- Title Pages
- List of contributors
- Chapter 1 Uncomfortable questions and inconvenient data in conservation science
- Chapter 2 The thin ice of simplicity in environmental and conservation assessments
- Chapter 3 The value of ecosystem services
- Chapter 4 Are local losses of biodiversity causing degraded ecosystem function?
- Chapter 5 Forty years of bias in habitat fragmentation research
- Chapter 6 Introduced species are not always the enemy of conservation
- Chapter 7 Novel ecosystems
- Chapter 8 What is the evidence for planetary tipping points?
- Chapter 9 Adaptability
- Chapter 10 Food webs with humans: In name only?
- Chapter 11 Global agricultural expansion
- Chapter 12 A good story
- Chapter 13 From <i>Silent Spring</i> to <i>The Frog of War</i>
- Chapter 14 How a mistaken ecological narrative could be undermining orangutan conservation
- Chapter 15 Fealty to symbolism is no way to save salmon
- Chapter 16 Genetically modified crops
- Chapter 17 When “sustainable” fishing isn’t
- Chapter 18 Science communication is receiving a lot of attention, but there’s room to improve
- Chapter 19 Overfishing
- Chapter 20 Rehabilitating sea otters
- Chapter 21 Planning for climate change without climate projections?
- Chapter 22 Is “no net loss of biodiversity” a good idea?
- Chapter 23 Replacing underperforming nature reserves
- Chapter 24 Conservation in the real world
- Chapter 25 Are payments for ecosystem services benefiting ecosystems and people?
- Chapter 26 Corporations valuing nature
- Chapter 27 Business as usual leads to underperformance in coastal restoration
- Chapter 28 Conservation bias: What have we learned?
Can’t we just pretend they’re not there?
- (p.45) Chapter 7 Novel ecosystems
- Effective Conservation Science
Richard J. Hobbs
- Oxford University Press
This chapter relates the story of the development of recent ideas relating to ecosystems that are greatly modified by environmental and biological changes. Originally such ecosystems were given attention simply because they were an understudied set of systems that could teach us about how ecological communities assemble and reassemble. However, as the widespread prevalence of such “novel ecosystems” became obvious, some data suggested they could deliver important ecosystem functions. This led to a debate regarding the values, management, and restoration of altered ecosystems. The original papers had a hard time in the review process, and debate has, at times, been rancorous. However, many practitioners and ecologists now find the concept of novel ecosystems useful, and the possibility of their conservation value worth investigating.
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