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    Author(s): K. S. Bawa; W. J. Kress; N. M. Nadkarni; S. Raven P. H. Lele; D. H. Janzen; A. E. Lugo; P. S. Ashton; T. E. Lovejoy
    Date: 2004
    Source: Science. ; 306(8 October):227-228.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    WE ENDORSE THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF America’s (ESA) call to shift its primary focus from the study of undisturbed ecosystems to interdisciplinary studies of humaninfluenced ecosystems for the betterment of human societies (1, 2). At the 2004 annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Miami, Florida, we released a report (“Beyond Paradise: Meeting the Challenges in Tropical Biology in the 21st Century”), which also makes a plea for an interdisciplinary, participatory, and socially relevant research agenda to study and conserve human-impacted as well as pristine tropical ecosystems (3, 4). Here, we highlight the similarities and differences of theESA and ATBC reports.

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    Bawa, K. S.; Kress, W. J.; Nadkarni, N. M.; Lele, S. Raven P. H.; Janzen, D. H.; Lugo, A. E.; Ashton, P. S., and Lovejoy, T. E. 2004. Tropical ecosystems into the 21st century. Science. ; 306(8 October):227-228.

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