Annual Fall Symposium

63rd Annual Fall Symposium
Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere

Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
October 7-8, 2016

Organizing committee: J. Leighton Reid, James Aronson, Peter Hoch, and James Miller

The 2016 Symposium will present contemporary perspectives on the science, technology, and human dimensions of the rapidly expanding field of ecological restoration. In the post-COP21 world, when all three UN Conventions call for scaling up and mainstreaming of ecological restoration, it is clear that restoration programs will affect hundreds of millions of hectares – and as many people – over the coming decades. At the same time, we find ourselves in an era of unprecedented change where climate, ecological baselines, and future land-use changes are highly uncertain. This symposium will address key questions including: How are restoration ecologists, practitioners, and policy makers addressing these challenges? And what do these challenges mean for countries striving to meet ambitious restoration targets? In addition to featuring an outstanding slate of speakers, the Symposium will be moderated by Paddy Woodworth, author of “Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century”.

Paddy Woodworth Moderator:
Paddy Woodworth
(Dublin, Ireland)



James Aronson, Ph.D.

James Aronson (Missouri Botanical Garden) – Historically-based reference ecosystems help guide large-scale restoration work in a rapidly changing biosphere.

Karen Holl, Ph.D.
Karen Holl (University of California, Santa Cruz) – Research Directions in Neotropical Forest Restoration.

Pedro Brancalion, Ph.D.
Pedro Brancalion (University of São Paulo) – Linking science, technology, policy, and best practice.
Curt Meine, Ph.D.
Curt Meine (Center for Humans and Nature/Aldo Leopold Foundation) – Restoration and novel ecosystems: priority or paradox?

Robin Chazdon, Ph.D.
Robin Chazdon (University of Connecticut) – Landscape restoration, natural regeneration, and the forests of the future.

J. Leighton Reid, Ph.D.
J. Leighton Reid (Missouri Botanical Garden) – Achieving Longevity in Ecological Restoration.
Donald Falk, Ph.D.
Donald Falk (Keynote) (University of Arizona) – From Restoration to Resilience Ecology.

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