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Land use, Ecosystems, Sustainability »

Saturday, December 27, 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]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use »

Thursday, December 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Early Anthropocene Hypothesis holds that human alteration of climate began with forest clearing and rice production more than 6 thousand years ago.  Here are my personal impressions of recent work supporting this hypothesis, from last week's annual meeting ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Sunday, December 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

A couple weeks ago, I was invited by UMBC to provide a new year's message to the world, in 100 words, prefaced with "In 2009, the world should resolve to…"Here is the video version of my new year's message:  And here are the 100 words:"In 2009, the world ... [More]

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Global Change, Land use »

Monday, October 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

At the end of August, my graduate adviser, Erle Ellis, was invited to a joint US-German conference in Berlin, Germany:  Tough Choices: Land Use under a Changing Climate. (http://www.nkgcf.org/usg08)  The NSF, which funded the US side, encouraged the "senior scientists" who were a... [More]

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

Wednesday, October 8, 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]

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Ecosystems, Global Change, Sustainability »

Tuesday, August 26, 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]

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Anthromes, Global Change »

Sunday, August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here is an interview about my work with anthropogenic biomes and opinions about sustainable management of the environment: http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/globalissues/demographic_change/urbanization/transforming_earth_nature_population_anthropogenic_biomes.html The reporter, Thil... [More]

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Anthromes »

Sunday, August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Appropriately enough, I'm going to begin with a thought that pushed me to start this blog, which I recorded on the morning of August 8, during the Ecological Society of America annual meetings in Milwaukee.  I was taking a break from the conference and reading an article in the New Yorker a... [More]