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- 9 November 2016
The full introduction to this Virtual Issue can be downloaded here.
- 1 August 2016
- 1 May 2016
- 1 March 2016
This virtual issue Demography Behind the Population highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the field as well as providing added context for the publication of our recently published cross-journal Special Feature Demography Beyond the Population showcasing the latest in demography research and linking several disciplines and scales across ecology and evolution. This Special Feature is first time that the BES journals have collaborated in this unique way. You can read the lay summaries for Functional Ecology's contribution to the special feature here.
On Tuesday 1 March at 1pm GMT we are hosting a live webinar in association with the Special Feature. It is free to register for the webinar via the BES website. The webinar will also be available online to watch afterwards as well.
- 25 October 2015
- 22 March 2015
- 28 March 2017
- 27 March 2017
- 1 November 2016
- 15 January 2016
To accompany this Virtual Issue you can find a series of related blog posts on the Applied Ecologist’s blog.
- 16 June 2016
- 15 April 2016
- 14 August 2015
Over the last several decades, the critical role that ecosystem restoration plays in mitigating environmental change, increasing food security, and improving political and economic stability has been cemented in numerous national and international agreements, policies, and programs. Meeting this global restoration need, however, is widely viewed as one of the most long-standing and immense challenges of our time. The research, practice and outcomes of ecological restoration have long been viewed as salient tests of our understanding of how ecological systems work. While our understanding of how ecological communities assemble, function and respond to perturbations has gradually progressed over the last several decades, in many cases this increased knowledge has not been readily incorporated into restoration practices or resulted in improved restoration outcomes.
The barriers that prevent new ecological knowledge from being adopted into new practices that improve restoration outcomes are numerous and complex. The Journal of Applied Ecology has had a long history of publishing leading ideas that address these barriers. In recognition of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s 2015 World Conference and in support of shared goals that ultimately aim to slow and reverse ecosystem degradation across the globe, the Journal of Applied Ecology has compiled a Virtual Issue on 20 key papers, published in the journal over the last three years, specifically aimed at improving our ability to predict and manage restoration outcomes and overcome adoption barriers to ecosystem restoration.
Broadly, this Virtual Issue is organized in four themes. The first theme, “Testing and advancing ecological theory to improve restoration outcomes” centres on the long standing effort to use restoration challenges as opportunities to test and improve our understanding of ecology and translate basic ecological understanding into applied practices that solve critical issues. The second theme, “Integrating knowledge into practice”, explores pathways to overcome multiple barriers that constrain application of existing and new information including how information is accessed and where knowledge is derived, how managers and researchers can jointly identify key knowledge gaps, and how managers and researchers can cooperatively work towards understanding how to most effectively put new knowledge into practice. The last two themes examine specific opportunities to optimize how restoration knowledge is put into practice including use of limited restoration resources and improving understanding of restoration cost and benefits. Specifically, theme three, “Prioritizing management efforts”, examines how to optimize the spatial and temporal allocation of restoration resources and how uncertainty can be addressed in the management decision making process while, theme four, “Effects of restoration on ecosystem services”, explores recovery of market and non-market ecosystem services following restoration, how net benefits can be quantified, as well as how potential trade-offs between services should be considered.
The papers organized under this Virtual Issue reflect only a small portion of the vigorous work pursued by researchers, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders over the last several years and only touch on the enormous work ahead if we are to reach even a fraction of our restoration goals over the coming decades. The key concepts highlighted in the themes of this Virtual Issue, however, can give us great hope that partnerships between scientists and practitioners are increasingly improving knowledge exploration in this field and making major headway in overcoming restoration barriers. Some specific indicators include the greater focus and institutional value of measuring applied impact of ecological work and clearer recognition of how qualitative information and tacit knowledge, often derived from site specific management experience can help advance the larger field of restoration ecology. In addition, the increasing emphasis that government agencies and non-profit groups are placing on quantifying the benefits of various conservation and restoration practices represent clear opportunities where researcher/practitioner partnerships can test and refine our ecological understanding at large spatial and temporal scales and ultimately identify pathways to improve restoration outcomes and increase adoption of effective restoration practices.
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