Resilience theory in models of rangeland ecology and restoration: the evolution and application of a paradigm

TitleResilience theory in models of rangeland ecology and restoration: the evolution and application of a paradigm
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBestelmeyer B, Havstad K, Damindsuren B., Han G., Brown J., Herrick JE, Steele C.M., Peters DC
Series EditorHobbs J.J., Suding K.N.
Book TitleNew Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration
Pagination78-95
PublisherIsland Press
CityWashington, D.C
ARIS Log Number214189
Keywordsecology, models, paradigm, restoration
AbstractIn this review, we will use our experiences and our ongoing collaborations to describe an approach that links new concepts regarding ecosystem dynamics to science, management and restoration activities in rangelands. First, we will review some novel elements and ideas connected to resilience theory that mark the evolution of an increasingly integrated paradigm for rangeland ecology. Lastly, we will present a sequence of science and management activities that we feel will allow the paradigm to gain traction in real-world management. It should be noted that our ideas are, in many cases, a work in progress and our hope is that readers are inspired to look more deeply into them, or to develop their own approaches.