Soils and Landscape Restoration

Soils and Landscape Restoration

1st Edition - October 24, 2020

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  • Editors: John Stanturf, Mac Callaham
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131947
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131930

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Soils and Landscape Restoration provides a multidisciplinary synthesis on the sustainable management and restoration of soils in various landscapes. The book presents applicable knowledge of above- and below-ground interactions and biome specific realizations along with in-depth investigations of particular soil degradation pathways. It focuses on severely degraded soils (e.g., eroded, salinized, mined) as well as the restoration of wetlands, grasslands and forests. The book addresses the need to bring together current perspectives on land degradation and restoration in soil science and restoration ecology to better incorporate soil-based information when restoration plans are formulated.

Key Features

  • Incudes a chapter on climate change and novel ecosystems, thus collating the perspective of soil scientists and ecologists on this consequential and controversial topic
  • Connects science to international policy and practice
  • Includes summaries at the end of each chapter to elucidate principles and key points


Restoration practitioners at all levels; soil scientists; forest, landscape, and soil ecologists; land managers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Soils are Fundamental to Landscape Restoration
    2. Soil Ecology and Restoration Science
    3. Sustaining Forest Soil Quality and Productivity
    4. Sustainable Management of Grassland Soils
    5. Landscape Degradation and Restoration
    6. Soil Recovery and Reclamation of Mined Lands
    7. Salinity and the Reclamation of Salinized Lands
    8. Biochar for the restoration and rehabilitation of managed systems
    9. Bioremediation and Soils
    10. Adaptive management of landscapes for climate change: How soils influence the assisted migration of plants
    11. Soils and Restoration of Forested Landscapes
    12. Restoring Fire to Forests: Contrasting the Effects on Soils of Prescribed Fire and Wildfire;
    13. Converting Agricultural Lands into Heathlands: The Relevance of Soil Processes
    14. Socioecological Soil Restoration in Urban Cultural Landscapes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 24, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131947
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131930

About the Editors

John Stanturf

Dr Stanturf is a visiting Professor, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences and Retired Senior Scientist, US Forest Service. His research focuses on forest landscape restoration, disturbance ecology, climate change adaptation, and bioenergy. He earned MSc and PhD Forest Soils from Cornell University. Awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Distinguished Science Award from the Chief of the Forest Service, and the Distinguished Service Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). He has conducted research in temperate and tropical forests in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He also worked on REDD+, climate change vulnerability, and related issues in Africa through consultancies with the US Agency for International Development. He continues to consult and conduct training through IUFRO on Forest Landscape Restoration in support of the Bonn Challenge and on sustainable forestry through InNovaSilva Aps, a Danish consulting firm.

Affiliations and Expertise

Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

Mac Callaham

Mac Callaham is a Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Athens, Georgia. He has 25 years’ experience of working in soil ecology with projects ranging from agroecology to ecotoxicology to grassland and forest restoration and management. Following graduate school at Kansas State University, he held post-doctoral positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2000-01), and with the USDA Forest Service at Clemson University (2001-03). In 2005, Callaham became a Team Leader within the Center for Forest Disturbance Science, a unit of the Forest Service’s Southern Research Station In 2005, Callaham was awarded the Southern Research Station Director’s Award for Early Career Scientists. Having long been interested in international research, Callaham was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2010 to participate in research in southern Brazil with a focus on restoration of Atlantic rainforest ecosystems. In 2014, he received a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists appointment from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to instruct a course on soil ecology at the Northeast Institute for Agroecology and Geography in Changchun, China. Callaham serves on the editorial board for Applied Soil Ecology, and had been guest editor for peer-reviewed special issues of the journals Pedobiologia, Applied Soil Ecology and Restoration Ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Athens, GA, USA

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