Dr Recep Efe received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Institute of Marine Sciences and Geography at Istanbul University. He has authored and edited 35 books on geography and ecology, and has published more than 125 papers in the fields of ecology, human-natural environment interactions, ecotourism, and biogeography. He has acted as editor and guest editor of journals such as Journal of Environmental Biology, Human Geographies, and Geographical Forum. His research projects cover the fields of ecology, ecosystem analysis, geomorphology, vegetation, biogeography, land degradation, land use, and ecotourism. Dr Münir Ozturk holds PhD and DSc degrees in Plant Ecology from Ege University, Turkey. He is the author of over 400 papers on ecological studies as well as biomonitoring in different habitats, and is a member of the editorial board, as well as a reviewer, for several academic journals. Dr Öztürk has worked at Münich Technical University, Germany, Tohoku University, Japan, and the University of Chapel Hill, USA; as a Consultant Fellow at the Faculty of Forestry, University Putra Malaysia; and as “Distinguished Visiting Scientist” at the ICCBS, Karachi University, Pakistan. He has published and edited over 35 books and has acted as guest editor for several journals.