Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

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Understanding how ecosystems are assembled -- how the species that make up a particular biological community arrive in an area, survive, and interact with other species -- is key to successfully restoring degraded ecosystems. Yet little attention has been paid to the idea of assembly rules in ecological restoration, in both the scientific literature and in on-the-ground restoration efforts.

Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology, edited by Vicky M. Temperton, Richard J. Hobbs, Tim Nuttle, and Stefan Halle, addresses that shortcoming, offering an introduction, overview, and synthesis of the potential role of assembly rules theory in restoration ecology. It brings together information and ideas relating to ecosystem assembly in a restoration context, and includes material from a wide geographic range and a variety of perspectives.

Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology contributes new knowledge and ideas to the subjects of assembly rules and restoration ecology and represents an important summary of the current status of an emerging field. It combines theoretical and practical aspects of restoration, making it a vital compendium of information and ideas for restoration ecologists, professionals, and practitioners.

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Meet the Author

Vicky M. Temperton is plant ecologist at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.

Richard J. Hobbs is professor of environmental science at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

Tim Nuttle is research fellow at the Institute of Ecology, University of Jena.

Stefan Halle is head of the Institute of Ecology, University of Jena.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : why assembly rules are important to the field of restoration ecology 1
2 Advances in restoration ecology : insights from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems 10
3 The search for ecological assembly rules and its relevance to restoration ecology 34
4 Assembly models and the practice of restoration 55
5 Ecological filters, thresholds, and gradients in resistance to ecosystem reassembly 72
6 The dynamic environmental filter model : how do filtering effects change in assembling communities after disturbance? 96
7 Beyond ecological filters : feedback networks in the assembly and restoration of community structure 115
8 Self-organization of plankton communities : a test of freshwater restoration 134
9 Functional group interaction patterns across trophic levels in a regenerating and a seminatural grassland 156
10 Structure, dynamics, and restoration of plant communities : do arbuscular mycorrhizae matter? 189
11 Modelling of plant community assembly in relation to deterministic and stochastic processes 230
12 Application of stable nitrogen isotopes to investigate food-web development in regenerating ecosystems 245
13 The role of seed dispersal ability and seedling salt tolerance in community assembly of a severely degraded site 266
14 Order of arrival and availability of safe sites : an example of their importance for plant community assembly in stressed ecosystems 285
15 Are assembly rules apparent in the regeneration of a former uranium mining site? 305
16 The role of nutrients and the importance of function in the assembly of ecosystems 325
17 Disturbance, succession, and community assembly in terrestrial plant communities 342
18 Disturbance, assembly rules, and benthic communities in running waters : a review and some implications for restoration projects 367
19 How structure controls assembly in the hyporheic zone of rivers and streams : colmation as a disturbance 389
20 Assembly rules and ecosystem restoration : where to from here? 410
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