Ecological Theory and Community Restoration Ecology

Palmer, M.A., R.F. Ambrose, and N.L. Poff. 1997. Ecological Theory and Community Restoration Ecology. Restoration Ecology 5(4):291-300
It is easy to see the connection between the papers we read this week to the ideas that sprouted in this article, however it is yet another review paper, but at least it is a seminal one:
Palmer et al. (1997) pose numerous questions specifically pointing out areas where further research is need. They begin by addressing the intersection between community ecological theory and restoration ecology, then turn to posing questions about identifying appropriate endpoints and whether targeting specific species versus species diversity provides more resilience and stability. Specifically they review the importance of trophic interactions, community-level variability in space and time, and functional diversity.
The portion of this paper I found most interesting was their discussion of the need for restoration projects to incorporate dispersal corridors, and viewing projects as patches that may be part of a metapopulation structure. I would have liked them to dig deeper into landscape context; specifically they did not mention the influence of the penetrability of the landscape matrix that surrounds the corridors.

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