OOS 47 - Bridging the Divide: Integrating Human Ecology and Ecology to Improve Research and Management

Friday, August 7, 2009: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Pecos, Albuquerque Convention Center
David Bart, University of Wisconsin
Amy Freitag, Duke University
Amy Freitag, Duke University
Whether beneficial or deleterious, the effects of human activities are now evident in almost all ecological systems. Accordingly, well-grounded studies of relevant human-environmental interactions are needed in basic ecological research, the design of new management strategies, and effective policy decisions. Ecology and the various disciplines comprising human ecology have rich traditions of studying human impacts on the natural world. However, the human ecological and ecological traditions often approach the same problems in a piecemeal fashion. On the one hand, studies that utilize only ecological concepts and methods can be inadequate for management purposes. On the other hand, some human ecology research has amounted to social-science theory applied to environmental subjects without attention to ecological facts. A truly interdisciplinary approach would seamlessly integrate concepts and methods from the social sciences with ecology, yet how this can be done is often unclear. Through a series of presentations by noted human ecologists and ecologists, this symposium will highlight new and exciting approaches to ecologically relevant interdisciplinary studies. Our goals are 1) to elucidate the methodological and conceptual issues associated with interdisciplinary research, 2) to determine how to proceed with interdisciplinary studies without losing ecological relevance, and 3) to illustrate how truly integrative approaches have benefited ecological studies and management, including global sustainability studies. The presentations will be 15 minutes and will discuss methodological and conceptual issues that help or hinder interdisciplinary studies. The methods used in human ecology emerged from the social sciences, and were developed to answer questions from their home disciplines. The presenters will discuss how to make human ecological methods and research answer ecological questions and help efforts to manage critical systems.
8:00 AM
 Bridging the divide: Overcoming barriers to understanding the effects of human activities on environmental outcomes
David Bart, University of Wisconsin; Matthew L. Simon, University of Wisconsin
8:20 AM
8:40 AM
9:00 AM
 Translating environmental science into policy and action
Lee M. Talbot, George Mason University
9:20 AM
 Rural stakeholders and Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) management on the Big Hole River, Montana, USA
Michelle L. Anderson, University of Montana Western; Kylene B. Owens, MT-Tech of the University of Montana; Jeff Everett, United States Fish and Wildlife Services; James P. Magee, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Michael A. Bias, Big Hole River Foundation
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Eutrophication science:  Where do we go from here?
Val H. Smith, University of Kansas; David W. Schindler, University of Alberta
10:30 AM
 Floristic diversity and distinctiveness in calcareous wetlands of the Burren National Park, West Ireland
Daniel A. Sarr, Klamath Network-National Park Service; John Curtin, National University of Ireland, Galway; Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, National University of Ireland, Galway; Lorin Groshong, Klamath Network-National Park Service
10:50 AM
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