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Biodiversity and Aquatic Ecosystems Conservation in Global Large River Basins

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This is an article collection published in Ecological Processes.

Guest Editors

Dr. Yushun Chen, Professor, Institute of Hydrobiology/University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS, China
Dr. Michael A. Eggleton, Professor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, USA
Dr. Michael J. Moore, Assistant Professor/Assistant Unit Leader, Iowa State University/USGS Iowa Cooperative Research Unit, USA
Dr. Quinton Phelps, Assistant Professor, Missouri State University, USA

About the Collection

The aquatic fauna of large river systems have been cornerstones of multiple civilizations throughout human history. They remain critically important as a primary resource and an indicator of ecosystem function today. Unfortunately, almost all global large river systems are at risk from over-exploitation, pollution, large-scale development, navigation, dredging, climate change, and other threats. To help address threats in two internationally important river basins, the Mississippi-Yangtze River Inter-Basin Symposium (MYRIBS) and subsequent international partnership was started in 2013. Ecologists, biologists, managers, and policy makers from the United States and China gathered to encourage communication and exchange of scholarly discussion, with the goal of conserving important large river resources.

This special issue invites original manuscripts on conservation and management of the Yangtze and Mississippi River basins, but not excluding quality manuscripts of other large boatable rivers, lakes, and their tributaries throughout the world such as the Mekong, Columbia, Colorado, Danube, Murray-Darling, Volga, Ganges, Okavango, Nile, Congo, Amazon, Orinoco and more. Potential topics on biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems conservation based on ecological processes include, but are not limited to:

  • Fish ecology, diversity, and management
  • Mussel, crayfish, and other invertebrates conservation 
  • Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Tools and techniques for sampling rivers and lakes 
  • Multiple stressors and river and lake restoration success and failures
  • Watershed approaches to river and lake management
  • Ecosystem services of rivers and lakes

Submission deadline: 31 March 2024

Submission instructions: To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection please select the special issue title in the drop-down menu under the 'Additional Information' tab upon submission. In addition, indicate in your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the article collection on 'Biodiversity and Aquatic Ecosystems Conservation in Global Large River Basins'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

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Published articles in this collection

  1. The invasion success of introduced freshwater fishes is influenced by many factors, including ecological, species, and socioeconomic characteristics. Most studies that document the importance of these characte...

    Authors: Camille Bernery, Céline Bellard, Franck Courchamp, Sébastien Brosse and Boris Leroy
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2024 13:22
  2. Agriculture has greatly influenced water quality, habitats, and fish assemblages in streams of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP) ecoregion. However, MAP streams have historically been understudied compared ...

    Authors: Matthew L. Skoog, Michael A. Eggleton and Yushun Chen
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2024 13:16
  3. Restocking by introducing hatchery-reared fish into wild habitats aids in the restoration of fishery aquatic ecosystems and reefs to increase the abundance of fish resources, restore the ecological balance of ...

    Authors: Yahua Zhu, Tao Jiang, Xiubao Chen, Hongbo Liu, Quinton Phelps and Jian Yang
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2024 13:15
  4. Since the late 1990s, bigheaded carps (largely silver carp [Hypophthalmichthys molitrix] but also bighead carp [H. nobilis]) have established throughout the lower Mississippi River basin. Using previously studied...

    Authors: Michael A. Eggleton, Cody J. Salzmann, Joseph E. Kaiser and Shannon C. F. Smith
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2024 13:14
  5. Although phytoplankton are important primary producers in food webs, they are relatively less studied in large rivers compared to other types of systems. To fill this research gap, we studied phytoplankton tax...

    Authors: Wenqi Gao, Fangyuan Xiong, Ying Lu, Wei Xin, Haihua Wang, Gangpeng Feng, Chiping Kong, Lei Fang, Xiaoping Gao and Yushun Chen
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2024 13:11
  6. The provision of habitat for fishery species in estuaries is highly valued and represents one of the most challenging ecosystem service values to quantify. However, quantifying this value is challenging due to...

    Authors: Tingting Zhang, Nan Du, Zhi Geng, Sikai Wang, Yu Gao, Gang Yang, Xiaorong Huang, Tao Zhang, Ping Zhuang and Feng Zhao
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:59
  7. Deforestation is a widespread disturbance for neotropical freshwater ecosystems. While biodiversity declines have been associated with deforestation, its functional consequences for stream and river fish fauna...

    Authors: Isabel Cantera, Céline Jézéquel, Tony Dejean, Jérôme Murienne, Régis Vigouroux, Alice Valentini and Sébastien Brosse
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:52
  8. To rehabilitate the depleted fish resources of the Yangtze River Basin, China, a 10-year fishing ban has been implemented. This national initiative has attracted worldwide attention. The present study aimed to...

    Authors: Fei Liu, Zixin Wang, Zhijun Xia, Jianwei Wang and Huanzhang Liu
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:51
  9. Large-river decision-makers are charged with maintaining diverse ecosystem services through unprecedented social-ecological transformations as climate change and other global stressors intensify. The interconn...

    Authors: Nicole K. Ward, Abigail J. Lynch, Erik A. Beever, Joshua Booker, Kristen L. Bouska, Holly Embke, Jeffrey N. Houser, John F. Kocik, Joshua Kocik, David J. Lawrence, Mary Grace Lemon, Doug Limpinsel, Madeline R. Magee, Bryan M. Maitland, Owen McKenna, Andrew Meier…
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:48
  10. The application of index of biotic integrity (IBI) to evaluate river health can be an essential method for river ecosystem management. However, these types of methods were developed in small, low-order streams...

    Authors: Wenqi Gao, Fangyuan Xiong, Ying Lu, Xiao Qu, Wei Xin and Yushun Chen
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:41
  11. Although freshwater ecosystems cover less than 1% of the earth's surface, they support extremely high levels of biodiversity and provide vital ecosystem services. However, due to the introduction of non-native...

    Authors: Fangmin Shuai, Jie Li and Sovan Lek
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:22
  12. Habitat degradation and flow regime alterations are two of the most prominent and common impact factors to freshwater mussel populations. Knowledge of the correlation between freshwater mussel distribution, de...

    Authors: Chenchen Jia, Chenhuizi Wu, Xiaochen Huang, Chunhua Zhou, Shan Ouyang, Xiongjun Liu and Xiaoping Wu
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:15
  13. In the riverine riparian ecosystem, particularly in India, the knowledge of the effects of habitat disturbance on taxonomic distinctness, functional diversity, and local contribution to β diversity (LCBD) of s...

    Authors: Kritish De, Amar Paul Singh, Arkojyoti Sarkar, Kritika Singh, Manju Siliwal, Virendra Prasad Uniyal and Syed Ainul Hussain
    Citation: Ecological Processes 2023 12:13