Ecological Theory and Community Restoration Ecology

  title={Ecological Theory and Community Restoration Ecology},
  author={Margaret A Palmer and Richard F. Ambrose and N. LeRoy Poff},
  journal={Restoration Ecology},
Community ecological theory may play an important role in the development of a science of restoration ecology. Not only will the practice of restoration benefit from an increased focus on theory, but basic research in community ecology will also benefit. We pose several major thematic questions that are relevant to restoration from the perspective of community ecological theory and, for each, identify specific areas that are in critical need of further research to advance the science of… 

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