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Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, 2nd Edition

Jelte van Andel (Editor), James Aronson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3635-1
400 pages
May 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Enlarged, enhanced and internationalized edition of the first restoration ecology textbook to be published, with foreword by Dr. Steven Whisnant of Texas A&M University and Chair of the Society of Ecological Restoration.

Since 2006, when the first edition of this book appeared, major advances have taken place in restoration science and in the practice of ecological restoration. Both are now accepted as key components of the increasingly urgent search for sustainability at global, national, and community levels – hence the phrase 'New Frontier' in the title. While the first edition focused on ecosystems and landscapes in Europe, this new edition covers biomes and contexts all over the world. Several new chapters deal with broad issues such as biological invasions, climate change, and agricultural land abandonment as they relate to restoration science and ecological restoration. Case studies are included from Australia, North America, and the tropics.

This is an accessible textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate level students, and early career scientists. The book also provides a solid scientific background for managers, volunteers, and mid-career professionals involved in the practice of ecological restoration.

Review of the first edition:

"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)

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A companion website with downloadable figures is available at www.wiley.com/go/vanandel/restorationecology

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Contributors, ix

Foreword, xiii

Preface, xv

PART 1 SETTING THE SCENE, 1

1 Getting Started, 3
JELTE VAN ANDEL AND JAMES ARONSON

2 Unifying Concepts, 9
JELTE VAN ANDEL, AB P. GROOTJANS AND JAMES ARONSON

3 Environmental Management and Restoration in a Changing Climate, 23
RICHARD J. HOBBS

4 Planning and Implementing Successful Landscape-Scale Restoration, 30
DAVID J. TONGWAY AND JOHN A. LUDWIG

PART 2 ECOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS, 43

5 Landscape Ecology, 45
RUDY VAN DIGGELEN, RICHARD J. HOBBS AND LADISLAV MIKO

6 Ecology of Ecosystems and Biotic Communities, 59
JOHAN VAN DE KOPPEL, JELTE VAN ANDEL AND ARJEN BIERE

7 Populations: Ecology and Genetics, 73
ARJEN BIERE, JELTE VAN ANDEL AND JOHAN VAN DE KOPPEL

8 Reintroductions: Learning from Successes and Failures, 87
SIPKE E. VAN WIEREN

PART 3 EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS, BIOME BY BIOME, 101

9 Restoration of Tropical Forests, 103
KAREN D. HOLL

10 Restoration of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, 115
DAVID A. BAINBRIDGE

11 Restoration of Mediterranean-Type Woodlands and Shrublands, 130
V. RAMÓN VALLEJO, EDITH B. ALLEN, JAMES ARONSON, JULI G. PAUSAS, JORDI CORTINA AND JULIO R. GUTIÉRREZ

12 Restoration of Temperate Forests: An European Approach, 145
ANTON FISCHER AND HOLGER FISCHER

13 Restoring Temperate Forests: A North American Perspective, 161
DEAN APOSTOL AND AYN SHLISKY

14 Restoration of Dry Grasslands and Heathlands, 173
JAN P. BAKKER, RUDY VAN DIGGELEN, RENÉE M. BEKKER AND ROB H. MARRS

15 Restoration of Arctic–Alpine Ecosystems, 189
BERNHARD KRAUTZER, CHRISTIAN UHLIG AND HELMUT WITTMANN

16 Restoration of Mires, 203
AB P. GROOTJANS, RUDY VAN DIGGELEN, HANS JOOSTEN AND ALFONS J.P. SMOLDERS

17 Restoration of Rivers and Floodplains, 214
JENNY MANT, ANDREW B. GILL, MARTIN JANES AND DI HAMMOND

18 Restoration of Freshwater Lakes, 233
RAMESH D. GULATI, L. MIGUEL DIONISIO PIRES AND ELLEN VAN DONK

19 Restoration of Salt Marshes, 248
JAN P. BAKKER

PART 4 RESTORING TO THE FUTURE, 263

20 Biological Invasions, Resilience and Restoration, 265
MIRIJAM GAERTNER, PATRICIA M. HOLMES AND DAVID M. RICHARDSON

21 Shifting Baselines: Dynamics of Evolution and Community Change in a Changing World, 281
KATHARINE SUDING AND ELIZABETH LEGER

22 Restoration Ecology and the Path to Sustainability, 293
JAMES ARONSON AND JELTE VAN ANDEL

Glossary, 305

References, 315

Restoration Ecology Author Index, 360

Restoration Ecology Subject Index, 368

Colour plate pages fall between pp. 144 and 145.

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Dr Jelte van Andel is Professor of Plant Ecology, recently retired from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His interest in the fundamentals of plant population ecology and vegetation dynamics increasingly includes the applicability of concepts and theories to problems facing society, aiming at improving the communication between scientists and citizens.

Dr James Aronson is a researcher in restoration ecology at the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive (of the CNRS), in Montpellier, France and research associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA, where he helped found the Restoring Natural Capital Alliance. He is a representative-at-large of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

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“As well as being a useful text for university students, the book – particularly those chapters summarising recent thinking on ecological topics relevant to restoration ecology – will be valuable to those already in the field.”  (Ecological Management & Restoration, 22 January 2014)

“Not a ‘‘how-to’’ book, but a fine overview of many of the conceptual and interdisciplinary issues involved, and biome-specific overviews that are still European in emphasis, but now more global in scope.”  (Restoration Ecology, 1 July 2013)

“The text has now been enlarged, enhanced and updated, and the sub-title The New Frontier added to promote ecological restoration as the best bridge available to reconcile the opposing imperatives of nature conservation and economic development...All of these texts do an excellent job presenting the complexities of restoring nature, which brings together many disciplines and requires an understanding of the both ecological principles.  Their different approaches to the subject matter are complementary and will be a much used resource for academics and practitioners.”  (British Ecological Society Bulletin, 1 June 2013)

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