Ecological Restoration
Project funded by own resources
Project title Ecological Restoration
Principal Investigator(s) Baur, Bruno
Co-Investigator(s) Rusterholz, Hans-Peter
Braschler, Brigitte
Project Members Meyer, Sandro
Melliger, Ramona
Binggeli, Denise
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
Project start 01.10.2016
Probable end 31.01.2021
Status Active

Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed. Given the large-scale anthropogenic alteration of natural habitats, ecological restoration is emerging as one of the most important disciplines in environmental science. In recent years, increasing efforts have been directed to the restoration of natural communities affected by human activities. We aim to assess the success of different restoration actions. For example, we evaluate the success of restored vineyards on terraced slopes in Southern Switzerland by examining various aspects of plant diversity. These vineyards have been abandoned for decades and were overgrown by forest. Success in restoring species diversity and ecosystem function is often reduced because of the lack of dispersal-limited species in the restored site. Numerous rare species are dispersal-limited, having low probabilities to re-colonize restored sites and to establish viable populations on their own, and restoration projects need to be adjusted accordingly. One possible approach is to reintroduce populations, but the long-term success of such reintroductions is rarely assessed. In a case study, we re-introduced the Blue-winged grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens) in restored gravel patches in a nature reserve and assessed the population dynamics over 21 years.

Keywords ecological restoration
Financed by University funds
Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
2674585  Baur, Bruno  Dispersal-limited species – A challenge for ecological restoration  1439-1791  Basic and applied ecology  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3703923  Baur, Bruno; Thommen, G. H.; Coray, Armin  Dynamics of Reintroduced Populations of Oedipoda caerulescens (Orthoptera, Acrididae) over 21 Years  1536-2442  Journal of Insect Science  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

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