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Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology





Dandois, J. P., M. Baker, M. Olano, G. G. Parker, and E. C. Ellis. 2017. What is the point? Evaluating the structure, color, and semantic traits of computer vision point clouds of vegetation. Remote Sensing 9:355. [download].


Margulies, J.D., Magliocca, N.R., Schmill, M.D., Ellis, E.C. 2016 Ambiguous Geographies: Connecting Case Study Knowledge with Global Change Science. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106(3):572-596 [download].


Ellis, E.C. 2015. Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere. Ecological Monographs 85(3)287–331. [download] [Anthroecology Project]

Dandois, J.,M. Olano, and E.C. Ellis. 2015. Optimal Altitude, Overlap, and Weather Conditions for Computer Vision UAV Estimates of Forest Structure. Remote Sensing 7(10): 13895-13920. [download]

Dandois, J.P., D. Nadwodny, E. Anderson, A. Bofto, M. Baker, and E.C. Ellis. 2015. Forest census and map data for two temperate deciduous forest edge woodlot patches in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Ecology 96:1734-1734. [download]

Zahawi, R., J.P. Dandois, K.D. Holl, D. Nadwodny, L.J. Reid, and E.C. Ellis. 2015. Using lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor tropical forest recovery. Biological Conservation 186:287–295. [download]

Ellis, E.C. 2015. Too big for nature. Pages 24-31 in B. A. Minteer and S. J. Pyne, editors. After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. [download]


Ellis, E.C. 2014. Ecologies of the Anthropocene: Global upscaling of social-ecological infrastructures. Pages 20-27 in D. Ibanez and N. Katsikis, editors. New Geographies #6: Grounding Metabolism. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA. [download]

Magliocca, N., T. Rudel, P. Verburg, W. McConnell, O. Mertz, K. Gerstner, A. Heinimann, and E. Ellis. 2014. Synthesis in land change science: methodological patterns, challenges, and guidelines. Regional Environmental Change 15(2):211-226. [download]

Ellis, E.C. 2014. (Anthropogenic Taxonomies) A Taxonomy of the Human Biosphere. Pages 168-182 in C. Reed and N.-M. Lister, editors. Projective Ecologies. Actar. [download]

Magliocca, N.R., D.G. Brown, and E.C. Ellis. 2014. Cross-Site Comparison of Land-Use Decision-Making and Its Consequences across Land Systems with a Generalized Agent-Based Model. PLoS ONE 9:e86179. [download] [blog post]


Ellis, E. C., D. Q. Fuller, J. O. Kaplan, and W. G. Lutters. 2013. Dating the Anthropocene: Towards an empirical global history of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 1(1):000018.  [download]

Ellis, E. C. 2013. Sustaining biodiversity and people in the world's anthropogenic biomes. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5:368–372. [download].

Magliocca, N. R., D. G. Brown, and E. C. Ellis. 2013. Exploring Agricultural Livelihood Transitions with an Agent-Based Virtual Laboratory: Global Forces to Local Decision-Making. PLoS ONE 8:e73241. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073241. [download] [blog post: Exploring Land-Livelihood Transitions]

Dandois, J. P. and E. C. Ellis. 2013. High spatial resolution three-dimensional mapping of vegetation spectral dynamics using computer vision. Remote Sensing of Environment 136:259-276. [download] [blog post]

Ellis, E. C., J. O. Kaplan, D. Q. Fuller, S. Vavrus, K. Klein Goldewijk, and P. H. Verburg. 2013. Used Planet: A Global History. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(20):7978-7985. [download] [blog post]

Magliocca, N. R. and E. C. Ellis. 2013. Using Pattern-oriented Modeling (POM) to Cope with Uncertainty in Multi-scale Agent-based Models of Land Change. Transactions in GIS 17(1): 883-900. [download]


DeFries, R., E. Ellis, F. S. Chapin III, P. Matson, B. L. Turner II, Arun Agrawal, P. Crutzen, C. Field, P. Gleick, P. Kareiva, E. Lambin, E. Ostrom, P. Sanchez, J. Syvitski, and D. Liverman. 2012. Planetary Opportunities: A Social Contract for Global Change Science to Contribute to a Sustainable Future. BioScience 62(6):603-606. [download]

Martin, L. J., B. Blossey, and E. Ellis. 2012. Mapping where ecologists work: Biases in the global distribution of terrestrial ecological observations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10(4):195-201. [download]

Ellis, E. C., E. C. Antill, and H. Kreft. 2012. All is not loss: plant biodiversity in the Anthropocene. PLoS ONE 7:e30535. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030535. [download] [maps & data] [blog post: All is not loss: Plant Biodiversity in the Anthropocene]


Verburg, Peter H., Erle C. Ellis and Aurelien Letourneau. 2011. A global assessment of market accessibility and market influence for global environmental change studies. Environmental Research Letters 6:034019. [download]

