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Anthroecology


Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere

Human societies have been transforming Earth's ecology for millennia. Anthroecology theory explains why behaviorally modern humans, unlike any prior species, gained the capacity to transform the biosphere and the entire Earth system. Anthroecology theory couples human societies with the biosphere through evolutionary processes of sociocultural niche construction, supporting scientific efforts to investigate, understand, and address the ultimate causes of anthropogenic environmental change, not just the consequences, in an increasingly anthropogenic biosphere.

 

Core paper
Ellis, E.C. 2015. Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere. Ecological Monographs: 85(3):287–331 [download]

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