Non-perennial Stream and River Ecology

Published 04 August, 2023


Non-perennial rivers and streams, which account for over half of the worldwide hydrological drainage system, span all continents. Due to the effects of climate change and human activities, an increasing number of perennial rivers and streams are anticipated to transition into non-perennial ones. However, scholarly interest in understanding the functioning of these ecosystems and how their biota respond to these dynamics has only recently intensified, and it is still confined to certain regions.

Understanding the ecology is critical for monitoring, assessing, and preserving these aquatic systems at both local and regional scales. To that end, the special topic "Non-perennial Stream and River Ecology" will focus on how biota responds to non-perennial stream and river dynamics, and how anthropogenic interventions can affect this relationship. We aim to include papers from researchers across all continents, in order to present a comprehensive global perspective.

Topics covered:

  • Ecosystems of non-perennial rivers and stream
  • Climate changes and human interventions
  • Hydrological drainage research

Important deadlines

  • Submission deadline: 30th January 2025
  • Expected time to first decision: Four weeks after submission
  • Open access (OA) fee: Waived

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All submissions should be made via the online editorial system.  Papers that are accepted after undergoing peer review will be published open access with no fee payable by the author.

Guest editors:

Professor Bianca de Freitas Terra


Agricultural and Biological Sciences Center, Acaraú Valley State University, Sobral - CE, Brazil

Dr. Alisha Steward


Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Ana Filipa Filipe


Forest  Research  Centre, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Gordon Obrien


University of Mpumalanga, Siyabuswa, South Africa

Professor Kai Chen


State Key Laboratory of Marine Resource Utilization in the South China Sea, Hainan University, Haikou, China

Professor Robert M. Hughes


Amnis Opes Institute, Bend, OR, USA;

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

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