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Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration

ISBN 9781138922129
Published May 17, 2017 by Routledge
620 Pages 186 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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