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Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere

Human societies have been transforming Earth's ecology for millennia. Anthroecology theory explains why behaviorally modern human societies, unlike those of 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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Shaping Nature on a Human Planet

Landscapes of the Anthropocene: Program 2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. November 22, 2016. Washington, DC USA [abstract] [facebook video]

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Shaping Nature on a Human Planet with Erle Ellis

Featuring Erle Ellis, Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County— Live from Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Posted by Smithsonian Magazine on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ecology in a Human Biosphere

Friday Evening Lecture Series – Glassman Lecture, Marine Biological Laboratory. August 14, 2015, Woods Hole, MA, USA. [Video]

Anthroecosystems (fig 2)