Call for papers - The role of plant facilitation in mediating climate change impact on biodiversity

Submitted by editor on 29 September 2022.

The role of plant facilitation in mediating climate change impact on biodiversity

Editors: Sonia Kéfi, L Cavieres, and CJ Lortie

Global change is a multifaceted, unprecedented crisis hitting the life support system of our planet. Among global changes, climate change is regarded as one of the most serious threats to biodiversity as it may have direct effects on species and ecosystems integrity as well as indirect consequences though synergistic effects with other global change factors such as biological invasions for instance. The challenges presented to either stop or mitigate this biodiversity crisis derived from climate change require novel synthesis and innovation in ecological and evolutionary theory. 

Positive species interactions within and between trophic levels can play a key role in the resilience of ecological communities. For instance, depending on the tolerance of benefactor species to different aspects of climate change, communities can be less or more tolerant/ resilient to those changes. This knowledge has important implications for both natural communities and agroecosystems. Further, our fundamental understanding of the role of positive interactions can also enable both effective conservation and restoration levers in space and time. Fundamental theory can support interventions and inform this global endeavor to provide solutions.

In this Special Issue, we invite contributions that explore the role of facilitative interactions on climate change effects on ecological systems. Submitted manuscripts can comprise a diversity of article types, research papers, Ignite, Forum. We value and encourage submissions by authors of all backgrounds, nationalities, identities and ages.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to the Special issue, send an abstract to sonia [dot] kefi [at] umontpellier [dot] fr and lcaviere [at] udec [dot] cl before Dec 1st, 2022. If your submission is approved, you are welcome to submit it to Oikos at before June 1, 2023. Articles will be reviewed following the normal procedures and will need to meet with Oikos quality criteria.  If you are interested in contributing within the mentioned time schedule, don’t hesitate to contact one of the Guest Editors for further details. 

Sonia Kéfi, L Cavieres, and CJ Lortie will lead and handle the special feature.

Sonia Kéfi

Dr. Sonia Kéfi is an ecologist at the CNRS, at the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM), France. She investigates, both empirically and theoretically, how species interactions affect the functioning and stability of ecosystems. Her research aims at identifying ecological mechanisms that confer resilience to ecosystems, i.e. the ability to recover after a perturbation. 


Lohen Cavieres

Dr. Cavieres is a plant ecologist and ecophysiologist at the Botany Department, University of Concepción interested in the importance of plant interaction in alpine habitats, their underlying mechanisms, their role in structuring communities and how they can be affected by global change drivers as invasive species and climate change. 


CJ Lortie


Professor Lortie is an integrative ecologist. Lortie and collaborators explore plant-animal interactions and community assembly processes. Community theory, net interactions, and open science are current research themes.