1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration

Edited By Stuart K. Allison, Stephen D. Murphy Copyright 2017
    620 Pages 186 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    620 Pages 186 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ecological restoration is a rapidly evolving discipline that is engaged with developing both methodologies and strategies for repairing damaged and polluted ecosystems and environments. During the last decade the rapid pace of climate change coupled with continuing habitat destruction and the spread of non-native species to new habitats has forced restoration ecologists to re-evaluate their goals and the methods they use. This comprehensive handbook brings together an internationally respected group of established and rising experts in the field.

    The book begins with a description of current practices and the state of knowledge in particular areas of restoration, and then identifies new directions that will help the field achieve increasing levels of future success. Part I provides basic background about ecological and environmental restoration. Part II systematically reviews restoration in key ecosystem types located throughout the world. In Part III, management and policy issues are examined in detail, offering the first comprehensive treatment of policy relevance in the field, while Part IV looks to the future. Ultimately, good ecological restoration depends upon a combination of good science, policy, planning and outreach – all issues that are addressed in this unrivalled volume.

    1. Introduction

    Stephen D. Murphy and Stuart K. Allison

    Part 1: The Basis for Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century

    2. Considering the Future: Anticipating the Need for Ecological Restoration

    Young Choi

    3. The Principles of Restoration Ecology at Population Scales

    Stephen D. Murphy, Michael McTavish, and Heather Cray

    4. Landscape-scale Restoration Ecology

    Michael Perring

    5. Understanding Social Processes in Planning Ecological Restorations

    Stephen R. Edwards, Brock Blevins, Darwin Horning, and Andrew Spaeth

    6. The Role of History in Restoration Ecology

    Eric Higgs and Stephen Jackson

    7. Social Engagement in Ecological Restoration

    Susan Baker

    Part 2: Restoring Key Ecosystems

    8. Restoration and Ecosystem Management in the Boreal Forest: From Ecological Principles to Tactical Solutions

    Timo Kuuluvainen

    9. Restoration of Temperate Broadleaf Forests

    John Stanturf

    10. Temperate Grasslands

    Karel Prach, Peter Torok, and Jonathan Bakker

    11. Restoration of Temperate Savannas and Woodlands

    Brice Hanberry, John M. Kabrick, Peter W. Dunwiddie, Tibor Hartel, Theresa B. Jain, and Benjamin O. Knapp

    12. Restoring Desert Ecosystems

    Scott Abella

    13. Ecological Restoration in Mediterranean-type Shrublands and Woodlands

    Ladislav Mucina, Marcela A. Bustamante-Sánchez, Beatriz Duguy Pedra, Patricia Holmes, Todd Keeler-Wolf, Juan J. Armesto, Mark Dobrowolski, Mirijam Gaertner, Cecilia Smith-Ramírez, and Alberto Vilagrosa

    14. Alpine Habitat Conservation and Restoration in Tropical and Sub-tropical High Mountains

    Alton Byers

    15. Restoration of Rivers and Streams

    Benjamin Smith and Michael A. Chadwick

    16. Lake Restoration

    Erik Jeppesen, Martin Søndergaard, and Zhengwen Liu

    17. Restoration of Freshwater Wetlands

    Paul Keddy

    18. Saltmarshes

    David Burdick and Susan Adamowicz

    19. Oyster-generated Marine Habitats: Their Services, Enhancement, Restoration, and Monitoring

    Loren Coen and Austin Humphries

    20. Ecological Rehabilitation in Mangrove Systems: The Evolution of the Practice and the Need for Strategic Reform of Policy and Planning

    Ben Brown

    21. Tropical Savanna Restoration

    Jillianne Segura, Sean Bellairs, and Lindsey Hutley

    22. Restoration of Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands

    Gerhard Overbeck and Sandra Cristina Muller

    23. Tropical Forest Restoration

    David Lamb

    24. The Restoration of Coral Reefs

    Boze Hancock, Kemit Amon Lewis, and Eric Conklin

    25. Ecological Restoration in an Urban Context

    Jessica Hardesty Norris, Keith Bowers, and Stephen D. Murphy

    Part 3: Management and Policy Issues

    26. International Law and Policy on Restoration

    An Cliquet

    27. Governance and Restoration

    Stephanie Mansourian

    28. Restoration, Volunteers, and the Human Community

    Stephen Packard

    29. Building Social Capacity for Restoration Success

    Elizabeth Covelli Metcalf, Alexander L. Metcalf, and Jakki J. Mohr

    30. Ecological Restoration: A Growing Part of the Green Economy

    Keith Bowers and Jessica Hardesty Norris

    31. Restoration and Market-based Instruments

    Alex Baumber

    32. Profit Motives and Ecological Restoration: Opportunities in Bioenergy and Conservation Biomass

    Carol Williams

    Part 4: Ecological Restoration for the Future

    33. Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change

    Stuart K. Allison

    34. Invasive Species and Ecological Restoration

    Joan Dudney, Lauren Hallett, Erica Spotswood, and Katharine Suding

    35. Restoration and Resilience

    Libby Trevenen, Rachel Standish, Charles Price, and Richard Hobbs

    36. Ecological Restoration and Ecosystem Services

    Robin Chazdon and Jose Rey-Benayas

    37. The Economics of Restoration and the Restoration of Economics

    James Blignaut

    38. Better Together: The Importance of Collaboration between Researchers and Practitioners

    Robert Cabin

    39. Less than 140 Characters: Restorationists Use of Social Media

    Liam Heneghan and Oisin Heneghan


    Stuart K. Allison is the Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology and Conservation, and Director of the Green Oaks Field Study Center at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, USA. He is the author of Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change (Routledge, 2012).

    Stephen D. Murphy is Professor and Director of the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is the editor-in-chief of Restoration Ecology.

    "Allison and Murphy have done a great job in bringing together contributions from both leaders in the field and the next generation, and the geographic spread of authors is reflective of the global need for restoration... Excellent, and highly recommended for any library serving an ecological readership." - British Ecological Society Bulletin (December 2017)

    "... Allison and Murphy’s book is aimed at 'surveying current practice and identifying future opportunities and problems that will arise in our rapidly changing world.'

    The book delivers what it proposed to do. It is a substantial volume [...] and it is quite diverse in the topics. Thus, it gives a broad overview of the issues and approaches that are defining the current practice of ecological restoration. The list of topics is by no means exhaustive, but it is diverse enough to have something for everyone." - Carolina Murcia, Universidad Javeriana-Seccional Cali, Columbia and University of Florida, USA in Restoration Ecology (Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 600-601), May 2018