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Restoration

Humans have impacted most ecosystems on Earth, and ecological restoration is increasingly seen as a conservation tool to counteract these impacts. Restoration ecology is science in support of this active restoration of degraded or destroyed ecosystems. Faculty and students in NRES are studying restored ecosystems to understand the process of ecosystem recovery and the implications for environmental practice and policy. Research in NRES includes studies on the responses of animals, plants and microorganisms to restoration, the effects of landscape history and context on ecosystem recovery, and the biogeochemical functions of constructed and restored ecosystems.

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