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

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

by Vicky M. Temperton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559633743

ISBN-13: 9781559633741

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Island Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559633741
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
1.Introduction: Why Assembly Rules Are Important to the Field of Restoration Ecology1
Part I.Assembly Rules and the Search for a Conceptual Framework for Restoration Ecology9
2.Advances in Restoration Ecology: Insights from Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems10
3.The Search for Ecological Assembly Rules and Its Relevance to Restoration Ecology34
4.Assembly Models and the Practice of Restoration55
Part II.Ecological Filters as a Form of Assembly Rule71
5.Ecological Filters, Thresholds, and Gradients in Resistance to Ecosystem Reassembly72
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 Strcture115
Part III.Assembly Rules and Community Structure133
8.Self-Organization of Plankton Communities: A Test of Freshwater Restoration134
9.Functional Group Interaction Patterns Across Trophic Levels in a Regenerating and a Seminatural Grassland156
10.Structure, Dynamics, and Restoration of Plant Communities: Do Arbuscular Mycorrhizae Matter?189
11.Modeling of Plant Community Assembly in Relation to Deterministic and Stochastic Processes230
12.Application of Stable Nitrogen Isotopes to Investigate Food-Web Development in Regenerating Ecosystems245
Part IV.Assembly Rules in Severely Disturbed Environments265
13.The Roles of Seed Dispersal Ability and Seedling Salt Tolerance in Community Assembly of a Severely Degraded Site266
14.Order of Arrival and Availability of Safe Sites: An Example of Their Importance for Plant Community Assembly in Stressed Ecosystems285
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 Ecosystems325
Part V.Disturbance and Assembly341
17.Disturbance, Succession, and Community Assembly in Terrestrial Plant Communities342
18.Disturbance, Assembly Rules, and Benthic Communities in Running Waters: A Review and Some Implications for Restoration Projects367
19.How Structure Controls Assembly in the Hyporheic Zone of Rivers and Streams: Colmation as a Disturbance389
Synthesis409
20.Assembly Rules and Ecosystem Restoration: Where to from Here?410
About the Contributors423
Index429

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