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My main scientific interest is to understand the ecology of vegetation in river systems, to guide conservation and restoration plans. Currently studying riparian ecosystems in western U.S., with primary focus on management of invasive tamarisk.
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/riparian_ecosystem Testing the effectiveness of forest conservation and restoration plans is essential in a context of increasing pressure of human activities and limited economic resources for their implementation. Particularly, the Ecosystem Services (ES) framework provides a conceptual rationale to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental management approaches with a pragmatic view that considers both natural and human interests. ES evaluate the potential benefits that ecosystems provide to human welfare. In recent years, several efforts have conceptualized and categorized ES, which are generally classified into provisioning, regulating and cultural. Riparian forests provide a disproportionate amount of ecosystem services to society, considering their spatial extent. Unfortunately, ES of riparian forests have been mostly overlooked, as ES are usually quantified using an unsuitably large spatial grain for such narrow and linear landscape features. To inform the efficacy of riparian forest management approaches in maximizing human welfare, there is an urgent need to quantify the ES specifically provided by riparian forests and their components (e.g., by dominant vegetation type), independently of the matrix they occupy in the landscape. This Special Issue seeks to assemble papers that categorize, classify, describe, and quantify ES of riparian forests. We are interested in the ES provided by both the living component (biotic), discerning between vegetation types such as dominant vegetation, health status including proportion of native/non-native, etc. and by the physical environment (abiotic), such as the soil and the different fluvial landforms that riparian forests occupy. Dr. Eduardo González Dr. Vanesa Martínez Fernández Guest Editors