Prosser, D. J., J. Wu, E. C. Ellis, F. Gale, T. P. Van Boeckel, W. Wint, T. Robinson, X. Xiao, and M. Gilbert. 2011. Modelling the distribution of chickens, ducks, and geese in China. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 141:381-389. [download]

Ellis, E. C. 2011.  Anthropogenic transformation of the terrestrial biosphere. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 369(1938):1010-1035. [download]

Kaplan, J. O., Krumhardt, K. M., Ellis, E. C., Ruddiman, W. F., Lemmen, C. & Klein Goldewijk, K. 2011. Holocene carbon emissions as a result of anthropogenic land cover change. The Holocene 21(5):775-791. [download]


Ellis, E. C., K. Klein Goldewijk, S. Siebert, D. Lightman, and N. Ramankutty. 2010. Anthropogenic transformation of the biomes, 1700 to 2000. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(5):589–606. [download] [Online Appendices] [blog post: The Biosphere we created: 1700 to 2000]

Dandois, J. P. and E. C. Ellis. 2010. Remote sensing of vegetation structure using computer vision. Remote Sensing 2(4):1157-1176. [download]

Wu, J., Cheng, X., Jiao, J., Xiao, H., Yang, L., Wang, H., Zhang, F. & Ellis, E. C. (2010) Long-term changes in area and soil total nitrogen and total phosphorus storage in croplands of the densely populated village landscapes of China's Yangtze Plain. Acta Ecologica Sinica 30(23):6309-6322. [in Chinese: 武俊喜,程序,焦加国,肖红生,杨林章,王洪庆,张福锁,Ellis, Erle C. 2010. 中耕地类型及其土壤氮磷储量的变化. 生态学报 30(23):6309-6322] [download]

Wu, J.-X., X. Cheng, J. G. Jiao, H.-S. Xiao, L.-Z. Yang, H. Wang, F. Zhang, and E. C. Ellis. 2010. Changes in land use and land cover and soil organic carbon storage in the densely populated village landscapes of China’s Yangtze Plain from 1940s to 2002 (in Chinese). Acta Ecologica Sinica 30(6):1397-1411. [in Chinese: 武俊喜,程序,焦加国,肖红生,杨林章,王洪庆,张福锁,Ellis Erle C..2010. 1940—2002 年长江中下游平原乡村景观区域中土地利用覆被及其土壤有机碳储量变化.生态学报 30(6):1397-1411][download]

Jiao, J., E. C. Ellis, I. Yesilonis, J. Wu, H. Wang, H. Li, and L. Yang. 2010. Distributions of soil phosphorus in
China's densely populated village landscapes. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10(3):461-472. [download]

Jiao, J.G., Yang, L.Z., Wu, J.X., Wang, H., and E. C. Ellis. 2010. Land use and soil organic carbon in China's agricultural village landscapes. Pedosphere 20(1):1-14. [download]


Ruddiman, W. F. and E. C. Ellis. 2009. Effect of per-capita land use changes on Holocene forest clearance and CO2 emissions. Quaternary Science Reviews 28(27-28):3011-3015. [download] [blog post: Burning the biosphere before you were born]

Ellis, E. C. and P. K. Haff. 2009. Earth Science in the Anthropocene: New Epoch, New Paradigm, New Responsibilities. EOS Transactions 90(49):473. [download] [blog post: On Doctoring the Planet]

Ellis, E. C., N. Neerchal, K. Peng, H. S. Xiao, H. Wang, Z. Yan, S. C. Li, J. X. Wu, J. G. Jiao, H. Ouyang, X. Cheng, and L. Z. Yang. 2009. Estimating long-term changes in China's village landscapes. Ecosystems 12 (2):279-297. [download] [blog post: China’s villages are changing the world]

Wu, J.-X., X. Cheng, H.-S. Xiao, H. Wang, L.-Z. Yang, and E. C. Ellis. 2009. Agricultural Landscape Change in China's Yangtze Delta, 1942 to 2002: A Case Study. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 129:523-533. [download] [blog post: Dynamics of village change in China's Yangtze Delta]


Ellis, E. C. and N. Ramankutty. 2008. Putting people in the map: anthropogenic biomes of the world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(8):439-447. [download] [blog post: Anthromes on the cover of Frontiers in Ecology]

Wu, J. X., J. G. Jiao, H. S. Xiao, H. Q. Wang, L. Z. Yang, X. Cheng, and Ellis, E.C.. 2008. Landscape structure, management and soil total nitrogen, total phosphorus in the densely populated rural landscapes of China's Yangtze Plain (in Chinese). Acta Ecologica Sinica 28(8):3606-3617. [in Chinese: 武俊喜, 焦加国, 肖红生, 王洪庆, 杨林章, 程序, Ellis Erle C. 2006. 长江平原区乡村景观的结构、管理及其对土壤氮磷的影响. 生态学报 28(8):3606-3617]. [download]


