Apps can help bridge restoration science and restoration practice

Katie P. Sperry, Allison K. Shaw, Lauren L. Sullivan

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Scientists need to find innovative ways to communicate their findings with restoration practitioners in an era of global change. Apps are a promising bridge between restoration science and practice because they apply broad scientific concepts to specific situations. For example, habitat connectivity promotes ecological function, but practitioners lack ways to incorporate connectivity into decision-making. We created an app where users calculate how habitat restoration or loss affects connectivity. By providing our app as an example and discussing the benefits and challenges in creating apps for practitioners, we encourage other restoration ecologists to similarly create apps that bridge science with practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)934-937
Number of pages4
JournalRestoration Ecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by an LCCMR ENTRF Grant (M.L. 2016, Chp. 186, Sec. 2, Subd. 08b).


  • R shiny
  • digital tools
  • habitat connectivity
  • habitat restoration
  • network analysis
  • web applications


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