Restoration ecology

Restoration ecology is the study of attempts to restore ecosystems that have been destroyed or degraded by human activity to a more natural state. Restoration usually involves active intervention at a local scale and generally attempts to increase native biodiversity.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News & Views |

    Degraded land is being restored along an 8,000 km stretch across Sahelian countries. A new analysis reveals promising economic returns from recent projects and informs the targeting of strategies for newly pledged funds.

    • Jacob Hochard
  • News & Views |

    The strength of functional diversity effects on forest productivity increases over time, highlighting the key role of multi-species tree communities in long-term restoration initiatives.

    • Nathaly R. Guerrero-Ramírez
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    The COVID-19 lockdown reduced human mobility and led to immediate insights into how humans impact nature. Yet the strongest ecological impacts are likely to come. As we emerge from the pandemic, governments should avoid prioritizing short-term economic gains that compromise ecosystems and the services they provide humanity. Instead, the pandemic can be a pivot point for societal transformation to value longer term ecosystem and economic sustainability.

    • Amanda E. Bates
    • , Sangeeta Mangubhai
    •  & Valeria Vergara
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Jennifer Grenz is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia and owns a land healing company, Greener This Side. Her recently completed PhD dissertation explores the science of invasive species management and restoration through the lens of an ‘Indigenous ecology’, which she defines as “relationally guided healing of our lands, waters, and relations through intentional shaping of ecosystems by humans to bring a desired balance that meets the fluid needs of communities while respecting and honouring our mutual dependence through reciprocity.” Here we ask about her research and experiences as an Indigenous woman in ecology.

    • Alexa McKay
    •  & Jennifer Grenz
  • News & Views |

    The role of peatlands in future climate change is uncertain because peat-derived greenhouse gas emissions are difficult to predict. Now research shows that reduced methane emissions from drying peatlands are likely to be outweighed by increasing CO2 emissions.

    • Paul J. Morris
    Nature Climate Change 11, 561-562
  • Editorial |

    Wetlands provide a wealth of societal and climatic benefits. Balanced conservation strategies are needed to ensure their protection in the twenty-first century and beyond.