IGN 15
Where the Shovel Meets the Science: Reciprocal Learning Between Restoration and Ecology.

Thursday, August 8, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
101H, Minneapolis Convention Center
Casey J. Huckins, Michigan Technological University
Amy M. Marcarelli, Michigan Technological University
Casey J. Huckins, Michigan Technological University
In today’s social and funding climate, many of us who do not consider ourselves “restoration ecologists” find ourselves working on projects related to restoration of ecosystems and mitigation for ecological and environmental disturbances. We are often motivated by our desires to contribute our expertise to projects that “do good” in our communities and in ecosystems to which we are passionately and scientifically dedicated. In part, this involvement is also motivated by funding realities; as the budgets of basic research funders like NSF have stagnated over the past decade, scientists have sought funding from “shovel ready” programs such as the EPA: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Moreover, restoration projects can provide unique opportunities for ecologists to test hypotheses of basic ecological principles at large spatial extents and over long time scales. In this session, we hope to bring together restoration ecology specialists and basic ecologists working on restoration projects to discuss questions such as: 1) How can we improve ecological understanding gained through restoration projects? 2) Although we cannot perfectly restore any ecosystems, what can ecologists contribute to restoration projects to help improve the feasibility and success of these projects? 3) Can we integrate community partners and citizen scientists into ecological studies of restoration in a way that moves beyond superficial “broader impacts”?
 How can ecosystem ecology learn from and inform fisheries restoration?
Amy M. Marcarelli, Michigan Technological University; Scott F. Collins, Idaho State University; Colden V. Baxter, Idaho State University; Casey J. Huckins, Michigan Technological University
 Finding conservation opportunities in multistressor maps using stressor heterogeneity
Thomas M. Neeson, University of Wisconsin; Peter B. McIntyre, University of Wisconsin; Steph Januchowski-Hartley, University of Wisconsin; Sigrid D.P. Smith, University of Michigan; David Allan, University of Michigan
 Rethinking large-scale restoration experiments to improve ecological learning and on-the-ground application
Carrie Reinhardt Adams, University of Florida; Philip J. Kauth, University of Southern Mississippi; Rachel Laubhan, US Fish and Wildlife Service
 Ecology informing restoration and restoration informing ecology: Invasion mechanisms and control of Phragmites australis in Great Salt Lake wetlands
Karin M. Kettenring, Utah State University; Chad Cranney, Utah State University; A. Lexine Long, Utah State University; Christine Rohal, Utah State University; Eric Hazelton, Utah State University; Karen E. Mock, Utah State University
 Active road reclamation approaches accelerate recovery of soil ecosystem properties and microbial communities compared to road closure approaches
Kathleen A. Lohse, Idaho State University; Jean E. T. McLain, USDA-ARS; Rebecca A. Lloyd, University of Arizona
 Marine Protected Areas:Theory and Application
Craig W. Osenberg, University of Florida
 Use of the NRCS ecological site framework to improve ecological understanding in restoration projects
Kari E. Veblen, Utah State University; Thomas A. Monaco, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Jamin Johanson, USDA-NRCS
 Why lime Adirondack forests and streams?
Randall Fuller, Colgate University; Gregory B. Lawrence, U.S. Geological Survey; Barry Baldigo, USGS; Clifford E. Kraft, Cornell University; Dan Josephson, Cornell University; Heather A. Bechtold, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Emma Rosi-Marshall, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Colin M. Beier, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York
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