OOS 41 - Global Ecology in the 21st Century: Sustaining an Anthropogenic Biosphere

Thursday, August 6, 2009: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Blrm C, Albuquerque Convention Center
Organizer:
Erle Ellis
Moderator:
Erle Ellis
Humans have now irreversibly reshaped ecosystem processes and biodiversity across most of the terrestrial biosphere. Yet ecological scientists, educators and the public continue to understand the biosphere in terms of conventional biome systems and other representations of the biosphere that either ignore humans altogether or that simplify human influence into a few dimensions of disturbance, impact or domination. To guide sustainable management of the biosphere in the future, ecologists and educators need to rebuild ecological science and education on a framework that incorporates humans not only as destroyers of natural systems, but as the essential and permanent reshapers, conservators and managers of the biosphere at local, regional and global scales.
1:30 PM
 The interaction between urban land-use and climate change
Richard V. Pouyat, United States Forest Service
1:50 PM
 Anthropogenic biomes: A new framework for global ecology
Navin Ramankutty, McGill University; Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Deborah Lightman, McGill University
2:10 PM
 Observing the terrestrial biosphere and its changes
Ruth S. DeFries, Columbia University; Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2:50 PM
 The global distribution of ecosystem sustainability and net primary productivity
Michael A. Huston, Texas State University; Steve Wolverton, University of North Texas
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
 Rethinking the ecology of social ecological systems
Lilian Alessa, University of Alaska Anchorage; Andrew Kliskey, University of Alaska Anchorage
3:40 PM
 Biological invasions shape the worldwide pattern of freshwater fish body size: The Bergmann’s nightmare
Simon Blanchet, University Paul Sabatier; Gael Grenouillet, University Paul Sabatier; Olivier Beauchard, University of Antwerp; Thierry Oberdorff, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement; Sebastien Brosse, University Paul Sabatier
4:00 PM
 Conserving marine ecosystem services in a changing world
Heather M. Leslie, Brown University; Karen L. McLeod, COMPASS
4:20 PM
 Landslides, natural protected areas, and the long-term management of mountainscapes: Emerging challenges from the study of the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico
C. Restrepo, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras; Miriam Janette Gonzalez, Region Frontera Sur; Juan Carlos Castro-Hernandez, Region Frontera Sur
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