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James AronsonJames Aronson
Senior Scientist
Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development

office phone: + 1 (314) 577-9434

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1990
B.Sc., Washington University in Saint Louis, 1978
The inter-mingled sciences, philosophy, ethics, practices, economics, and policy aspects of ecological restoration and restoring natural capital. Plant ecology and biogeography, and all trees native to arid, semi-arid, and mediterranean-climate regions.
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Research Emphases Improving effectiveness and supporting greater integration of ecological restoration (ER) of degraded natural and semi-cultural ecosystems and the restoration of natural capital (RNC). As investment in landscape- and regional scale restoration efforts multiply, the interface between ER and RNC on the one hand, and sustainable use of resources, biodiversity conservation, environmental education, and capacity-building on the other hand, are essential to planetary health and human wellbeing.

Selected Publications

Articles and book chapters
Aronson, J., D. Simberloff, A. Ricciardi & N. Goodwin 2018. Restoration science does not need redefinition. Nature Ecology & Evolution. Cross, A.T., R. Young, P. Nevill, T. McDonald, K. Prach, J. Aronson, G.W. Wardell-Johnson & K.W. Dixon 2018. Appropriate aspirations for effective post-mining restoration and rehabilitation: a response to Kazmierczak et al. Environmental Earth Sciences 77:256. Reid, J.L. & J. Aronson 2017. Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere. Missouri Botanical Garden 102:185–187. Aronson, J., J.N. Blignaut, T.B. Aronson (2017) Conceptual frameworks and references for landscape-scale restoration: Reflecting back and looking forward. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 102:188-200. Moreno-Mateos, D., E. B. Barbier, P. C. Jones, H. P. Jones, J. Aronson, M.L. McCrackin, P. Meli, D. Montoya, J. M. Rey Benayas, 2017. Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt. Nature Communications 8, 14163 doi: 10.1038/ncomms14163. Aronson, J., T. B. Aronson, M. A. Patzelt, S. Knees, G. Lewis, D. Lupton, H. Taifour, M.F. Gardner, H. Thompson, S. Al Hatmi & A.W. Al Khulaidi 2016. Paleorelicts or archaeophytes: enigmatic trees in the Middle East. J. Arid Environments 137: 69-82. Aronson, J., C. M. Blatt, T. B. Aronson. 2016. Restoring ecosystem health to improve human health and well-being: physicians and restoration ecologists unite in a common cause. Ecology and Society 21 (4):39. Aronson, J., A. Clewell, D. Moreno-Mateos 2016. Ecological restoration and ecological engineering: Complementary or indivisable? Ecological Engineering 91:392-395. Chaves, R., G. Durigan, P. Brancalion, J. Aronson 2015. On the need of legal frameworks for assessing restoration projects success: new perspectives from São Paulo state (Brazil). Restoration Ecology 23:754-759. Moreno-Mateos, D., P. Meli, M.I. Vara Rodriguez, J. Aronson 2015. Similar responses to different intervention approaches in restored and created wetland ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1528–1537. Murcia, C., J. Aronson, G. Kattan, D. Moreno-Mateos, K. Dixon, D. Simberloff 2014. A critique of the ´novel ecosystem´ concept. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29:548-553. Neßhöver, C., J. Aronson, J.N. Blignaut, D. Lehr, A. Vakrou, H. Wittmer 2011. Investing in Ecological Infrastructure. In: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in National and International Policy Making. Edited by Patrick ten Brink. Earthscan, London and Washington, D.C. Pp. 401-448. Aronson, J. 2011. Sustainability science demands that we define our terms across diverse disciplines. Landscape Ecology 26:457-460. Bugalho, M.N., M.C. Caldeira, J.S. Pereira, J. Aronson, J.G. Pausas 2011. Human-shaped Cork oak savannas require human use to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment 9:278-286. Aronson, J., J.N. Blignaut, S.J. Milton, D. le Maitre, K. Esler, A. Limouzin, C. Fontaine, M. de Wit, W. Mugido, P. Prinsloo, L. van der Elst , N. Lederer 2010. Are socio-economic benefits of restoration adequately quantified? A meta-analysis of recent papers (2000-2008) in Restoration Ecology and 12 other scientific journals. Restoration Ecology 18:143-154. de Groot, R., B. Fisher, M. Christie, J. Aronson, L. Braat, R. Haines-Young, J. Gowdy, E. Maltby, A. Neuville, S. Polasky, R. Portela, I. Ring 2010. Integrating the ecological and economic dimensions in biodiversity and ecosystem service valuation. In: TEEB Foundations: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations. Edited by Pushpam Kumar. Earthscan, London and Washington, D.C. Pp. 9-40. Clewell, A.F., J. Aronson 2006. Motivations for the Restoration of Ecosystems. Conservation Biology 20: 420-428. Aronson J., E. Le Floc'h 1996. Vital landscape attributes: missing tools for restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology 4: 377-387. Aronson J., C. Floret, E. Le Floc'h, C. Ovalle, R. Pontanier 1993. Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems. I. A view from the South. Restoration Ecology 1: 8-17.

L’Enfant, P., A. Gudefin, J. Aronson, P. Boissery, S. Fonbonne, G. Lecaillon 2016. Ecological Restoration of Fish Nurseries in Shallow Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean Basin. Guidelines and Principles. CREM-IEEM Editions. Perpignan, France. Clewell, A. F., J. Aronson 2013. Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession. 2nd Edition. Island Press, Washington, D.C. Van Andel, J., J. Aronson, Eds. 2012. Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier. 2nd Ed. Blackwell, Oxford. Blondel, J., J. Aronson, J.-Y. Bodiou, G. Bœuf 2010. The Mediterranean Basin - biological diversity in space and time. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. Aronson, J., S.J. Milton, J. Blignaut, Eds. 2007. Restoring Natural Capital: Science, Business and Practice. Island Press, Washington, DC. Aronson, J. 1989. HALOPH: Salt Tolerant Plants of the World a computerized global data base of halophytes with emphasis on their economic uses. University of Arizona Press: Tucson. (See also Halophytes).