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

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Vicky M. Temperton, Richard J. Hobbs, Tim Nuttle, Stefan Halle
Island Press, Apr 10, 2013 - Nature - 464 pages
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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PART I Assembly Rules and the Search for a ConceptualFramework for Restoration Ecology
PART II Ecological Filters as a Form of Assembly Rule
PART III Assembly Rules and Community Structure
PART IV Assembly Rules in Severely Disturbed Environments
PART V Disturbance and Assembly
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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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