Seven Nord employees contribute to new encyclopedia

Professor Mark Costello and other six Nord employees are heavily involved in a subject encyclopedia which is of great use to lecturers and students.

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Seven Nord employees, including four PhD students, have contributed to a total of 13 chapters in the first volume of the digital encyclopedia "Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation". 

The encyclopedia focuses on the earth's threatened species and ecosystems, caused by man's ever-increasing footprint. The encyclopedia provides basic knowledge about endangered species and ecosystems around the world and about what can be done to save and preserve them. 

The encyclopedia is intended for students and researchers at universities worldwide. 

Professor Mark Costello has written several of the articles and is also one of the editors. 

“I have together with nine of my previous PhD students previously published texts in similar online encyclopedia. They are a useful publication avenue for short reviews, such as the kind student write in the introduction to heir PhD thesis and material we prepare for our lectures or large scientific reports, but which may never get published in a scientific journal that seeks new research findings, he says. 

The chapters are immediately published online once accepted. 

“Although not open-access, authors can share the pdf with others by email and through their networks such as ResarchGate, and may use them royalty-free in teaching, says Costello. 

In contrast to chapters in printed books which become difficult to access over time, these digital chapters are more accessible. 

In total, around 200 chapters have been written and published in the three-volume encyclopedia. The work is regularly updated. 

Costello will be one of the three Editors-the sister volume “Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene” (2nd edition) from 2023. 

“Over the years, I have written many long dissertations and texts. I have also written books. They are gone now. This digital encyclopedia is new. And that gives us new opportunities. For example, several chapters arose from material I had to prepare for the 6th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)”. 

The chapters by Nord University authors (underlined) were: 

  • ​Biodiversity conservation through protected areas supports healthy ecosystems and resilience to climate change and other disturbances. Cost​ello MJ.
  • Climate change is not the biggest threat to freshwater biodiversity. Costello MJ.
  • Climate warming impacts on communities of marine species. Gordó-Vilaseca C, Lavin CP, Costello MJ. 
  • Endangered coastal elasmobranchs of the North-East Atlantic. Delaval A., Wagner C.I., Schwanck T., Wood F.R., Jones C.S., Hoarau G., Noble L.R. 
  • Flame-shell beds: a protected keystone biogenic bivalve habitat. Sloan, D., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R., Rabe, B. 
  • Global fisheries in a warming world. Lavin CP, Gordó-Vilaseca C, Costello MJ. 
  • Imperiled by climate change: global biodiversity rich-spots. Manes S, Grey, K-A, Debnath A, Costello MJ, Vale MM. 
  • Large arion slugs—conservation concerns of invasion, hybridization, and pest genesis. Williamson, M.A., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R. 
  • Restoring biodiversity and living with nature (based solutions). Costello MJ.
  • The need for protection of Mediterranean vermetid reefs. Gordó-Vilaseca C., Templado J., Coll M. 
  • Threats to marine species and habitats, and how banning seabed trawling supports the Global Biodiversity Framework. Costello MJ. 
  • Trophic cascades and Marine Reserves: dual indicators of fishery and climate change disruption in pelagic and benthic ecosystems. Costello MJ. Gordó-Vilaseca C, Coll M.​
  • Vulnerability of marine species to low oxygen. Shi Z, Assis J, Costello MJ.​​​


“Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation” is part of a three-volume set published by Elsevier.

The volume provides the reader with updates on man's expanding ecological footprint. With climate change, increase in the world's population, consumption habits and levels, and other man-made factors, almost half of the known species on Earth may soon be gone. The volume

• Provides coverage of the Earth's threatened species and ecosystems in one source, including recommendations for sustainability and conservation

• Includes global and regional applications, with emphasis​ on the integration of biology, geography and land use

• is presented in a reader-friendly manner. The volume provides you with scientific articles written in an easy-to-understand language with strong visual graphics

"Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation" was published in 2022.

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