Phylogenetic diversity—a measure of the degree of relatedness within a community, across the evolutionary tree of life—is an important component of biodiversity that has only recently been applied to the study of restoration. Phylogenetic diversity is thought to be predictive of many ecosystem functions that are also restoration objectives, such as plant productivity and resistance to invasion.
Restoring native habitats such as tallgrass prairie, deciduous woodlands, and wetlands is a core element in our research and action efforts. Central to the success of restoration, is solid science that guides the identification of restoration best practices. Thus, our focus is on the science of conservation and restoration.