SPECIAL ISSUE: "EXPLORING THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE ON CONTROVERSIAL AND TIMELY ECOLOGICAL QUESTIONS
The unsustainable exploitation of natural capital stocks poses serious questions about long-term human and ecosystems health. Over the past decades, there have been increasing research efforts to explore the interplay between humans and nature, focusing on the development of an ecosystem approach for studying human-environment interactions by means of a system-based and interdisciplinary approach to science.
Human and systems ecology play a key role in this regard, but also other biological disciplines can support the development of a full awareness about the interdependence of healthy ecosystems and human well-being. This transdisciplinary knowledge is important from a scientific viewpoint and it can also better support environmental policies and decision making.
Given this premise, the special issue will gather theoretical, methodological, and applied papers exploring the scientific literature on controversial and timely ecological questions. Apart from traditional ecological research areas, the special issue will also explore global and local environmental issues connected with other branches of biology, among which botany, zoology, and environmental physiology. Papers focusing on interdisciplinary tools and scientific domains (such as geomatics and ecological-economics) are also welcome.
Guest Editors: Elvira Buonocore, Salvatore Aricò, Gaetana Napolitano, Francesco Rendina, Umberto Grande, Pier Paolo Franzese
INTERNATIONAL Ph.D. PROGRAMME "ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT"