This Special Issue of the journal Insects will broadly address studies on insects in mountain ecosystems across all relevant disciplines, and, in this context, submissions in the form of reviews and original basic or applied research are welcome.

Manuscript submission deadline is 31 December 2021.

The broad-scale features of mountain ecosystems are tied to the morphology of the relief because temperature variation with elevation is one of the main factors driving the adaptation of living organisms to mountain environments. Moreover the same elevation gradient at different latitudes and accompanied by local abiotic features, e.g., bedrock, soil, and climate, may trigger a particular set of evolution drivers, leading to the colonization of restricted mountain ranges by peculiar biota.

These and other features make mountains the ideal place to study altitude-for-latitude ecosystem variations, or even altitude-for-succession (i.e., time) gradients. Vegetation and soil layers are dominated by complex communities of invertebrates, even in the extreme environments of high altitudes, where the last chance of survival is given to species contracting their geographical range as a consequence of climate change.

Studies of mountain insects have focused on several subjects, including abundance relationships among species as well as zoogeography, phenotypic plasticity, man-made disturbance.

This Special Issue will broadly address studies on insects in mountain ecosystems across all relevant disciplines, and, in this context, submissions in the form of reviews and original basic or applied research are welcome.

Guest Editors

Dr. Roberto Pizzolotto
Department of Biologia, Ecologia, Scienze della Terra, Università della Calabria, Rende,87036, Italy
Interests: species diversity; alpine ecology; climate change; carabid beetles

Dr. Mauro Gobbi
MUSE - Science Museum, Trento, Italy
Interests: alpine insect ecology, beetles, climate changes, high altitude habitats, spatio-temporal patterns

Manuscript submission deadline 31 December 2021.

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Cover image by USAGI_POST.

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