One of the larger projects my students and I are working on is the application of novel ecosystems management schemes to urban parks. Despite what some may claim, this is not giving up on ecological restoration. To the contrary, the novel ecosystems framework helps managers decide on when a park has crossed an ecological or economic or social threshold that makes restoration to some ideal historical range of variation unlikely or perhaps impossible (though we scientists rarely like that word – improbable is better).
Students Josh Shea and Dianne Watkins lead this effort, in places like Homer Watson Park and the Huron Natural Area. Former students Sal Spitale, and Katelyn Inlow began the work.