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Defaunation, functional extinctions and socio-ecological consequences

Guest Editors: Edward Narayan (The University of Queensland), Craig Morley (Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology), Fernando Ribeiro Gomes (University of São Paulo) and Gramapurohit Narahari Prabhakar (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

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The creation of ecological imbalance caused by rapid human expansion and infrastructure development has had a severe impact on global biodiversity. Wildlife has plummeted in the Anthropocene primarily due to deforestation and trade, which ultimately threatens the integrity of life as we know it. This massive shift in our global ecosystem creates dysfunctional ecological niches that brings negative changes and impacts both animal and human health, possibly leading to a catastrophic anthropomorphic-driven collapse. 

Ecological resilience and response of wildlife to evolutionary adaptation is influenced by past, present and future environmental and demographic change but this has been rapidly overtaken through the need to extract energy, and to clothe and feed humans. To reduce the expansion of humans, modern agriculture and, mega infrastructure development we need solutions that require a multifaceted approach through the integration of science (both modern and indigenous) with appropriate policy development and support. We also need long-term ecological data and knowledge sharing without limits or boundaries. 

Thus, we invite researchers especially those working diverse rich diverse habitats on continents, islands and unique landscapes, including rare, endangered and iconic wildlife species, as well those working on invasive species to contribute. The aim of this special issue is to generate hard-hitting objective discussion on the present and future state of the Earth in the Anthropocene where human actions have paved way to the likely or already occurring defaunation, functional extinction and social-ecological consequences. Review papers, primary research papers and research that provide a Covid-19 and global pandemic dimension added to this topic are also welcome.

Please email Alison Cuff, the inhouse editor for BMC Zoology, ( if you would like more information before you submit.

The deadline for submissions is June 1st 2021.

To submit an article for consideration, please click here.

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