Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier

ISBN 13: 9780632058341

Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier

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Aimed at Masters, and PhD students, teachers, researchers and natural resource managers, this book explores the interface between restoration ecology and ecological restoration.

  • Covers both the ecological concepts involved in restoration ecology and their practical applications.


  • Written by an excellent group of ecologists from centres across Europe with a strong reputation for restoration ecology.


  • Only textbook around aimed specifically at advanced undergraduate courses and postgraduate study programmes.

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Restoration Ecology explores the interface between restoration ecology and ecological restoration. It aims at introducing Masters and PhD students, teachers, researchers and natural-resource managers to interactions between theory and practice. This book challenges ecologists to explore the applicability of current theories and concepts, recognizing that these have not been developed with such applications in mind. The academic foundations of restoration ecology are revisited for this purpose, to pave the way towards a review of the causes of successes and failures and to identify the perspectives of ecological restoration in different ecosystem types. These are dealt with biome-by-biome and considered from the historical perspective of land use. The final section addresses problems of ecological restoration in a societal context - ecological restoration is meant to achieve sustainable, resilient and interconnected ecosystems and socioecological systems. This will result in newly emerging ecosystems.

About the Author:

Professor Dr Jelte van Andel is Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has long-term research experience in the mechanisms of vegetation succession and in reviewing the applicability of ecological concepts and theories. His editorial work covers the broad field of plant biology and ecology.


Dr James Aronson is a member of the Restoration Ecology Group, Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CNRS, Montpellier, France. Since 2002 he has also been Editor of the Book Series, Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Island Press.

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