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The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Book Series

SER’s book series, “The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration”, is published in partnership with Island Press and has grown to include 28 full-length titles. Books cover a wide range of topics, from the scientific principles underlying restoration and the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline, to issues and strategies for restoring specific ecosystem types and field-tested solutions for restoration practice. As the name suggests, the series was born of the overriding goal to create an international forum for book-length treatments of key concepts and emerging trends in the science and practice of ecological restoration, and to promote its integration within the conservation sciences.

Below is a list of books offered in the SER-Island Press series. Members of SER received a 25% discount on these titles and on all other books published by Island Press.

Editorial Board

Series Editor: James Aronson, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Associate Series Editor: Karen D. Holl, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Executive Series Editor: Erin Johnson, Island Press


Foundations of Restoration Ecology, Second Edition
October 2016
Donald A. Falk, Margaret A. Palmer and Joy B. Zedler

This new edition of Foundations of Restoration Ecology 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, highlighting the theory underlying restoration application and other details important for assessing the degree of success of restoration projects in a variety of contexts.
Restoring Neighborhood Streams: Planning, Design and Construction
July 2016
Ann L. Riley

Thirty years ago, urban streams were perceived as little more than flood control devices designed to hurry water through cities and neighborhoods with scant thought for aesthetics or ecological considerations. Stream restoration pioneers like hydrologist Ann Riley thought differently. She and other like-minded field scientists imagined that by restoring ecological function, and with careful management, streams and rivers could be a net benefit to cities, instead of a net liability. In the intervening decades, she has spearheaded numerous urban stream restoration projects and put to rest the long-held misconception that degraded urban streams are beyond help.
Project Planning & Management for Ecological Restoration
August 2014
John Rieger, John Stanley, and Ray Traynor

This volume presents principles of sound planning and management that will greatly increase the likelihood that completed projects will meet stakeholder expectations. The authors have been involved in restoration activities for over thirty years and were part of the small group of restorationists who recognized the need for a professional organization and in 1987 founded the Society for Ecological Restoration. This book comes out of their experiences practicing restoration, conducting research, and developing and refining new techniques and methods.
Ecological Restoration, Second Edition: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession
January 2013
Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson

Ecological restoration is a rapidly growing discipline that encompasses a wide range of activities and brings together practitioners and theoreticians from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, ranging from volunteer backyard restorationists to highly trained academic scientists and professional consultants. This revised and reorganized edition of the volume originally published in 2007, brings the book up to date with new developments and current trends in the field. It offers a comprehensive and coherent account of the discipline for everyone who initiates, finances, designs, manages, and implements ecological restoration projects
Tidal Marsh Restoration
August 2012
Edited by Charles T. Roman and David M. Burdick

Tidal Marsh Restoration provides the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary for coastal zone stewards to initiate salt marsh tidal restoration programs. The book compiles, synthesizes, and interprets the current state of knowledge on the science and practice of salt marsh restoration, bringing together leaders across a range of disciplines in the sciences (hydrology, soils, vegetation, zoology), engineering (hydraulics, modeling), and public policy, with coastal managers who offer an abundance of practical insight and guidance on the development of programs.
Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate
March 2012
Robert J. Cabin

Interweaving entertaining narratives of his own on-the-ground experiences as a practicing restorationist with reflections about his scientific training and background, Cabin explores the relationship between science and practice in ecological restoration. He observes that because restoration can be complex and value-driven, its implementation often turns out to be as much interdisciplinary art as hard science. Despite the often distinct cultures and methodologies of scientists and practitioners, Cabin shows how each has a vital role in effective restoration and offers suggestions for improving working relationships.
The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook
December 2011
Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan W. Haney

This workbook is the companion to Steven Apfelbaun’s Resoring Ecological Health to Your Land (2010) and is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific background the "how to" information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities.. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. It offers a wealth of resources including sample worksheets and spreadsheets to help you determine what equipment and plant materials you need for your own projects, as well as create project schedules, monitor results, and estimate costs.
Introduction to Restoration Ecology
October 2011
Evelyn A. Howell, John A. Harrington, and Stephen B. Glass

Restoration ecology is a young field that integrates theory and knowledge from a range of disciplines, including the biological, physical, and social sciences as well as the humanities. This new textbook, written for upper-division undergraduates and first-year graduate students, offers a real-life introduction to the field and an interdisciplinary overview of the theory behind it. Developed by ecologists and landscape architects, each of whom has been involved in restoration research and practice for many years, the focus of the book is on providing a framework that can be used to guide restoration decisions anywhere on the globe, both now and in the future
Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration
October 2011
Edited by Dave Egan, Evan E. Hjerpe, and Jesse

When it comes to implementing successful ecological restoration projects, the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions are often as important as, and sometimes more important, than technical or biophysical knowledge. Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration takes an interdisciplinary look at the myriad human aspects of ecological restoration. In twenty-six chapters written by experts from around the world, it provides practical and theoretical information, analysis, models, and guidelines for optimizing human involvement in restoration projects.
Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice
September 2011 
Joyce Maschinski and Kristin E. Haskins

