Special Issue "Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2012)
Dr. Susan Cordell
USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, 60 Nowelo Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Hawaii, USA
Interests: ecophysiology; restoration ecology; functional ecology; tropical dry ecosystems; grass invasions; hawaiian ecosystems
Restoration Ecology is a relatively new field where concepts such as sustainability are mostly theoretically posed rather than quantitatively based. Traditional restoration science has been guided by successional theory towards a historic reference system. However, restoration practice must adapt new strategies as many systems appear resilient to traditional restoration approaches. This special issue of Sustainability addresses this question: How do we move forward rather than backward towards ecosystem restoration for sustainability in today’s anthropogenically-influenced systems? Recent work in restoration practice confirms that a major conceptual restoration flaw is the assumption that terrestrial systems are orderly and static rather than dynamic. Hence current restoration success criteria perhaps are not in fact realistic or sustainable. Furthermore, how do we incorporate future disturbance regimes into criterion for sustainability—be they natural or anthropogenic, small scale or large scale? This special issue will publish papers that address questions such as how do we define, promote, and evaluate science, practice, and policy-based sustainability success criteria into the field of restoration ecology? It is a goal of this special issue to publish papers that span restoration sustainability objectives that may range from mandated restoration (i.e., endangered species recovery), to reversing biodiversity loss, to the recovery of ecosystem function. In addition, this special issue aims to publish papers investigating these questions across trophic levels, geographic origins, disturbance regimes, and/or conflicting multi-use perspectives. Papers that evaluate progress and explore novel approaches towards the sustainability of restoration theory or practice are encouraged.
Dr. Susan Cordell
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs) and will increase to 800 CHF in July. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
- ecosystem sustainability
- success criteria
- novel approaches
- traditional restoration
- disturbance regimes
Sustainability 2012, 4(9), 2334-2347; doi:10.3390/su4092334
Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 1 September 2012 / Published: 19 September 2012| Download PDF Full-text (977 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Article: Talking Big: Lessons Learned from a 9000 Hectare Restoration in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie
Sustainability 2012, 4(11), 3066-3087; doi:10.3390/su4113066
Received: 28 August 2012; in revised form: 6 November 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 13 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1854 KB)
Article: Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) Removal in the Western United States: Multi-Site Findings and Considerations for Future Research
Sustainability 2012, 4(12), 3346-3361; doi:10.3390/su4123346
Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 4 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 December 2012 / Published: 14 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (747 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2013, 5(2), 387-399; doi:10.3390/su5020387
Received: 13 December 2012; in revised form: 14 January 2013 / Accepted: 21 January 2013 / Published: 29 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1699 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Landscape Evaluation for Restoration Planning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, USA
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 805-840; doi:10.3390/su5030805
Received: 21 November 2012; in revised form: 5 February 2013 / Accepted: 8 February 2013 / Published: 25 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (2879 KB) |
Article: Bird Pollinator Visitation is Equivalent in Island and Plantation Planting Designs in Tropical Forest Restoration Sites
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1177-1187; doi:10.3390/su5031177
Received: 20 January 2013; in revised form: 2 February 2013 / Accepted: 13 February 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (517 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Plant Species Restoration: Effects of Different Founding Patterns on Sustaining Future Population Size and Genetic Diversity
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1304-1316; doi:10.3390/su5031304
Received: 2 January 2013; in revised form: 1 March 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (189 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Restoring Native Forest Understory: The Influence of Ferns and Light in a Hawaiian Experiment
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1317-1339; doi:10.3390/su5031317
Received: 12 January 2013; in revised form: 7 February 2013 / Accepted: 15 February 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (889 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1340-1355; doi:10.3390/su5031340
Received: 31 December 2012; in revised form: 17 February 2013 / Accepted: 21 February 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (136 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 18 July 2012