Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene

Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene

by Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521050766

ISBN-13: 9780521050760

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There has long been controversy between ecologists and archaeologists over the role of prehistoric Native Americans as agents of ecological change. Using ecological and archaeological data from the woodlands of eastern North America, Paul and Hazel Delcourt show that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans have interacted with the

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Overview

There has long been controversy between ecologists and archaeologists over the role of prehistoric Native Americans as agents of ecological change. Using ecological and archaeological data from the woodlands of eastern North America, Paul and Hazel Delcourt show that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans have interacted with the environment on a series of spatial and time scales. Their work therefore has important implications for the conservation of biological diversity and for ecological restoration today, making it of great interest to ecologists and archaeologists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521050760
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,178,350
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I. Panarchy as an Integrative Paradigm: Overview; 1. The need for a new synthesis; 2. Panarchy theory and Quaternary ecosystems; 3. Holocene human ecosystems; Part II. Ecological Feedbacks and Processes: Overview; 4. Gene-level interactions; 5. Population-level interactions; 6. Community-level interactions; 7. Landscape-level interactions; 8. Regional-level interactions; Part III. Application and Synthesis: Overview; 9. The ecological legacy of prehistoric Native Americans; References; Index.

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