Call for Papers – Pulsed Resources Impacts on Biological Processes: From Genes to Ecosystems
This PeerJ Life and Environment Special Issue will explore the latest research into the impact of pulsed resources on biological processes within a range of environments around the World.
This special issue will represent a great opportunity to provide a more complete portrait of the interplays among the different interconnected components of essential ecosystems. – Dany Grant, Special Issue Editor
The dynamics of many ecosystems are characterized by pulsed resources, which create important environmental heterogeneity at multiple temporal and geographic scales. For example, synchronized but intermittent seed production, from the same or even different plant species, are referred to as masts. While being modulated by climatic influences, plant masting is thought to have evolved to increase fitness benefits to plant species by reducing seed predation pressures, increasing pollination and improving seed dispersal. However, primary consumers have also adapted to mast resources by expressing life-history traits allowing them to make the most of high food abundance, while coping with periods of relative food scarcity. From forest resilience to consumer population dynamics, plant masting generates fascinating ripple effects at multiple trophic levels.
Understanding adaptations to environmental change is increasingly important and compiling knowledge of pulsed ecosystems offers a great opportunity to tackle this question. – Patrick Bergeron, Special Issue Editor
This special issue is intended to document these important effects. In particular, we aim to cover a wide range of ecosystems around the globe, and to present multiple levels of interactions, from genes to entire ecosystems. In doing so we wish to provide a mix of theoretical and empirical studies focussing both on ecological and evolutionary perspectives.
“We encourage equity, diversity and inclusion principles in authorship and study systems included in this Special Issue. We hope this Special Issue will provide a better understanding of the dynamic interplay between plants and consumers to help forecast the effects of current environmental changes on ecosystems.”
To find out more and submit your abstract, please visit peerj.com/special-issues/113-pulsed-resources