Erle C. Ellis, Professional Activities

94th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting

August 2 - 7, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico

OOS 41: Global Ecology in the 21st Century

Sustaining an Anthropogenic Biosphere

Humans have now irreversibly reshaped ecosystem processes and biodiversity across most of the terrestrial biosphere. Yet ecological scientists, educators and the public continue to understand the biosphere in terms of conventional biome systems and other representations of the biosphere that either ignore humans altogether or that simplify human influence into a few dimensions of disturbance, impact or domination. To guide sustainable management of the biosphere in the future, ecologists and educators need to rebuild ecological science and education on a framework that incorporates humans not only as destroyers of natural systems, but as the essential and permanent reshapers, conservators and managers of the biosphere at local, regional and global scales.

 Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


1:30 PM

Richard V. Pouyat, USDA Forest Service.

The interaction between urban land-use and climate change

1:50 PM

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

Anthropogenic biomes: A new framework for global ecology

2:10 PM

Ruth DeFries, Columbia University, Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Observing the terrestrial biosphere and its changes


2:30 PM

Walter Jetz, University of California, San Diego
Species-level global change ecology in the face of an ever-growing gap between environmental and ecological knowledge

2:50 PM

Michael A. Huston, Texas State University, Steve Wolverton, University of North Texas
The global distribution of ecosystem sustainability and net primary productivity


3:10 PM Break


3:20 PM

 Lilian Alessa, University of Alaska Anchorage, Andrew Kliskey, University of Alaska Anchorage
Rethinking the ecology of social ecological systems


3:40 PM

 Simon Blanchet, University Paul Sabatier, Gael Grenouillet, University Paul Sabatier, Olivier Beauchard, University of Antwerp, Thierry Oberdorff, Institut de Recherche pour le DĂ©veloppement, Sebastien Brosse, University Paul Sabatier
Biological invasions shape the worldwide pattern of freshwater fish body size: The Bergmann’s nightmare


4:00 PM

Heather M. Leslie, Brown University, Karen L. McLeod, COMPASS and Oregon State University

Conserving marine ecosystem services in a changing world


4:20 PM

 C. Restrepo, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Miriam Janette Gonzalez, Region Frontera Sur, Juan Carlos Castro-Hernandez, Region Frontera Sur 

Landslides, natural protected areas, and the long-term management of mountainscapes: Emerging challenges from the study of the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico

4:40 PM

Charles A. Hall, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Relation of energy supplies and energy return on investment to a global sustainable society