Considered an essential conservation tool, plant reintroductions have been conducted for many of the world's rarest plant species. This volume presents a comprehensive review of reintroduction projects and practices, the circumstances of their successes or failures, lessons learned, and the potential role for reintroductions in preserving species threatened by climate change. Contributors examine current plant reintroduction practices, from selecting appropriate source material and recipient sites to assessing population demography
Making Nature Whole: A History of Ecological Restoration
July 2011
William R. Jordan III and George M. Lubick

Making Nature Whole
is a seminal volume that presents an in-depth history of the field of ecological restoration as it has developed in the United States over the last three decades. The authors draw from both published and unpublished sources, including archival materials and oral histories from early practitioners, to explore the development of the field and its importance to environmental management as well as to the larger environmental movement and our understanding of the world.
Restoring Disturbed Landscapes: Putting Principles Into Practice
November 2010
David J. Tongway and John A. Ludwig

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is a hands-on-guide for individuals and groups seeking to improve the functional capacity of landscapes. The book presents a five-step, adaptive procedure for restoring landscapes that is supported by proven principles and concepts of ecological science
Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land
April 2010
Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems.
Restoring Wildlife: Ecological Concepts & Practice of Applications
May 2009
Michael L. Morrison

Restoration plans must take into account the needs of current or desired wildlife species in project areas. Restoring Wildlife gives ecologists, restorationists, administrators, and other professionals involved with restoration projects the tools they need to understand essential ecological concepts, helping them to design restoration projects that can improve conditions for native species of wildlife. It also offers specific guidance and examples on how various projects have been designed and implemented. The book interweaves theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology that are directly applicable to the restoration and conservation of animals.
Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge: Ecology, Adaptive Management, & Restoration
April 2009
Edited by James Aronson, João S. Pereira, and Juli G. Pausas

Cork oak has historically been an important species in the western Mediterranean—ecologically as a canopy or “framework” tree in natural woodlands, and culturally as an economically valuable resource that underpins local economies. Both the natural woodlands and the derived cultural systems are experiencing rapid change, and whether or not they are resilient enough to adapt to that change is an open question. This volume provides a synthesis of the most up-to-date, scientific, and practical information on the management of cork oak woodlands and the cultural systems that depend on cork oak.
Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, & Structure of an Emerging Profession
July 2008
Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson

This book offers for the first time a unified vision of ecological restoration as a field of study, one that clearly states the discipline’s precepts and emphasizes issues of importance to those involved at all levels. In a lively, personal fashion, the authors discuss scientific and practical aspects of the field as well as the human needs and values that motivate practitioners.
Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies from the United States
July 2008
Edited by Mary Doyle and Cynthia A. Drew

This volume presents case studies of five of the most noteworthy large-scale restoration projects in the United States: Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades, California Bay Delta, the Platte River Basin, and the Upper Mississippi River System. Each of these projects embodies current efforts to address ecosystem restoration in an integrative and dynamic manner, at large spatial scale, involving whole (or even multiple) watersheds, and with complex stakeholder and public roles.
River Futures: An Integrative Scientific Approach to River Repair
June 2008
Edited by Gary J. Brierley and Kirstie A. Fryirs

Across much of the industrialized world, rivers that were physically transformed and ecologically ruined to facilitate industrial and agricultural development are now the focus of restoration and rehabilitation efforts. River Futures discusses the emergence of this new era of river repair and documents a comprehensive biophysical framework for river science and management. The book considers what can be done to maximize prospects for improving river health while maintaining or enhancing the provision of ecosystem services over the next fifty to one-hundred years. It provides a holistic overview of considerations that underpin the use of science in river management, emphasizing cross-disciplinary understanding that builds on a landscape template
New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration
January 2008
Edited by Richard J. Hobbs, Katharine N. Suding, and Society for Ecological Restoration International

Conceptual models based on alternative stable states and restoration thresholds can help inform restoration efforts. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration brings together leading experts from around the world to explore how conceptual models of ecosystem dynamics can be applied to the recovery of degraded systems and how recent advances in our understanding of ecosystem and landscape dynamics can be translated into conceptual and practical frameworks for restoration.
Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland
October 2007
Edited by Viki A. Cramer and Richard J. Hobbs

Land abandonment is increasing as human influence on the globe intensifies and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to force the cessation of agriculture and other forms of land management. The “old fields” that result from abandonment have been the subject of much study, yet few attempts have been made to examine the larger questions raised by old field dynamics. This book brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology.
A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration: New Hope for Arid Lands
June 2007
David A. Bainbridge

