Greater Consideration of Animals Will Enhance Coastal Restoration Outcomes

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Sievers, Michael
Brown, Christopher J
Buelow, Christina A
Hale, Robin
Ostrowski, Andria
Saunders, Megan
Silliman, Brian R
Swearer, Stephen E
Turschwell, Mischa P
Valdez, Stephanie R
Connolly, Rod M
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2022
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As efforts to restore coastal habitats accelerate, it is critical that investments are targeted to most effectively mitigate and reverse habitat loss and its impacts on biodiversity. One likely but largely overlooked impediment to effective restoration of habitat-forming organisms is failing to explicitly consider non-habitat-forming animals in restoration planning, implementation, and monitoring. These animals can greatly enhance or degrade ecosystem function, persistence, and resilience. Bivalves, for instance, can reduce sulfide stress in seagrass habitats and increase drought tolerance of saltmarsh vegetation, whereas megaherbivores can detrimentally overgraze seagrass or improve seagrass seed germination, depending on the context. Therefore, understanding when, why, and how to directly manipulate or support animals can enhance coastal restoration outcomes. In support of this expanded restoration approach, we provide a conceptual framework, incorporating lessons from structured decision-making, and describe potential actions that could lead to better restoration outcomes using case studies to illustrate practical approaches.

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BioScience

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72

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11

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© The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biac088

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Environmental management

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)

Ecology

Biological sciences

Environmental sciences

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Life Sciences & Biomedicine

Biology

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decision science

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Sievers, M; Brown, CJ; Buelow, CA; Hale, R; Ostrowski, A; Saunders, M; Silliman, BR; Swearer, SE; Turschwell, MP; Valdez, SR; Connolly, RM, Greater Consideration of Animals Will Enhance Coastal Restoration Outcomes, BioScience, 2022, 72 (11), pp. 1088-1098

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