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Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier

Jelte van Andel (Editor), James Aronson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0918-8
340 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Aimed at Masters, and PhD students, teachers, researchers and natural resource managers, this book explores the interface between restoration ecology and ecological restoration.
  • Covers both the ecological concepts involved in restoration ecology and their practical applications.


  • Written by an excellent group of ecologists from centres across Europe with a strong reputation for restoration ecology.


  • Only textbook around aimed specifically at advanced undergraduate courses and postgraduate study programmes.
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    Contributors.

    Foreword by Rudy van Diggelen.

    Preface.

    PART 1: Intorduction to Restoration Ecology.

    1. Ecological Restoration as a Project for Global Society. (Jim A. Harris and Rudy van Diggelen).

    2. Concepts in Restoration Ecology. (Jelte van Andel and Ab P. Grootjans).

    PART 2: Ecological Foundations.

    3. Landscape: Spatial Interactions. (Rudy van Diggelen).

    4. Ecosystems: Trophic Interactions. (Jelte van Andel).

    5. Communities: Interspecific Interactions. (Jelte van Andel).

    6. Populations: Intraspecific Interactions. (Jelte van Andel).

    7. Populations: Re-introductions. (Sipke E. van Wieren).

    PART 3: Restoration Perspectives.

    8. Restoration of Dry Grasslands and Heathlands. (Jan P. Bakker and Rudy van Diggelen).

    9. Restoration of Mires and Wet Grasslands. (Ab P. Grootjans, Rudy van Diggelen and Jan P. Bakker).

    10. Restoration of Forests. (Anton Fischer and Holger Fischer).

    11. Restoration of Rivers and Floodplains. (Jenny Mant and Martin Janes).

    12. Restoration of Freshwater Lakes. (Ramesh D. Gulati and Ellen van Donk).

    13. Restoration of Intertidal Flats and Tidal Salt Marshes. (Jan P. Bakker and Theunis Piersma).

    14. Restoration of Mediterranean woodlands. (Ramón Vallejo, James Aronson, Juli G. Pausas and Jordi Cortina).

    15. Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems. (Bernhard Krautzer and Helmut Wittmann).

    PART 4: Challenges for the Future.

    16. Challenges for Ecological Theory. (James Aronson and Jelte van Andel).

    17. Challenges for the Practice of Ecological Restoration. ( James Aronson and Ramón Vallejo).

    References.

    Index.

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    Professor Dr Jelte van Andel is Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has long-term research experience in the mechanisms of vegetation succession and in reviewing the applicability of ecological concepts and theories. His editorial work covers the broad field of plant biology and ecology.


    Dr James Aronson is a member of the Restoration Ecology Group, Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CNRS, Montpellier, France. Since 2002 he has also been Editor of the Book Series, Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Island Press.

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    • Covers both the ecological concepts involved in restoration ecology and their practical applications.


    • Written by an excellent group of ecologists from centres in the Netherlands with a strong reputation for restoration ecology.


    • Only textbook around aimed specifically at advanced undergraduate courses and postgraduate study programmes.
    See More
    "Van Andel and Aronson … .Were quite successful in assembling an overview of restoration ecology and ecological restoration at large." (Phytocoenologia, August 2008)

    "Restoration Ecology will foster communication and synthesis between those who practice restorations and those who conduct ecological research, particularly in the battlefields of Europe. It is a valuable assessment of work at this exciting interface." (Tree)

    "Restoration ecology has been likened to battlefield medicine. Actions need to be taken even with imperfect scientific knowledge and practical knowledge develops separately from hard scientific research. Restoration Ecology will foster communication and synthesis between those who practice restoration and those who conduct ecological research, praticularly in the battlefields of Europe. It is a valuable assessment of work at this exciting interface." (Trends in Ecology and Evolution, December 2005)

    "I suspect that this volume will find its way onto the shelves of many restoration researchers and practitioners and will be used as a key text in graduate courses, where it will help fill a large void. My own copy is already heavily bookmarked, and will be a constant source of research ideas and lecture material." (Environmental Conservation)


    "Jelte van Andel and James Aronson do a splendid job of pulling together recent European work in this area in an organized and effective way. This book synthesizes current thinking in restoration ecology and provides an up-to-date source book which will be useful to restoration ecologists everywhere."
    –Richard Hobbs, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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