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Foundations of Restoration Ecology

  • Margaret A. Palmer
  • Joy B. Zedler
  • Donald A. Falk
  • Up-to-date, comprehensive second edition of a definitive text on restoration ecology theory

  • Unique book on restoration ecology with extensive examples of how theoretical concepts can be used in practical on-the-ground restoration contexts

  • Provides advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a strong theoretical foundation in the ecological science underlying restoration practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction to Restoration and Foundational Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margaret A. Palmer, Joy B. Zedler, Donald A. Falk
      Pages 3-26
    3. Katharine Suding, Erica Spotswood, Dylan Chapple, Erin Beller, Katherine Gross
      Pages 27-56
    4. Jean Paul Metzger, Pedro H. S. Brancalion
      Pages 90-120
  3. Ecological Theory and the Restoration of Populations and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Christopher M. Richards, Donald A. Falk, Arlee M. Montalvo
      Pages 123-152
    3. Sarah Kimball, Jennifer L. Funk, Darren R. Sandquist, James R. Ehleringer
      Pages 153-181
    4. Joyce Maschinski, Pedro F. Quintana-Ascencio
      Pages 182-215
    5. Carla M. D’Antonio, Elizabeth August-Schmidt, Barbara Fernandez-Going
      Pages 216-244
    6. Vicky M. Temperton, Annett Baasch, Philipp von Gillhaussen, Anita Kirmer
      Pages 245-270
    7. Daniel J. Larkin, Gregory L. Bruland, Joy B. Zedler
      Pages 271-300
    8. M. Jake Vander Zanden, Julian D. Olden, Claudio Gratton, Tyler D. Tunney
      Pages 301-329
  4. Ecosystem Processes and Restoration Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. David Moreno-Mateos, Margaret A. Palmer
      Pages 395-423
  5. The Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Craig A. Stockwell, Michael T. Kinnison, Andrew P. Hendry, Jill A. Hamilton
      Pages 427-454

About this book


The practice of ecological restoration, firmly grounded in the science of restoration ecology, provides governments, organizations, and landowners a means to halt degradation and restore function and resilience to ecosystems stressed by climate change and other pressures on the natural world. Foundational theory is a critical component of the underlying science, providing valuable insights into restoring ecological systems effectively and understanding why some efforts to restore systems can fail. In turn, on-the-ground restoration projects can help to guide and refine theory, advancing the field and providing new ideas and innovations for practical application.
This second edition63, 63, 0.85098); font-family: Verdana, "Verdana Ref", Corbel, "Lucida Grande", "Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Sans", "DejaVu Sans", "Bitstream Vera Sans", "Liberation Sans", sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> provides the latest emerging theories and ideas in the science of restoration ecology. Fully one-third longer than the first edition and comprehensive in scope, it has been dramatically updated to reflect new research. Included are new sections devoted to concepts critical to all restoration projects as well as restoration of specific ecosystem processes, including hydrology, nutrient dynamics, and carbon.  Also new to this edition are case studies that describe real-life restoration scenarios in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They highlight supporting theory for restoration application and other details important for assessing the degree of success of restoration projects in a variety of contexts. Lists at the end of each chapter summarize new theory introduced in that chapter and its practical application.

Written by acclaimed researchers in the field, this book provides practitioners as well as graduate and undergraduate students with a solid grounding in the newest advances in ecological science and theory.


ecological restoration ecological systems restoration application ecological science and theory Foundational theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret A. Palmer
    • 1
  • Joy B. Zedler
    • 2
  • Donald A. Falk
    • 3
  1. 1.National Socio Environmental Synthesis CenterAnnapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.University of Arizona School Natural Resources and EnvironmentTucsonUSA

About the editors

Margaret A. Palmer

Dr. Margaret Palmer joined the University of Maryland (UMD) in 1989 as an assistant professor in biology, where she is now a distinguished university professor. With a background in hydrology and ecology, Palmer has contributed to testing and extending fundamental theory in marine and stream ecosystems on the interactions between organisms, boundary layer flows and geomorphic processes. She is an international expert on the restoration of streams and rivers, and co-author of the book Foundations of Restoration Ecology. She has worked extensively on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem processes, the biogeochemistry of streams and wetlands, and organism dispersal in aquatic ecosystems.

Palmer is also known for her work at the interface of water science and policy, having served as a technical advisor and innovator to help build solution-focused teams that solve problems with social, legal, policy and scientific aspects. As the Director of SESYNC, Palmer oversees collaborative, cross-disciplinary research groups that work to identify data-driven solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems and ultimately inform decision makers.

Palmer is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also participated as a fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and the Lilly Fellows Program, and received the Award of Research Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science.

Joy B. Zedler

As Professor of Botany, I supervise MS students in our non-thesis track in Ecological Restoration, mentor student-research projects, and help co-authors publish their work. Through long involvement in field research, I have come to appreciate the need for more long-term studies. I am concluding an 11-year study of tussock sedge phenology near Madison. I continue the long-term tracking of a federally endangered halophyte (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus) that my research team reintroduced to San Diego Bay in 1990, but which was nearly re-extirpated in 2014, after 3 years of drought. I have several advisory roles concerning restoration of California coastal marshes, helping agencies and non-profit organizations recover and sustain ecosystem functions and biodiversity.  I am working with Drs. Margaret Palmer (U. Maryland) and Don Falk (U. Arizona) on the 2nd edition of Foundations of Restoration Ecology, which Island Press published in 2016.

Donald A. Falk

Dr. Donald A. Falk teached courses in wildland fire science, fire ecology, and restoration ecology, including ecological impacts of global change and management responses at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona.

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