NCEAS Project 4700

A synthetic analysis of the scientific basis of ecological restoration of stream ecosystems

  • Margaret A. Palmer
  • J. David Allan

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group21st—25th September 2002Participant List  
Working Group21st—25th February 2003Participant List  
Working Group10th—13th October 2003Participant List  
Working Group2nd—5th May 2004Participant List  
Working Group18th—21st August 2005Participant List  
Working Group28th—30th January 2006Participant List  

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Abstract
We will assess the quality of the science underlying ecological restoration activities using stream ecosystems as model restoration systems. We will assemble a unique data set that spans multiple ecoregions and many different types of restoration activities performed by diverse groups with various stakeholder interests. Specifically, our data set will address: what kinds of restoration activities, at what scale, and by what means, are taking place; how goals were set and success measured in these restoration efforts; the extent to which scientific criteria were used; the extent to which adaptive management was an explicit component of the restoration activity; and the extent to which scientists are forming partnerships with restorationists in order to use restoration projects as opportunities for scientific experimentation. Our synthesis will facilitate the linkage between the practice of ecological restoration and the science of restoration ecology and will attempt to establish standards for data gathering to scientifically assess restoration methods and success.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Allan, J. David. 2005. River restoration. Ecological Integration Symposium, 21 April 2005. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX.
Journal Article Barnas, Katie; Katz, Stephen L. 2010. The Challenges of tracking Habitat Restoration at Various Spatial Scales. Fisheries. Vol: 35(5). Pages 232-241.
Presentations Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Ransel, Katherine. 2003. National river restoration. National River Restoration Science Synthesis, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Savannah, GA.
Presentations Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David. 2004. Characterizing river restoration in our nation: Initial results from the National River Restoration Science Synthesis. North America Benthological Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia.
Journal Article Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Alexander, Gretchen; Barnas, Katie; Brooks, Shane; Carr, Jamie; Clayton, Steve; Dahm, Clifford; Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Galat, David L.; Gloss, Steven P.; Goodwin, Peter; Hart, David; Hassett, Brooke; Jenkinson, Robin; Katz, Stephen L.; Kondolf, G. Mathias; Lake, P. Sam; Lave, Rebecca; Meyer, Judy; O'Donnell, T. Kevin; Pagano, Laura; Powell, Bruce; Sudduth, Elizabeth. 2005. Synthesizing US river restoration efforts. Science. Vol: 308(5722). Pages 636-637.
Journal Article Bernhardt, Emily S.; Sudduth, Elizabeth; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Meyer, Judy; Alexander, Gretchen; Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Hassett, Brooke; Jenkinson, Robin; Lave, Rebecca; Rumps, Jeanne M.; Pagano, Laura. 2007. Restoring rivers one reach at a time: Results from a survey of U.S. river restoration practitioners. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 482-493.
Presentations Brooks, Shane; Lake, P. Sam; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David. 2004. A synthetic analysis of the science of stream restoration. Fourth Australian Stream Management Conference, October 2004. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Journal Article Brooks, Shane; Lake, P. Sam. 2007. River restoration in Victoria, Australia: Change is in the wind, and none too soon. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 584-591.
Presentations Dahm, Clifford. 2004. Overview of hydroecology research on riparian ecosystems nationally and in the Rio Grande. Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas Annual Meeting, 13-15 October 2004. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Presentations Dahm, Clifford; Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David. 2004. River and riparian restoration: An analysis from the United States. Conservation and Management of Running Waters Workshop, 8-15 August 2004. 29th Societas Internationalis Limnologiae Congress, 8-15 August 2004. Lahti, Finland.
Presentations Dahm, Clifford; Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Gloss, Steven P.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2005. River and riparian restoration in the southwest: A summary from the National River Restoration Science Synthesis. Water and the Environment: The Role of Ecosystem Restoration, 6 April 2005. Arizona Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference. Tucson, Arizona.
Presentations Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. The National Riverine Restoration Science Synthesis: Bridging the science and practice of restoration in riverine corridors. Restoring Streams, Riparian Areas, Floodplains: Tailoring Restoration to Community Needs and Scientific Contexts, Inventory, and Monitoring, 16-19 November 2003. Associated State Wetlands Managers Workshop. Socorro, New Mexico.
Presentations Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Alexander, Gretchen; Hassett, Brooke; Sudduth, Elizabeth; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Dahm, Clifford. 2004. Riverine corridor restoration: Conclusions drawn from existing databases. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, OR.
Presentations Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2004. The National Riverine Restoration Science Synthesis: Bridging the science and practice of restoration in riverine corridors. Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Annual Workshop, 28-31 January 2004. Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
