Foundations of Restoration Ecology

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Paperback - February 2017 - AU $69.99

Provides the latest emerging theories and ideas in the science of restoration ecology.

The practice of ecological restoration, firmly grounded in the science of restoration ecology, provides governments, organisations and landowners a means to halt degradation and restore function and resilience to ecosystems stressed by climate change and other pressures on the natural world. + Full description

This new edition of Foundations for Restoration Ecology provides the latest emerging theories and ideas in the science of restoration ecology. One-third longer than the first edition and comprehensive in scope, it has been dramatically updated to reflect new research. Also new to this edition are case studies that describe real-life restoration scenarios in North and South America, Europe, and Australia.

Written by acclaimed researchers in the field, this book provides practitioners as well as graduate and undergraduate students with a solid grounding in the newest advances in ecological science and theory.

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Paperback | February 2017 | $ 69.99
ISBN: 9781610916974 | 584 pages | 254 x 178 mm
Publisher: Island Press, USA


Book Guide

PART I. Introduction to Restoration and Foundational Concepts
Chapter 1. Ecological Theory and Restoration Ecology
Chapter 2. Ecological Dynamics and Ecological Restoration
Chapter 3. Biodiversity as a Goal and Driver of Restoration
Chapter 4. Landscape Ecology and Restoration Processes

PART II. Ecological Theory and the Restoration of Populations and Communities
Chapter 5. Population and Ecological Genetics in Restoration Ecology
Chapter 6. Ecophysiological Considerations for Restoration
Chapter 7. Implications of Populations and Metapopulation Theory for Restoration Science and Practice
Chapter 8. Invasive Species and Restoration Challenges
Chapter 9. Assembly Theory for Restoring Ecosystem Structure and Functioning: Timing is Everything?
Chapter 10. Heterogeneity Theory and Ecological Restoration
Chapter 11. Food Web Theory and Ecological Restoration

PART III. Ecosystem Processes and Restoration Ecology
Chapter 12. Nutrient Dynamics as Determinants and Outcomes of Restoration
Chapter 13. Recovery of Ecosystem Processes: Carbon and Energy Flows in Restored Wetlands, Grasslands and Forests
Chapter 14. Watershed Processes as Drivers for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

PART IV. The Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Restoration
Chapter 15. Evolutionary Restoration Ecology
Chapter 16. Macroecology and the Theory of Island Biogeography: Abundant Utility for Applications in Restoration Ecology
Chapter 17. The Influence of Climate Variability and Change on the Science and Practice of Restoration Ecology

PART V. Synthesis and Challenges
Chapter 18. Persistent and emerging themes in the linkage of theory to restoration practice

About the Editors
About the Contributors


Margaret A Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (US).

Joy B Zedler is the Aldo Leopold Professor of Restoration Ecology and Professor of Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Donald A Falk is Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, with joint appointments at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Institute of the Environment.