People and the Land through Time: Linking Ecology and History

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All ecosystems have a history of past human impacts, some obvious, others subtle, Emily Russell contends in this fascinating exploration of historical ecology. To understand the lingering consequences of human history on current ecosystems and landscapes, and conversely to understand the role that changing environments have played in human history, the author urges an interdisciplinary approach. Different disciplines working together can develop information that none alone can provide. History matters for all ...
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Overview

All ecosystems have a history of past human impacts, some obvious, others subtle, Emily Russell contends in this fascinating exploration of historical ecology. To understand the lingering consequences of human history on current ecosystems and landscapes, and conversely to understand the role that changing environments have played in human history, the author urges an interdisciplinary approach. Different disciplines working together can develop information that none alone can provide. History matters for all manner of ecological and environmental studies, both theoretical and applied, says Russell, and integration of these disciplines can assist us in dealing responsibly with our role in the biosphere.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300068306
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Questions and Clues 1
1 History Hidden in the Landscape 3
2 The Written Record 19
3 Field Studies: Bringing Documentary Evidence Down to Earth 36
4 The Sedimentary Record 52
Pt. II The Diversity of Human Impacts on the Natural World 67
5 Fire: Mimicking Nature 69
6 Extending Species Ranges 89
7 The Forest as a Resource 108
8 Agriculture and Its Residual Effects 130
9 Historical Patterns of Human Settlement and Their Ecological Consequences 152
Pt. III Case Studies: Contributions of Historical Ecology to the Understanding of Ecological Issues 175
10 Human Modifications of Lake Ecosystems 177
11 Diversity and Species Extinctions 197
12 Biospheric Sustainability 217
13 Toward the Future: Research and Applications 237
Notes 247
Index 295
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