Journal Article Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Dahm, Clifford; Gloss, Steven P.; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2007. River and riparian restoration in the southwest: Results of the National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 550-562.
Presentations Galat, David L. 2003. National river restoration science synthesis- great rivers node. Missouri River Basin Association Stakeholder Forum. Nebraska City, NE.
Presentations Galat, David L.; O'Donnell, T. Kevin. 2004. Challenges to restoring U.S. great rivers. Second International Symposium on Riverine Landscapes, August 2004. Bredsel, Alvsbyn, Sweden.
Journal Article Hassett, Brooke; Palmer, Margaret A.; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Smith, Sean; Carr, Jamie; Hart, David. 2005. Restoring watersheds project by project: Trends in Chesapeake Bay tributary restoration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol: 3(5). Pages 259-267.
Journal Article Hassett, Brooke; Palmer, Margaret A.; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2007. Evaluating stream restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through practitioner interviews. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 563-572.
Presentations Jenkinson, Robin; Braatne, Jeffrey; Goodwin, Peter; Morehead, Mark; Clayton, Steve; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David. 2004. Stream restoration in the Pacific Northwest and beyond: National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project results. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, OR.
Journal Article Katz, Stephen L.; Barnas, Katie; Hicks, Ryan; Cowen, Jeff; Jenkinson, Robin. 2007. Freshwater habitat restoration actions in the Pacific Northwest: A decade's investment in habitat improvement. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 494-505.
Journal Article Kondolf, G. Mathias; Anderson, Shannah; Lave, Rebecca; Pagano, Laura; Merenlender, Adina M.; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2007. Two decades of river restoration in California: What can we learn?. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 516-523.
Presentations McFall, Jeanne; Jenkinson, Robin. 2005. Stream restoration in the Pacific Northwest. Balancing Hydropower Development and Biodiversity: Is Sustainability in an Adaptive Management Framework Achievable?. Pan American Advanced Study Institute Workshop. Concepcion, Chile.
Report or White Paper Palmer, Margaret A.; Hart, David; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. Bridging engineering, ecological, and geomorphic science to enhance riverine restoration: Local and national efforts. Symposium on Urban and Rural Stream Protection and Restoration, EWRI World Water and Environmental Congress. Philadelphia, PA.
Presentations Palmer, Margaret A.; Hart, David; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. Bridging engineering, ecological, and geomorphic science to enhance riverine restoration: Local and national efforts. Symposium on Urban and Rural Stream Protection and Restoration, EWRI World Water and Environmental Congress. Philadelphia, PA.
Presentations Palmer, Margaret A.; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. River restoration. Consortium for National Science Funding Capitol Hill Day.
Presentations Palmer, Margaret A.; Hassett, Brooke; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2005. Backyards to the bay: Why we have been lulled into false compacency. American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
Journal Article Palmer, Margaret A.; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Allan, J. David; Lake, P. Sam; Alexander, Gretchen; Brooks, Shane; Carr, Jamie; Clayton, Steve; Dahm, Clifford; Follstad-Shah, Jennifer; Galat, David L.; Loss, S. G.; Goodwin, Peter; Hart, David; Hassett, Brooke; Jenkinson, Robin; Kondolf, G. Mathias; Lave, Rebecca; Meyer, Judy; O'Donnell, T. Kevin; Pagano, Laura; Sudduth, Elizabeth. 2005. Standards for ecologically successful river restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology. Vol: 42. Pages 208-217.
Data Set Palmer, Margaret A.; Bernhardt, Emily S.; Allan, J. David. 2006. The national river restoration science synthesis database at NBII. (Online version)
Journal Article Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Meyer, Judy; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2007. River restoration in the Twenty-First Century: Data and experiential knowledge to inform future efforts. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 472-481.
Journal Article Rumps, Jeanne M.; Katz, Stephen L.; Barnas, Katie; Morehead, Mark; Jenkinson, Robin; Clayton, Steve; Goodwin, Peter. 2007. Stream restoration in the Pacific Northwest: Analysis of interviews with project managers. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 506-515.
Presentations Sudduth, Elizabeth; Meyer, Judy; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. Placing stream restoration in Georgia in a national perspective. Georgia Water Resources Conference. University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
Report or White Paper Sudduth, Elizabeth; Meyer, Judy; Palmer, Margaret A.; Allan, J. David; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2003. Placing stream restoration in Georgia in a national perspective. Georgia Water Resources Conference, University of Georgia. Athens GA.
Presentations Sudduth, Elizabeth; Meyer, Judy. 2004. Effects of bioengineered bank stabilization on bank microinvertebrate communities in urban streams. NC SRI Southeastern Stream Restoration Conference, 22-23 June 2004. Winston-Salem, NC.
Presentations Sudduth, Elizabeth; Meyer, Judy. 2005. Stream restoration in the southeast: Monitoring for ecological success. North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference, 5 April 2005. Raleigh, NC.
Journal Article Sudduth, Elizabeth; Meyer, Judy; Bernhardt, Emily S. 2007. Stream restoration practices in the southeastern United States. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 573-583.
Journal Article Tompkins, Mark R.; Kondolf, G. Mathias. 2007. Systematic postproject appraisals to maximise lessons learned from river restoration projects: Case study of compound channel restoration projects in northern California. Restoration Ecology. Vol: 15(3). Pages 524-537.