Erle C. Ellis, Professional Activities

American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting

San Francisco, California, December 15-19, 2008

GC20: Earth System Science and Education in an Anthropogenic Biosphere

Humans have now irreversibly reshaped global patterns of ecosystem structure and functioning across most of the terrestrial biosphere. Yet many scientists and educators continue to represent biospheric patterns using biome classifications and other systems that either ignore humans altogether or that simplify human influence into a few dimensions of human disturbance, impact or domination. Earth system science would benefit greatly by adopting a more robust model of the terrestrial biosphere that incorporates humans as essential shapers, caretakers and components of ecosystems within an anthropogenic biosphere. This symposium will describe the rich global diversity of anthropogenic ecosystem pattern and process and will describe current efforts to develop improved data, models and investigations of anthropogenic ecosystem processes and their changes at global and regional scales, toward the goal of encouraging mainstream scientists and educators to embrace human interaction with ecosystems as an essential and permanent part of the terrestrial biosphere.

Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Navin Ramankutty, McGill University


GC11:The Anthropocene: A New Epoch of Geological Time Caused by Humans

Jan Zalasiewicz, University of Leicester
Mark Williams, University of Leicester

GC22B: Earth System Science and Education for the Anthropocene II: Talks

Stages of the Anthropocene: Assessing the Human Impact on the Earth System
W Steffen, P Crutzen, J McNeill, K A Hibbard

Climate Model Tests Of Anthropogenic Influence On Greenhouse-Induced Climate Change: The Role Of Plant Physiology Feedbacks
G Philippon
, S Vavrus, J E Kutzbach, W F Ruddiman

Biosphere Lost: Rethinking the Study of Global Environmental Systems

The role of academic research in managing a transition to a sustainable biosphere
P A Matson

Enhancing Natural Capital across the Biosphere
G Daily
, H Tallis, J Goldstein, E Nelson, S Polasky INVITED

GC11A: Earth System Science and Education for the Anthropocene I: Posters

K Klein Goldewijk
Holocene = Anthropocene? The HYDE database for integrated global change research over the past 12,000 years

D Zaks
, J Foley
No Free Lunch – Trading Away Ecosystem Services from Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon

J Zalasiewicz
, M Williams, A Haywood, A C Kerr, P Pearson, A Smith, T L Barry, A Coe, P R Bown, P Brenchley, A Gale, P Gibbard, F J Gregory, M Hounslow, R Knox, J Powell, C Waters, J Marshall, M Oates, P Rawson, P Stone
Stratigraphy of the Anthropocene

E C Ellis
, D Lightman, K Klein Goldewijk, N Ramankutty
Anthropogenic Transformation of the Biomes, 1700 to 2000

M G Davis
, D S Chapman
Warming of the Continents in the Anthropocene

J Dandois
Changes in Soil Organic Matter Related to Suburban Growth Into Agricultural and Forested Areas

A Schneider
Friend or Foe? Urbanization and the Biosphere

J Voelkel
, S Doetterl, A Schneider, M Leopold, K Huerkamp, A Hilgers
Development of a Spacious (Pre- and Proto) Historic Inland Dune Landscape in Lower Bavaria, Germany

B Lehner
Improved Data, Models and Investigations of Anthropogenic Effects on Freshwater Ecosystems at a Global Scale

R He
, H Jin, W Ma, G Cheng
Recent Changes of Permafrost and Cold Regions Environments in the Northern Part of Northeastern China

R Licker
, M Johnston, J A Foley, N Ramankutty
From the ground up: The role of climate versus management on global crop yield patterns

M A Kruge
Organic Chemostratigraphic Markers Characteristic of the (Informally Designated) Anthropocene Epoch