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November 11, 2015 – 9:45 am

Why did behaviorally modern humans and no other multicellular species in the history of the Earth gain the capacity to transform an entire planet? Biology alone cannot explain this – Homo sapiens is just another …

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Anthroecology: A New Synthesis

November 11, 2015 – 9:45 am
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Why did behaviorally modern humans and no other multicellular species in the history of the Earth gain the capacity to transform an entire planet? Biology alone cannot explain this – Homo sapiens is just another …

All is not loss: Plant Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

January 18, 2012 – 5:56 pm
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What are we humans doing to biodiversity in the Anthropocene? Causing Earth’s sixth mass extinction? (e.g. Barnosky et al. 2011 and others). How about something completely new to biodiversity on this planet? How about a …

The Biosphere we created: 1700 to 2000

August 5, 2010 – 10:41 am
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“So how did the biosphere become anthropogenic anyway?” asked an astute audience member at my 2007 AGU presentation (powerpoint). I had just given a presentation on my work with Navin Ramankutty demonstrating that human populations …

An early history of rice

July 26, 2010 – 11:35 am
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When did rice change the planet? Rice is the most important food crop on earth, feeding more than half of all humans. Most is produced in Asia in the flooded paddy systems that form the …

On observing human nature

July 19, 2010 – 10:47 am
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Ecologists are studying the least human parts of the most human ecosystems and the most human parts of the wildest ecosystems while favoring the Temperate zone over the Tropics (Nature News Article by Zoë Corbyn: …

Used biosphere for sale (looks good on paper)

May 19, 2010 – 6:50 pm
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Looking for a new view of an old biosphere? Now, you can buy a wall-sized version of our first Anthropogenic Biomes map over at Maps.com. The map includes pictures of different anthromes and is based …

Getting in touch with your human ecosystem

January 31, 2010 – 4:10 pm
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Do you feel uneasy? Maybe your local ecosystem has taken a turn for the worse. According to ecopsycology, we humans suffer profound discomfort when our habitat feels like it is being degraded. As discussed in …

The remotest place on Earth

January 29, 2010 – 2:34 pm
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People are everywhere these days, but if you really want to “get away from it all”, the remotest place on Earth, aside from Antarctica, turns out to be Tibet. This from a New Scientist article …

The Nature within now matters most

July 23, 2009 – 10:28 am
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Should we conserve nature even if it is not wild? Humans have transformed 40% of earth’s ice-free land into crop fields, pastures and settlements, and have embedded another 37% within used and populated landscapes (anthromes). …

What is a human habitat?

March 13, 2009 – 6:50 pm
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by Jonathan Dandois
Here is an open question to the group and readers:
Is there a typical human habitat, and if so, what does it look like?
More than likely, there is a distribution of different habitat types …