Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Floridian Blrm H, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Juliana C. Mulroy, Denison University
Zoe Nyssa, Harvard University
Alan Covich, University of Georgia
A multidisciplinary set of presentations explores the increasingly important role that historical records play in addressing the accelerating changes that confront us in the Anthropocene. The concept of the Anthropocene compels us to examine the long-term relationship of humans and their environments, and in so doing to draw on diverse types of historical records and datasets. We must consider new institutional structures that facilitate cross-disciplinary approaches to environmental problems. Presenters demonstrate how interdisciplinary approaches, new technologies, and novel institutional structures can assist us in learning from the past to respond to present and future challenges. Opportunities for use of long term datasets and museum collections in research, conservation and education are highlighted. This session is linked to this afternoon's OPS 1: Uses of Historical Data as Ecologists Confront a Rapidly Changing World, which provides further opportunities to explore and discuss the themes raised here. Presenters in the Organized Poster Session as well as some of the OOS speakers will be available 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. today in the Exhibit Hall.