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Models of Human Interventions in Natural Resource Management

Call for Papers

Many disciplines are involved in the exploitation or conservation of biotic resources, all of which benefit from applying mathematical modelling to understand the effects of human interventions. Agriculturalists optimise crop yields by minimising losses to pests, weeds, and diseases and during storage. Foresters need to ensure that their yields are sustainable, as do managers of fisheries. Conservationists manipulate habitats or control invasive species to aid the survival of threatened species, habitats, or ecosystems and medical practitioners adjust drug regimens according to disease responses. In pest control, in addition to pesticide applications, biological control may be used when a predator, parasitoid, or microorganism is introduced to attack the pest. New models have recently been developed to simulate such integrated pest management when a suite of tactics are applied. Such interventions are often enacted at discrete intervals and making decisions on when and how often each of them should occur is increasingly being investigated with impulsive models.

We invite investigators to contribute original research or review articles on the dynamics of managed biotic resources leading to improved efficiency of harvesting, spraying, releasing natural enemies, or other such human interventions in natural resource management, including the evaluation of outcomes and followup.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Optimal integrated pest management strategies
  • Prevention of human and plant diseases with biological control or drug agents
  • Planning optimal harvesting of forestry and fishery resources
  • Recent advances in modelling with state-dependent feedback control
  • Application of sliding mode or Filippov systems approaches to natural resource management
  • Strategies in managing habitats or ecosystems for conservation
  • Recent advances in modelling culling strategies for sustainable management of wildlife resources
  • Population viability analysis models for conservation of rare animals or plants
  • Evaluation of sustainable harvesting strategies or invasive species control methods
  • A review of system isomorphisms and the generality of models addressing diverse subjects

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/aaa/mohu/.

Manuscript DueFriday, 28 November 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 20 February 2015
Publication DateFriday, 17 April 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Sanyi Tang, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China
  • Yanni Xiao, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China
  • Dashun Xu, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA