Ecological Restoration

Susan M. Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota
Susan M. Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota

Ecological Restoration

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Ecological Restoration provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies being used around the world to reverse human impacts to landscapes, ecosystems, and species. This book aims to improve the outcomes of restoration practice by strengthening the connections between ecological concepts and real-world decision-making: students explore each topic considering both research-based knowledge and lessons learned from nineteen actual...

Ecological Restoration provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies being used around the world to reverse human impacts to landscapes, ecosystems, and species. This book aims to improve the outcomes of restoration practice by strengthening the connections between ecological concepts and real-world decision-making: students explore each topic considering both research-based knowledge and lessons learned from nineteen actual restorations. Details of these ecological restorations, from underwater reefs to mines in hot deserts, are woven into each chapter, presented as case studies, and used in exercises. Because introductory ecological restoration courses are taken by undergraduate students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, the book explains and applies basic concepts from many supporting fields that serve as the foundation for practice, including ecology, conservation biology, earth and water sciences, environmental design, and public policy.

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Susan M. Galatowitsch is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught courses in restoration ecology, landscape ecology, horticultural science, and conservation biology. She also taught restoration ecology at the University of Cape Town while a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Galatowitsch earned a B.A. in Environmental Biology from St. Mary's College-Minnesota, an M.S. in Botany from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. Her research focuses on revegetation, management of invasive species, and climate change adaptation for wetland and riparian ecosystems. In addition to many research publications, she published the book Restoring Prairie Wetlands: An Ecological Approach (with Arnold van der Valk).

Ecological Restoration … is a well-written, well-produced, and well-illustrated overview of the science of restoration ecology. The text is clear and readable. It recognizes the biological, social, and (to a lesser degree) economic aspects of modern restoration. It deservedly will become a required text in many restoration ecology courses, and should be on the shelves of restoration researchers and practitioners … This book does an admirable job summarizing the current state of a diverse and ever-changing field.”
—Truman P. Young, Ecological Restoration

“Finally, with the publication of Ecological Restoration by Susan M. Galatowitsch, students and other users will have a more circumspect and comprehensive understanding of what really is required of successful ecological restoration projects. … nineteen case studies from around the world add clarity and depth to the process and acts of restoration. … I would recommend Ecological Restoration for an introductory ecosystem restoration course as well as for advanced coursework and practical field courses, along with other complementary books.” 
—Steven I. Apfelbaum, Ecological Restoration

“Until recently, practitioners and those teaching ecological restoration to future planners, policy makers, managers, or researchers have been without a comprehensive text addressing this complex subject. Thus, Ecological Restoration represents an important milestone for the discipline and fills a gaping hole in the instruction of ecosystem and species restoration. What I like most about the book is its clear writing, the accessibility of information, purposeful organization, and thoughtful integration of case studies throughout the text. … I highly recommend the book for the instruction of ecological restoration to undergraduate and graduate students. … it provides those actively engaged in management or restoration with a conceptual framework to understand the significance of their work and more effectively organize their efforts.”
—William L. Hohman, The Journal of Wildlife Management

“Restoration ecology is a recent field of study, and classes in ecological restoration began to be offered only in the early 1990s. This attractively presented and well-illustrated textbook has therefore been designed to fill an increasingly obvious gap. … From the very first chapter, the case studies are carefully woven into the text to illustrate specific points or concepts and used in often demanding student exercises. This is extremely effective and keeps the theory and practice in close juxtaposition. … Overall, this splendid book more than meets its stated aim of improving the outcomes of restoration practice by strengthening the connections between ecological concepts and real-world decision-making.”
—Bruce D. Clarkson, Ecological Management & Restoration

“For basic training of undergraduate students or entry-level practitioners we need educational materials which seek to stand back from the detail of current research and extract the most important principles, ideas, and generalizations across a wide range of aspects of restoration ecology and diverse biogeographical contexts. Such materials also need to express sometimes complex ideas in plain language, recognize and define jargon when appropriate, and illustrate ideas and applications with well-chosen examples. Galatowitsch's book achieves that goal. … this book sets a new performance bar in education for ecological restoration.”
—Carla P. Catterall, Restoration Ecology

“Galatowitsch effectively details the most important concepts of restoration without encumbering students with a massive tome. The writing style and content are accessible for undergraduate students that have a solid background in general ecology. I highly recommend this textbook to instructors and students in restoration-related classes and have little doubt that it will become a mainstay in the instruction of ecological restoration.”
—Matthew Simmons, Ecological Engineering

“Those who would learn how to carry out a restoration project, or teach others how to do so, have been hindered by the immense complexity of the field, and by the lack of a solid textbook to draw on. Susan Galatowitsch's excellent new text goes a long way toward solving both these problems.”
—Barry R. Taylor, The Canadian Field-Naturalist

Ecological Restoration is a thorough introduction to the field that is appropriate for a graduate-level course or for undergraduate students who have had a significant background in ecology and environmental science. … Ecological Restoration (the discipline and the text) illustrates how life science theory and data are being applied to real-world problems caused by human activities and provides an important and hopeful set of stories.”
—Diane Husic, Ecology

“The paradigm has shifted. While many mid-career conservation biologists cut their teeth on the notion of saving pristine ecosystems, we now know that there are few remaining pristine environments. Instead the future for many ecosystems lies in reclamation and restoration, and Sue Galatowitsch's new book points the way. Divided into restoration processes, approaches,and case studies, this book not only shows the way but boosts morale as the 19 case studies show spectacular results of restorations from ecosystems around the world. This book will provide perspective and background for researchers and the basis for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses for students interested in healing a broken earth.”
—Michael J. Lannoo, The Iowa Lakeside Lab

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