Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Developing Tools for Restoring Natural Resources

Restoring ecosystems and preventing extinction in the Pacific Islands are two daunting tasks for land managers. With such large numbers of Threatened and Endangered species and the vast amount of land that has been degraded thus far, effective long-term restoration relies on large-scale ecological restoration of landscapes. PIERC researchers are involved in the adaptive management of a number of ecosystems throughout the Pacific Islands.
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Date published: June 23, 2017
Status: Active

Thresholds to Restoration

Mesic forests of Hawai‘i island provide an ideal system for the study of forest restoration because they have a similar history to other tropical and subtropical forests globally, while maintaining a relatively simple species assemblage.  Many of these forests were cleared for grazing, and then later abandoned, to become dominated by pasture grasses that form competitive layers such that...

Date published: May 13, 2016
Status: Active

Restoration Ecology

Restoration of ecological systems in wildland areas often involves restoring species to habitats degraded by invasive plant and animal species.  Often, such invasive species exert community level impacts, such as direct competition, but may also alter ecosystem function. For example, invasive plants have been documented to alter fire regimes, soil nutrients and microbes, food webs, and/or...

Date published: May 13, 2016
Status: Completed

Disturbance Ecology, Geomorphology, and Plant Dynamics in Grass Invaded Sites, Hawai‘i

The Keamuku Maneuver Area (KMA) is a 9,227 ha. unit of Army Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawai‘i Island.  The Army’s mission at KMA is threatened by erosional processes that could make parts of the training area too hazardous or too degraded for sustained use.  These processes depend on vegetation dynamics and the nature of the soils underlying KMA.  Knowledge of the training area was ...