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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 …

Blogging on!

March 25, 2015 – 1:29 am
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The Human Landscapes Blog is back! Last year, I began an upgrade to WordPress – and got stuck- much harder than expected.  More importantly, after starting to use twitter (@erleellis, @ecosynth, @globalyzer), I’d basically stopped blogging.
Yet, I’d been …

On the Passing of a Great Mentor

February 16, 2014 – 4:53 am
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Roger M. Spanswick, Professor of Plant Biology, chair of my Ph.D. and undergraduate advisor, died on February 12, 2014 at the age of 74.
Roger Spanswick mentored me through some of the biggest transitions in my …

Thinking Systems

December 16, 2011 – 11:34 pm
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As the fate of the Earth system becomes ever more intertwined with human systems, “thinking in systems” has become more essential than ever. I’ve read books on systems theory (e.g. Allen & Hoekstra 1993), but …

Building a Toolbox for Global Thinking

September 6, 2011 – 10:24 pm
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Acting locally: no problem. Thinking globally: big problem! To solve global problems, we need global understanding of local change. Yet no matter how hard we try, it remains extremely difficult to think globally. Even in …

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: …

China’s villages are changing the world

January 8, 2010 – 8:35 pm
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If you still think of rural China as remote, traditional, and unchanged for millennia, think again. China’s ancient village landscapes are among the most dynamic and densely populated on Earth, with a global extent more …

Carbonware: Googling forests, Windows on your carbon

December 18, 2009 – 7:36 pm
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With carbon, climate and COP 15 in the news, Google and Microsoft are now battling over carbon mindshare, introducing the latest web-based “Carbonware” designed to help combat carbon emissions and global warming. These add to …

Tools for the Carbon Economy

October 26, 2009 – 5:01 pm
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By Jonathan Dandois
Will the census of the future ask homeowners how many trees they have on their property?
With humanity now faced with a changing climate under even the most stringent efforts to reduce carbon emissions, …

It’s a synthy world!

July 4, 2009 – 9:50 am
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by Jonathan Dandois
The real world is 3-dimensional. And so is real ecology! To improve our ability to observe and measure the ecology of landscapes in 3D, we are exploring a variety of new tools that …