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

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April 2006

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

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.

Portrait

Paul A. Delcourt is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Hazel R. Delcourt is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Pressestimmen

'... the book is a welcome addition to the study on human ecosystems in prehistoric times ... [it] merits attention as an important study in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology.' International Studies
EAN: 9780521662703
ISBN: 0521662702
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Ecology ('. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2006
Seitenanzahl: 216 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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