Incorporating Novel Ecosystems into Management Frameworks

Kristin B. Hulvey, Rachel J. Standish, Lauren M. Hallett, Brian M. Starzomski, Stephen D. Murphy, Cara R. Nelson, Mark R. Gardener, Patricia L. Kennedy, Timothy R. Seastedt, Katharine N. Suding

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This chapter provides a framework that helps managers, whether scientists or stewards, navigate the decisions that lead to new management approaches in hybrid and novel ecosystems. It first presents a decision-making flowchart that can be used as roadmap to navigate possible management actions. The chapter then explores the role of ecological and social barriers in creation and maintenance of hybrid and novel ecosystems. It argues that working to understand the historical structure and conditions in ecosystem is useful for planning current management strategy. Finally, the chapter highlights examples of challenging decision points which managers will likely face as they work to incorporate hybrid and novel ecosystems into strategies for restoration, conservation and management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNovel Ecosystems
Subtitle of host publicationIntervening in the New Ecological World Order
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118354186
ISBN (Print)9781118354223
StatePublished - Jan 31 2013


  • Ecological barriers
  • Ecosystem management
  • Hybrid ecosystem
  • Novel ecosystem decision framework
  • Social barriers


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