Topic on tropical and sub-tropical streams: effects of anthropogenic disturbance on functional and taxonomic diversity

Published 28 October, 2021

We are seeking 10 manuscripts that demonstrate how human stressors and pressures alter functional or taxonomic diversity in macroinvertebrate, macrophyte, fish or algae assemblages - or biological processes such as respiration, photosynthesis, decomposition or production/respiration rates- in tropical or sub-tropical streams. In addition, each manuscript should discuss the management and policy implications, and feature recommendations for protection and rehabilitation of the streams.

Unlike a journal special issue, all papers will not appear in a single issue; instead, they may feature in separate issues throughout 2022. The papers will also be assembled into an online book in early 2023, accompanied by introductory and synthesis articles by the Editors.

We are particularly interested in papers that compare biological responses in tropical and sub-tropical streams with temperate or alpine and arctic streams – either within the study results or by citing appropriate literature.  

Our goal is to feature papers from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas, and to represent many types of tropical and sub-tropical streams (e.g., xeric, savanna, rain forest – view sample photos).

Please feel free to share your stream photos with our readers by sending them to the Editorial Office:, and we will update the photo album as we proceed with the topic. Please include a sentence indicating the ecoregion and nation where the photo was taken.

Important deadlines

  • Submission opens: 11 October 2021
  • Submission closes: 30 December 2022
  • Expected time to first decision: 4 weeks after submission

Submission instructions

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All submissions should be made via the online editorial system. If the manuscript is accepted, the article will be published open access with no fee payable by the author.

Guest editors

Professor Marcos Callisto


UFMG - The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil


Dr. Kai Chen


State Key Laboratory of Marine Resource Utilization in South China Sea,

Hainan University, Haikou Hainan 570228, China


Professor Leandro Juen


Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil


Dr. Paulo dos Santos Pompeu


Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), Brazil


Professor Bianca de Freitas Terra


Acaraú Valley State University, Brazil

Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation, Paraíba State University, Brazil


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