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: 0521662702

ISBN-13: 9780521662703

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Prehistoric Native American and Ecological Change shows that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans interacted with their environment in a nested series of spatial and temporal scales. Using panarchy theory, it integrates paleo-ecological and archaeological research from the Eastern Woodlands of North America, providing a new paradigm…  See more details below

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Prehistoric Native American and Ecological Change shows that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans interacted with their environment in a nested series of spatial and temporal scales. Using panarchy theory, it integrates paleo-ecological and archaeological research from the Eastern Woodlands of North America, providing a new paradigm to help resolve long-standing disagreements between ecologists and archaeologists about the importance of prehistoric Native Americans as agents for ecological change. The authors present the concept of a panarchy of complex adaptive cycles as applied to the development of increasingly complex human ecosystems through time. They explore examples of ecological interactions at the level of gene, population, community, landscape, and regional hierarchical scales, emphasizing the ecological pattern and process involving the development of human ecosystems. Finally, they offer a perspective on the implications of the legacy of Native Americans as agents of change for conservation and ecological restoration efforts today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521662703
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IPanarchy as an integrative paradigm1
1The need for a new synthesis3
2Panarchy theory and Quaternary ecosystems11
3Holocene human ecosystems18
Pt. IIEcological feedbacks and processes33
4Gene-level interactions36
5Population-level interactions51
6Community-level interactions74
7Landscape-level interactions90
8Regional-level interactions134
Pt. IIIApplication and synthesis161
9The ecological legacy of prehistoric Native Americans162

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