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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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

Authors
item Bestelmeyer, Brandon
item Havstad, Kris
item Damindsuren, Bolormaa - MONGOLIA ST. AGR. UNIV
item Han, Guodong - INNER MONGOLIA AGR. UNIV
item Brown, Joel - NRCS - JORNADA
item Herrick, Jeffrey
item Steele, Caitriana - NEW MEXICO STATE UNIV
item Peters, Debra

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2008
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Citation: Bestelmeyer, B.T., Havstad, K.M., Damindsuren, B., Han, G., Brown, J., Herrick, J.E., Steele, C., Peters, D.C. 2009. Resilience theory in models of rangeland ecology and restoration: The evolution and application of a paradigm. In: Hobbs, R.J., Suding, K.N., editors. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration. Washington, DC: Island Press. p. 78-95.

Technical Abstract: In 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.

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