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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 | 0 Comments

Not only do humans burn away forests to enhance their food supply, they also do it when they battle each other!  Or so says a study published by Zhen Li and his colleagues this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Li et al. 2009).  By linking a careful investig... [More]

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Methods »

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 almost anyone can use.  To see some examples, I've just updated our 3D landscapes page-... [More]

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Global Change, Land use »

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 1 Comments

For thousands of years, humans have been changing global climate, maybe even helping us avert the next ice age, all long before the Industrial Revolution.  Interested?  Then you should read Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate by Paleoclimatologist Bill Ruddima... [More]

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Methods »

Monday, June 15, 2009 | 8 Comments

I 'm a professor of environmental science at UMBC and have been experimenting with Amazon’s Kindle DX since Friday (June 12, 2009).  When the Kindle DX was first announced in May, I was very excited by the possibility of reading journal articles and other materials in Adobe Acro... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Friday, May 8, 2009 | 11 Comments

Millennia ago, our species reshaped the ecology of this planet and we have continued to reshape it ever more rapidly and intensively ever since.  Today, we directly use or alter nearly all of earth’s terrestrial ecosystems- the rest we alter indirectly through climate change.  I... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Saturday, March 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Finally some good news about global change: globalization is making us cooperate!  This is no minor discovery.  Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss- all of these will only be solved when all of the people of all nations collaborate sustainably in doing ... [More]

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Methods »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 1 Comments

Now you can be your own remote sensing platform on the cheap - in 3D!  Microsoft’s Photosynth application (installs in your browser) allows anyone to combine pictures taken from any angle from the ground or kite, balloon or radio-controlled airplane- what have you- and make a geometricall... [More]

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Anthromes, Ecosystems, Land use »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 1 Comments

Here is an open question to the group and readers:Is there a typical human habitat, and if so, what does it look like?More than likely, there is a distribution of different habitat types that humans occupy at a global, regional, and even local levels, but perhaps there are some common patterns. ...; [More]