Habitat analogues for reconciliation ecology in urban and industrial environments

Lundholm, JT and Richardson, PJ . JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 47 (5): 966-975 OCT 2010

This article makes a case for considering restoration of urban and industrial sites with species from naturally-occuring analagous sites that may be far away, rather than looking for strictly historical or proximate sites for analagous species correlates. This way of thinking does not require an assumption that all human-changed sites are entirely novel, ecologically speaking. Many examples of harsh ecosystems that correlate to urban and industrial conditions are offered as examples, and these sites often support important threatened and endangered species. I found the article hugely encouraging in its offer of new ways of to think about environments that we tend to think of as needing entirely novel ecosystem modeling.

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