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Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology

Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

 Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology
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Edited by Vicky M. Temperton, Richard J. Hobbs, Tim Nuttle, and Stefan Halle

464 pages | 6 x 9

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.


1. Introduction: Why Assembly Rules Are Important to the Field of Restoration Ecology

PART I. Assembly Rules and the Search for a Conceptual  Framework for Restoration Ecology2. Advances in Restoration Ecology: Insights from Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
3. The Search for Ecological Assembly Rules and Its  Relevance to Restoration Ecology
4. Assembly Models and the Practice of Restoration

PART II. Ecological Filters as a Form of Assembly Rule
5. Ecological Filters, Thresholds, and Gradients in Resistance  to Ecosystem Reassembly
6. The Dynamic Environmental Filter Model: How Do  Filtering Effects Change in Assembling Communities after  Disturbance?
7. Beyond Ecological Filters: Feedback Networks in the Assembly and Restoration of Community Structure

PART III. Assembly Rules and Community Structure8. Self-Organization of Plankton Communities: A Test of Freshwater Restoration
9. Functional Group Interaction Patterns Across Trophic Levels  in a Regenerating and a Seminatural Grassland
10. Structure, Dynamics, and Restoration of Plant Communities:  Do Arbuscular Mycorrhizae Matter?
11. Modeling of Plant Community Assembly in Relation to Deterministic and Stochastic Processes
12. Application of Stable Nitrogen Isotopes to Investigate FoodWeb Development in Regenerating Ecosystems

PART IV. Assembly Rules in Severely Disturbed Environment
13. The Roles of Seed Dispersal Ability and Seedling Salt Tolerance in Community Assembly of a Severely  Degraded Site
14. Order of Arrival and Availability of Safe Sites: An Example of Their Importance for Plant Community Assembly in  Stressed Ecosystems
15. Are Assembly Rules Apparent in the Regeneration of a  Former Uranium Mining Site?
16. The Role of Nutrients and the Importance of Function  in the Assembly of Ecosystems

PART V. Disturbance and Assembly17. Disturbance, Succession, and Community Assembly in Terrestrial Plant Communities
18. Disturbance, Assembly Rules, and Benthic Communities in Running Waters: A Review and Some Implications for Restoration Projects
19. How Structure Controls Assembly in the Hyporheic Zone of Rivers and Streams: Colmation as a Disturbance
20. Assembly Rules and Ecosystem Restoration:  Where to from Here?

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