Dryland degradation and desertification now affect almost a billion people around the world. Tragically, the biological resources and productivity of millions of acres of land are lost to desertification each year because people remain unaware of strategies and techniques that could improve yields, reduce risk, and begin healing the world's deserts. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first book to offer practical, field-tested solutions to this critical problem.
Restoring Natural Capital: Science, Business, and Practice
June 2007
Edited by James Aronson, Suzanne J. Milton, and James N. Blignaut

How can environmental degradation be stopped? How can it be reversed? And how can the damage already done be repaired? The authors of this volume argue that a two-pronged approach is needed: reducing demand for ecosystem goods and services and better management of them, coupled with an increase in supply through environmental restoration. Restoring Natural Capital brings together economists and ecologists, theoreticians, practitioners, policy makers, and scientists from the developed and developing worlds to consider the costs and benefits of repairing ecosystem goods and services in natural and socioecological systems. It examines the business and practice of restoring natural capital, and seeks to establish common ground between economists and ecologists with respect to the restoration of degraded ecosystems and landscapes and the still broader task of restoring natural capital.
Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia
November 2006
Edited by Richard J. Hobbs, Katharine N. Suding, and Society for Ecological Restoration International

The Pacific Northwest is a global ecological "hotspot" because of its relatively healthy native ecosystems, a high degree of biodiversity, and the number and scope of restoration initiatives that have been undertaken there. Restoring the Pacific Northwest gathers and presents the best examples of state-of-the-art restoration techniques and projects. It is an encyclopedic overview that will be an invaluable reference not just for restorationists and students working in the Pacific Northwest, but for practitioners across North America and around the world.
Foundations of Restoration Ecology
October 2006
Edited by Donald A. Falk, Margaret A. Palmer and Joy B. Zedler

Foundational theory is a critical component of the science underlying ecological restoration and provides valuable insights into successfully restoring ecological systems 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 book provides the first comprehensive overview of the theoretical foundations of restoration ecology and explores ways in which it can inform basic ecological questions.
The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands
July 2005
Edited by Stephen Packard and Cornelia F. Mutel

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook is a hands-on manual that provides a detailed account of what has been learned about the art and science of prairie restoration and the application of that knowledge to restoration projects throughout the world. Chapters provide guidance on all aspects of the restoration process, from conceptualization and planning to execution and monitoring. Appendixes present hard-to-find data on plants and animals of the prairies, seed collection dates, propagation methods, sources of seeds and equipment, and more. Also included is a key to restoration options that provides detailed instructions for specific types of projects and a comprehensive glossary of restoration terms.
Assembly Rules and Restoration Ecology: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
May 2004
Edited by Vicky M. Temperton, Richard J. Hobbs, Tim Nuttle and Stefan Halle

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. This volume addresses that shortcoming, offering an introduction, overview, and synthesis of the potential role of assembly rules theory in restoration ecology.
Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems: Ecology, Management, and Restoration
February 2004
Edited by Jeanne C. Chambers and Jerry R. Miller

Established by the USDA Forest Service in 1993, the Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project for Restoring and Maintaining Sustainable Riparian Ecosystems is a large-scale research study that uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the effects of climate change and human disturbance on riparian areas. Structured as a collaborative effort between management and research, the project focuses on understanding the geomorphic, hydrologic, and biotic processes that underlie riparian structure and function and the interrelated responses of those processes to disturbances, both natural and anthropogenic.
Ex Situ Plant Conservation: Supporting Species Survival in the Wild
January 2004
Edited by Edward O. Guerrant, Kayri Havens, and Mike Maunder

This is the first book to address integrated plant conservation strategies and to examine the scientific, technical, and strategic bases of the ex situ approach. It outlines the role, value and limits of ex situ conservation, provides an overview of best management practices for the field, and examines where and how ex situ investment can best support in situ conservation.
Ecological Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests
May 2003
Edited by Peter Friederici and Ecological Restoration Institute

This volume brings together practitioners and thinkers from a variety of fields—including forestry, biology, philosophy, ecology, political science, archaeology, botany, and geography—to synthesize what is known about ecological restoration in ponderosa pine forests and to consider the factors involved in developing and implementing a successful restoration effort.
Wildlife Restoration: Techniques for Habitat Analysis and Animal Monitoring
May 2002
Michael L. Morrison

Wildlife Restoration links restoration ecology and wildlife management in an accessible and comprehensive guide to restoring wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. It offers readers a thorough overview of the types of information needed in planning a wildlife-habitat restoration project and provides the basic tools necessary for developing and implementing a rigorous monitoring program.
The Historical Ecology Handbook
January 2001
Edited by Dave Egan and Evelyn Howell

A fundamental aspect of the work of ecosystem restoration is to rediscover the past and bring it into the present—to determine what needs to be restored, why it was lost, and how best to make it live again. Yet until now, there has been no guide to the various techniques available for determining that information and how those techniques can be used. For the first time, The Historical Ecology Handbook makes essential connections between past and future ecosystems, bringing together leading experts to offer a much-needed introduction to the field of historical ecology and its practical application by on-the-ground restorationists.
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