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Ecosystems, Global Change »

[19 Jan 2009 | 0 Comments]

The Biosphere is home to all life on Earth.  Now that we humans are living in and/or using almost all of it, the future of the biosphere is in our hands.  Keeping human influence out of the biosphere is no longer a relevant conservation strategy.  At this point in history, the onl... [More]

Ecosystems, Land use »

[14 Jan 2009 | 0 Comments]

Conservation of biodiversity requires the conservation of habitat, and for a long time, this has meant preserving the largest possible "pristine" habitats and excluding humans.  Now that humans have fragmented most of earth's landscapes into mosaics that combine... [More]

Ecosystems, Land use »

[14 Jan 2009 | 3 Comments]

Humans have been using fire since prehistory- indeed, it is one of our defining characteristics -distinguishing us from all other species. There is little doubt that burning of forests to attract game and later, to clear land for agriculture have had long-term global impacts on climate and... [More]

Ecosystems, Land use »

[14 Jan 2009 | 4 Comments]

An interesting new historical study of forest cover change in China from 1700 to present reveals that up to the 1960s, deforestation prevailed, while since the 1960s, forests have been recovering. Read the paper by Fanneng He et al., in the (Chinese) Journal of Geographical Sciences, here (may ... [More]

Land use, Ecosystems, Sustainability »

[27 Dec 2008 | 0 Comments]

China's Yangtze Delta (also known as the Tai Lake Region) is home to some of the world's most ancient anthropogenic landscapes.  Rice was likely domesticated here 8,500 years ago, and the region's nickname "land of fish and rice" sums up it's long history of ... [More]

Anthromes, Ecosystems, Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

[8 Oct 2008 | 0 Comments]

At last!  After nearly one year online, my paper with Navin Ramankutty introducing Anthropogenic Biomes (Anthromes), is now in print in the October issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  Even better, it is on the cover! The paper can be viewed online (with permission) at ... [More]

Ecosystems, Global Change, Sustainability »

[26 Aug 2008 | 0 Comments]

We live in interesting times.  We've now realized that our activities are changing global climate and thereby harming both ourselves and the rest of the biosphere.  And we are begining to do something about it.  International efforts are assessing and attempting to manage our climate-... [More]