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Global perspectives on restoration

We use meta-analysis to synthesize how ecosystems respond to broad-scale disturbances, their potential for recover, and the role that active restoration can play in speeding recovery.

Given the rise of human populations and continued exploitation of the ecosystems on which humans depend, restoration is becoming one of the most important tools in managers’ toolboxes. I am collaborating with two universities and an NGO to employ ecological theory to improve ways to guide restoration priorities.  I teamed up with David Moreno-Mateos of the Basque Center for Climate Change to lead a group of researchers in a synthesis funded by the National Socio-Economic Synthesis Center, the German Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, and sDiv.

Relevant Publications

Gerstner, K., D. Moreno Mateos, J. Gurevitch, M. Beckman, S. Kambach, H.P. Jones, and R. Seppelt. 2017. Will your paper be used in a meta-analysis? Make the reach of your research broader and longer-lasting. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8(6), 777-784.

Meli, P., H.P. Jones, K. Holl, J.M. Rey Benayas, D. Moreno Mateos, D. Montoya, P. Jones, M. McCrackin. 2017. A global review of past land use, climate, and active vs. passive restoration effects on forest recovery. PLoS One 12(2): e0171368.

McCrackin, M. H.P. Jones, D. Moreno Mateos, and P.C. Jones. 2017. Recovery of lakes and coastal marine ecosystems from eutrophication: A global meta-analysis. Limnology and Oceanography 62, 507-518. 


Moreno Mateos, D. E.B. Barbier, P.C. Jones, H.P. Jones, J. Aronson, M.L. McCrackin, P. Meli, D. Montoya, and J. M. Rey Benayas. Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt. 2017. Nature Communications 9, 14163.