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Thematic Series: Avian Physiological Ecology

Edited by: Dongming Li, Jesse S. Krause, Shuping Zhang, Jinsong Liu
Manuscript submission deadline: 30 September 2021


Over recent decades, the field of avian physiology has flourished, which provided exceptional opportunities to explore the diversity of adaptive strategies of animal physiological ecology. As a group of endothermic vertebrates, birds (the class Aves) have a unique suite of adaptive traits for the powered flight that includes a complex respiratory system, higher metabolic rate, more effective antioxidant system, etc. Aves is one of the most prosperous amniotes (totaling over 10,000 species) in the world and can be found in all kinds of habitats from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Despite our substantial growth in knowledge, there are still many questions that have not yet been answered in the field of physiological ecology. Here, we are proposing a Thematic Series on physiological ecology, which is part of a larger Thematic Series in the journal of Avian Research. This thematic series will focus on how free-living birds have undergone adaptive changes in their physiology in response to selective pressures imposed by their environment to maximize fitness. We welcome any innovative research articles or updated reviews on aspects of physiological ecology. The coverage includes, but is not limited to, the following research topics: environmental neuroendocrinology, metabolism and thermal biology, comparative physiological ecology, etc.

We appeal to all researchers interested in such a Thematic Series to submit a manuscript. Submitted papers should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere and will be subject to normal peer review and editorial revision. Publication in Avian Research is free of page charges, and the ultimate publication will be open access, which means that there is no need to wait until all manuscripts have been accepted.

Submit your manuscripts

In the submission system, please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the “additional information” tab. Please also indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the “Avian Physiological Ecology” Thematic Series. Submissions are invited until 30 September 2021. For further information, please contact the Managing Editor.

Articles in the series will be available on this collection page upon online.