As human extraction of resources grows and land uses change, ecosystem restoration is becoming a critical tool to both stem biodiversity loss and ensure flows of key ecosystem services into the future. However, the science of ecological restoration is relatively young. It has yet to fully take advantage of the potential for cross‐scale studies of restoration efforts to inform our understanding of ecosystem recovery, resilience, and functioning and to hone restoration decisions. Rigorous tests of restoration trajectories of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and cross‐scale investigations of strategies to maximize restoration outcomes, remain scarce.
This research will investigate the pattern and timing of recovery of both biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in ecosystems following large‐scale disturbances (agriculture, damming, eutrophication, hurricane/cyclones, invasive species, logging, oil spills, and overfishing). Expected outcomes of this project are:
- empirically‐derived guidance for restoration and conservation regarding the performance of various metrics of ecosystem recovery;
- a searchable online repository of the empirical studies that document ecosystem recovery; and
- a series of approximately three peer‐reviewed journal manuscripts reporting findings about the relationships among biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and ecosystem services in recovering ecosystems.
A significant portion of this project will be devoted to training graduate students and public outreach. We will use social media, blogs, and news articles to communicate our findings with the public using an existing platform dedicated to promote the implementation and improve accessibility of the science and practice of ecosystem restoration.
|Resource Title||Brief Summary|
|Recovery of Lakes and Coastal Marine Ecosystems from Eutrophication: A Global Meta-Analysis||
Oct 17, 2016
Article published in Limnology and Oceanography.
|Anthropogenic Ecosystem Disturbance and the Recovery Debt||
Jan 20, 2017
Article published in Nature Communications.
|A global review of past land use, climate, and active vs. passive restoration effects on forest recovery||
Feb 03, 2017
Article published in PLOS One.
|Will your paper be used in a meta-analysis? Make the reach of your research broader and longer lasting||
Mar 25, 2017
Article published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
|Restoration and repair of Earth's damaged ecosystems||
Feb 28, 2018
Article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.