1. Introduction: Why Novel Ecosystems?

  1. Richard J. Hobbs1,
  2. Eric S. Higgs2 and
  3. Carol M. Hall2
  1. Richard J. Hobbs1,
  2. Eric S. Higgs2 and
  3. Carol M. Hall2

Published Online: 31 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118354186.ch1

Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order

Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order

How to Cite

Hobbs, R. J., Higgs, E. S. and Hall, C. M. (2013) Introduction: Why Novel Ecosystems?, in Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order (eds R. J. Hobbs, E. S. Higgs and C. M. Hall), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118354186.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118354223

Online ISBN: 9781118354186

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Keywords:

  • conservation;
  • ecosystem change;
  • environmental alteration;
  • human interventions;
  • novel ecosystems

Summary

This introductory chapter of Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order provides a gist of the contents discussed in the book and explains the way the book is organized. The Galapagos case is one of many treated in this book, and from these it draws broader lessons and approaches. The book presents a challenge to the conservation and environmental management communities. It has its origins in a workshop held on Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada in May 2011. The book is divided into seven parts that collect together chapters within broad themes. It uses the framework presented by Hobbs as a starting point in which varying degrees of alteration of abiotic and/or biotic components result in systems that move away from their historical configuration and dynamics into different configurations.