Reintroducing Grazing in California’s Vernal Pools—Can we reverse the effects of past management?

In disturbance-adapted ecosystems, the removal of disturbance can lead to losses of diversity and sometimes irreversible changes in community composition. In their latest research, Michaels and colleagues identify the thresholds at which changes occur and explore the reversibility of these shifts in a vernal pool ecosystem in Northern California. If you head out in search of one of California’s famous vernal pools, you’ll have to … Continue reading Reintroducing Grazing in California’s Vernal Pools—Can we reverse the effects of past management?

Forest regeneration can help preserve the evolutionary history of tropical wildlife

In their latest research, Farneda and colleagues show how secondary forest regeneration affects the evolutionary dimension of bat diversity in the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) landscape, Central Amazon, Brazil. Land-use change across the tropics is pervasive, leading to widespread habitat loss and fragmentation. It is also a key driver of biodiversity loss. However, the agricultural abandonment in many tropical regions has led … Continue reading Forest regeneration can help preserve the evolutionary history of tropical wildlife

Rewilding old fields: why additional effort is needed to restore wildflowers

Why has restoring old fields been a challenge for practitioners for decades? In their latest research, Tina Parkhurst, Suzanne Prober and Rachel Standish explore the efficacy of intervention efforts to understand limitations in current practices. Globally, there is a trend towards widespread abandonment of marginal agricultural land. Land abandonment is often associated with land degradation following long-term unsustainable agricultural practices, resulting in low productivity. Whilst … Continue reading Rewilding old fields: why additional effort is needed to restore wildflowers

Calling all seabirds: restoring long-lost colonies on Desecheo Island

Lead author Jose Luis Herrera-Giraldo describes his team’s latest study using fake birds and loudspeakers to help conservationists restore the long-lost seabird colony of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. For scientists and conservationists, life on Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico is harsh with the islands’ rugged terrain, blazing hot sun beating down year-round, and fire ant. But for seabirds the island is paradise – … Continue reading Calling all seabirds: restoring long-lost colonies on Desecheo Island

Behind the cover 2:3 – Sand addition augments gharial nesting in degrading aquatic habitats

Gaurav Vashistha and colleagues describe their latest research attempting to reverse the observed decline in gharial nesting by improving nesting site conditions. Find out more about the research behind the cover of our latest issue. The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a critically threatened, freshwater crocodile. Gharials nest in sandy substrates such as river banks and mid-river sand bars where females dig holes and lay their … Continue reading Behind the cover 2:3 – Sand addition augments gharial nesting in degrading aquatic habitats

ESE Editor’s Choice 2:2 – Restoring ecosystems and our well-being

Associate Editor Elizabeth Bach introduces our latest Editor’s Choice article by Patrick Swanson who calls for a new paradigm in ecosystem restoration called ‘Restorative recreation’. Ecosystem restoration seeks to reunite native plants and animals in degraded ecosystem, improving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Many people deeply involved in ecosystem restoration also recognize the process of learning and restoring an ecosystem deepens our understanding of the natural … Continue reading ESE Editor’s Choice 2:2 – Restoring ecosystems and our well-being

Restorative recreation: One landowner’s restoration experience in Iowa’s Loess Hills

In his latest From Practice article, author and landowner Patrick Swanson describes his experience restoring a native prairie remnant in Iowa’s Loess Hills and introduces a new paradigm that maximizes benefits to personal wellbeing while improving the landscape for other species. This article is part of the cross-journal, cross-society Special Feature on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystems worldwide are under mounting stress from … Continue reading Restorative recreation: One landowner’s restoration experience in Iowa’s Loess Hills

Southwood Prize 2020: early career researcher winner announced

We’re excited to announce Pu Jia as the winner of this year’s Southwood Prize, celebrating the best paper by an early career researcher in the 2020 (57th) volume of Journal of Applied Ecology. Pu’s winning paper is Plant diversity enhances the reclamation of degraded lands by stimulating plant–soil feedbacks. About the research While the ecological literature on the linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem function is rich, … Continue reading Southwood Prize 2020: early career researcher winner announced

በኬንያ ባሪንጎ ካውንቲ የፕሮሶፒስ ጁሊፍሎራ መቆጣጠር የአከባቢዉን መሀበረሰብ የኑሮ ሁኔታን በከፍተኛ ማሻሻሉን ያሳያል

This post is also available in English (here) and Swahili (here) የአየር ንብረት ለውጥ፣ የመሬት መበላሸትና እንደ ፕሮሶፒስ ጁሊፍሎራ ያሉ ወራሪ የባዕድ ዝርያዎች  በደረቅ እና ከፊል-ደረቅ አካባቢዎች ለባህላዊ የሰዎች  ኑሮ ዋና አደጋዎች ናቸው።እነዚህ ምክንያቶች በአርብቶ አደር እና በከፍል-አርብቶ አደሮች ዋና ሀብት የሆነውን የእጽዋት ባዮማስን ጨምሮ በስነ-ምህዳር አገልግሎቶች ላይ አሉታዊ ተፅእኖዎች አላቸው። በዶ/ር ሬኔ ኤሽቼን እና ባልደረቦቻቸው የተደረገ ጥናት እንደሚያመለክተው ወራሪ እንጨት የሆነዉን ፕሮሶፒስ ጁሊፍሎራን በማፅዳት … Continue reading በኬንያ ባሪንጎ ካውንቲ የፕሮሶፒስ ጁሊፍሎራ መቆጣጠር የአከባቢዉን መሀበረሰብ የኑሮ ሁኔታን በከፍተኛ ማሻሻሉን ያሳያል

Mikakati madhubuti ya kudhibiti Mathenge (Prosopis juliflora) yaonyesha mafanikio makubwa katika kuboresha maisha ya wananchi wa Kaunti ya Baringo, Kenya

This post is also available in English (here) and Amharic (here).   Mabadiliko ya tabia ya nchi, uharibifu wa mazingira na ueneaji wa mimea vamizi kama Mathenge (Kitaalamu Prosopis juliflora) ni tishio kubwa kwa upatikanaji endelevu wa kipato kwa jamii zinazoishi maeneo makame. Changamoto hizi pia zinaathiri mifumo ya kiikolojia katika kutoa huduma kama malisho kwa mifugo ambayo ni rasilimali muhimu kwa wafugaji na wakulima. … Continue reading Mikakati madhubuti ya kudhibiti Mathenge (Prosopis juliflora) yaonyesha mafanikio makubwa katika kuboresha maisha ya wananchi wa Kaunti ya Baringo, Kenya