Freshwater Biology

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Edited By: David Dudgeon

Impact Factor: 2.738

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 13/102 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2427

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Latest Special Issue

Towards a predictive restoration ecology: a case study of the French Rhône River(June 2015)
Guest Editors: Nicolas Lamouroux , James A. Gore, Fabio Lepori and Bernhard Statzner

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Increasingly, ecologists and environmental managers are being challenged to restore ecosystems damaged by human actions. Effective restoration requires reliable models that quantitatively predict ecological changes as a function of restoration effort and meet the expectations of stakeholders. However, quantitative predictions about the effects of restoration on river biota have rarely been tested. The ambitious restoration project on the Rhône River in southern France started in 1999, and combined increases in minimum flow in four reaches bypassed by artificial channels (total length 47 km) with the dredging and/or reconnection of 24 floodplain channels. The special characteristics of the Rhône restoration project (large physical changes at multiple sites; large, diverse data sets analyzed by an interdisciplinary team; collaborating stakeholders) make it uniquely well suited to test quantitative ecological predictions.

This Special Issue contains 11 articles that cover a range of topics, including the physical habitats of the river and its floodplain, and how they were changed by restoration; tests of predictive models linking changes in habitat conditions to changes in abundances, community metrics and biological traits of macroinvertebrates and fish; general lessons from the Rhône project about how fish assemblages respond to multiple environmental changes over the long term; optimisation of monitoring strategies; social processes associated with restoration; and the effectiveness of bioassessment tools. The Issue shows that simple habitat models can be used to predict quantitative ecological changes as a function of restoration effort. The predictive approach and the lessons derived from the Rhône case study are general and could be applied to other rivers. This Special Issue will be a valuable resource to restoration engineers, river managers, geomorphologists and ecologists, and shows how science and quantitative modelling can be used to assess and guide river restoration.

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Plankton dynamicsClassic papers on plankton dynamics from Freshwater Biology

Plankton ecology is a core discipline of limnology and marine biology, encompassing all aspects of the interactions that determine the abundances and distribution of plankton organisms. Since plankton plays a central role in the functioning of open-water systems, and worldwide the environment is changing at an unprecedented rate, an interesting challenge lies ahead in assessing how seasonal plankton dynamics will alter in the light of global change. Accordingly, the latest virtual issue of Freshwater Biology brings together classic papers on plankton ecology published in the Journal since 2001.

Introducing the new Editor-in-Chief

DDFWBWiley is delighted to introduce Professor David Dudgeon as the new Editor-in-Chief on Freshwater Biology. David has recently taken on the role from the previous Chief Editors, Professor Alan Hildrew and Professor Colin Townsend, who retired at the end of July 2015.

David is Chair Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has been a dedicated Editorial Board member and reviewer for Freshwater Biology for many years and this, combined with his background and experience, means he is well-positioned to build on the successes of Freshwater Biology.

Wiley is also pleased to introduce three new Associate Editors to the Journal. Benoit Demars, Thomas Mehner and Alan Steinman have joined Dave Strayer, Richard Johnson and Roger Jones as Associate Editors on Freshwater Biology.

Wiley would like to thank Alan Hildrew and Colin Townsend for their dedication and commitment to Freshwater Biology. The Journal has gone from strength to strength under their editorship and it is now one of the leading journals in its field.

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