Jiao, J.G., Li, H.X., Wu, J.X., Yang, L.Z., and Ellis, E.C. 2007. Soil organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus distribution in the densely populated village landscapes of different hilly regions (in Chinese). Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 18(7):1471-1478.  [in Chinese: 焦加国, 杨林章, 武俊喜, 李辉信, Ellis, Erle C. 2007. 我国人口密集的典型丘陵区乡村景观中土壤碳、氮、磷的研究. 应用生态学报 18(7):1471-1478.][download]

Jiao, J. G., J. X. Wu, H. X. Li, L. Z. Yang, H. S. Xiao, and Ellis, E. C.. 2007. Soil quality in relationship to land use/land cover in landscape at a village level in Hilly Regions South China (in Chinese). Acta Pedologica Sinica 44(2):204-211.[in Chinese: 焦加国, 武俊喜, 李辉信, 杨林章, 肖红生, and Ellis, Erle C. 2007. 华南丘陵区村级景观下土地利用/ 土地 覆盖对土壤质量的影响. 土壤学报 44(2):204-211.][download]

Jiao, J., L. Yang, J. Wu, H. Li, and Ellis, E.C.. 2007. Soil organic carbon distribution in densely populated village landscape of different regions (in Chinese). Acta Ecologica Sinica  27(5):1969-1977. [in Chinese: 焦加国, 杨林章, 武俊喜, 李辉信, Ellis, Erle C.. 2007. 不同区域的人口密集农村地区土壤有机碳的分布. 生态学报 27(5):1969-1977.] [download]


Ellis, E. C., and Wang, H. 2006. Estimating area errors for fine-scale feature-based ecological mapping. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27(21):4731-4749. [download]

Ellis E. C., H. Wang, H. Xiao, K. Peng, X. P. Liu, S. C. Li, H. Ouyang, X. Cheng, and L. Z. Yang. 2006. Measuring long-term ecological changes in densely populated landscapes using current and historical high resolution imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 100(4):457-473. [download]

Wu J.X., Jiao J.G., Xiao H.S., Cheng X., Yang L.Z. and Ellis E.C.. 2006. Landscape structure, management and soil organic carbon in the densely populated village landscapes of China's Yangtze Delta Plain. Acta Ecologica Sinica 26(12):4135-4147. [in Chinese: 武俊喜, 焦加国, 肖红生, 王洪庆, 程序, 杨林章, Ellis Erle C. 2006. 长江下游平原区乡村景观的结构、管理 和土壤有机碳研究. 生态学报 26(12): 4135-4147]. [download]

Jiao, J.G., Wu, J.X., Yang, L.Z., Li, H.X. and Ellis, E.C. 2006. Effects of land use on soil total nitrogen and phosphorus in different densely populated village landscapes (in Chinese). Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (China) 20(3): 97-101. [in Chinese: 焦加国, 武俊喜, 杨林章,李辉信, Ellis. E.C. 2006. 不同区域人口密集的乡村景观中土地利用对土壤氮磷的影响. 水土保持学报 20(3): 97-101.][download]


Wang, H., and E. C. Ellis. 2005. The effect of image misregistration on feature-based change measurements. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 71(9):1037-1044. [download]

Wang, H., and E. C. Ellis. 2005. Spatial accuracy of orthorectified IKONOS imagery and historical aerial photographs across five sites in China. International Journal of Remote Sensing 26(9):1893-1911. [download]

Li, S. C., W. C. Liu, X. Cheng, and E. C. Ellis. 2005. Pattern analysis of village landscapes in the Sichuan Basin Hilly Region based on high resolution IKONOS remote sensing (in Chinese). Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 16:1830-1837. [in Chinese: 李首成, 刘文全, 程序, E. C. Ellis. 2005. 基于高分辨率卫星图的川中丘陵区村级景观格局特征研究. 应用生态学报  16(10):1830-1837]

Ruan, R. Z., and E. C. Ellis. 2005. An illustrative study on local landscape based on IKONOS (in Chinese). Remote Sensing Information (3):14-17. [in Chinese: 阮仁宗, E. C. Ellis. 2005. 利用IKONOS进行局部景观生态研究. 遥感信息 (3):14-17.]  


Ellis, E. C. 2004. Long-term ecological changes in the densely populated rural landscapes of China. Pages 303-320 in R. S. DeFries, G. P. Asner, and R. A. Houghton, editors. Ecosystems and Land Use Change. Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 153. American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC. [download]

Ruan, R. Z., and E. C. Ellis. 2004. An illustrative study on local landscape and its long-term changes based on IKONOS and historical aerial photo. Chinese Geographical Science 14:162-169.