Bionovelty and ecological restoration

John P. Volpe, Eric S. Higgs, Jonathan M. Jeschke, Katie Barnhill, Conrad Brunk, Joan Dudney, Laura L. Govers, Richard J. Hobbs, Karen Keenleyside, Stephen D. Murphy, Philip J. Seddon, Jayce Sudweeks, Orkan Telhan, Sonia Voicescu

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Anthropogenic activity has irreparably altered the ecological fabric of Earth. The emergence of ecological novelty from diverse drivers of change is an increasingly challenging dimension of ecosystem restoration. At the same time, the restorationist's tool kit continues to grow, including a variety of powerful and increasingly prevalent technologies. Thus, ecosystem restoration finds itself at the center of intersecting challenges. How should we respond to increasingly common emergence of environmental system states with little or no historical precedent, whilst considering the appropriate deployment of potentially consequential and largely untested interventions that may give rise to organisms, system states, and/or processes that are likewise without historical precedent? We use the term bionovelty to encapsulate these intersecting themes and examine the implications of bionovelty for ecological restoration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14152
Number of pages11
JournalRestoration Ecology
Issue number5
Early online date15 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024


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