem functioning. To improve the management of marine systems, we also encourage species, habitat and ecosystem modelling studies that predict the effects of natural and anthropogenic influences (i.e. climatic change, human pressures, conservation measures, restoration, and recovery) on global marine ecosystems. Additionally, integrative assessments of ecosystem health are encouraged to submit manuscripts to Marine Ecosystem Ecology.