Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession / Edition 1

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Natural and human-created ecosystems provide the goods and services necessary for our well-being and economy. Yet over the past century exploitation of the planet's natural resources has reached alarming levels. The need to restore many degraded areas has become urgent, but how is this best achieved? Many attempts fail because restoration programs ignore much of the scientific knowledge available about ecological succession and how communities assemble. While studies of ecological restoration and ecological succession have been published independently, there is much potential synergy between these approaches that has not been adequately explored. Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession integrates practical information from restoration projects around the world with the latest developments in successional theory.

This innovative book recognizes the critical roles of disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, ecological assembly, invasion biology, ecosystem health, and historical ecology in ecosystem restoration and argues that restoration within a successional context will best utilize the lessons from each of these disciplines. To successfully restore an ecosystem that needs minimal care, the temporal dynamics of successional processes must be considered. By re-examining restoration in the light of succession, the authors hope to encourage the development of new approaches to the practice of restoration supported by solid ecological principles.

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"Linking restoration and ecological succession successfully convinces the reader that the concepts and theories of succession should be considered in restoration science and during the planning and implementation of restoration projects. … Overall, the book is a nice contribution to restoration sciences. … I would consider this text relevant to all restoration practitioners and restoration scientists should have a copy of the book sitting on the shelf for reference." (Randy Kolka, Ecology, Vol. 89 (3), 2008)

"The present book tries to examine the ties between theory and practice of succession and restoration in more depth. The book is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter starts with three to four key points summarizing its objectives. … I would highly recommend this book for introductory reading on the subject. … provide good input papers into seminars on Ecological Restoration at the Masters and Ph.D. level." (Gerhard Wiegleb, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 9, 2008)

“It provides excellent and personal views on restoration and succession from twenty expert authors from all over the world. The book was a valuable opportunity to compare individual approaches in a limited space. … Beginners or readers not familiar with restoration or succession will of course receive a short introduction to succession and restoration background, and their history and common concepts.” (Jan Pergl, Folia Geobotanica, Vol. 44, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387353029
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Series: Springer Series on Environmental Management
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Lawrence R. Walker is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

Dr. Joe Walker is Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, Australia.

Dr. Richard J. Hobbs is Professor of Environmental Science at the School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface     v
Contributing Authors     ix
Forging a New Alliance Between Succession and Restoration   Lawrence R. Walker   Joe Walker   Roger del Moral     1
Insights Gained from Succession for the Restoration of Landscape Structure and Function   Roger del Moral   Lawrence R. Walker   Jan P. Bakker     19
Aboveground-Belowground Linkages, Ecosystem Development, and Ecosystem Restoration   David A. Wardle   Duane A. Peltzer     45
Retrogressive Succession and Restoration on Old Landscapes   Joe Walker   Paul Reddell     69
Succession and Restoration of Drained Fens: Perspectives from Northwestern Europe   Joachim Schrautzer   Andreas Rinker   Kai Jensen   Felix Muller   Peter Schwartze   Klaus Dierben     90
Manipulation of Succession   Karel Prach   Rob Marrs   Petr Pysek   Rudy van Diggelen     121
Restoration as a Process of Assembly and Succession Mediated by Disturbance   Richard J. Hobbs   Anke Jentsch   Vicky M. Temperton     150
Integrating Restoration and Succession   Richard J. Hobbs   Lawrence R. Walker   Joe Walker     168
Glossary     181
Index     187
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