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1. The unprecedented impact of human activities on nature has led scientists to propose we might now be in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Significant human alterations of freshwater systems include massive changes to soil erosion–deposition dynamics, hydrological regimes via impoundment…
Author(s): Rebecca Flitcroft, Michael S. Cooperman, Ian J. Harrison, Diego Juffe‐Bignoli, Philip J. Boon
Keywords: Anthropocene, ecosystem function, freshwater conservation, freshwater management
Source: Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29(7): 1013-1021.
Year: 2019
Shrubland vegetation has not received as much scientific attention in the Caribbean as forest vegetation has. However, shrublands constitute ~25% of the woody vegetation classification units in the Caribbean, and in 10 islands that we analyzed, the average cover of shrublands was 16% of the land…
Author(s): Ariel E. Lugo, Ernesto Medina, Elvira Cuevas, Olga Ramos González
Keywords: Shrubland, Caribbean, Anthropocene
Source: Caribbean Naturalist, 58: 1-35.
Year: 2019
We review literature relevant to assessing the future of tropical forests and supplement the review with new data from the lowlands of Venezuela. Compared to today, future tropical forests will have a higher level of novelty, defined as the degree of dissimilarity of a system relative to a…
Author(s): Ariel E. Lugo, Oscar J. A. Martínez, Ernesto Medina, Gerardo Aymard, Tamara Heartsill Scalley
Keywords: Caribbean, Los Llanos, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Novel forests, Historical forests, Succession, Secondary forests, Pioneer species, Species dominance, Plant traits, Neotropics, Anthropocene
Source: Advances in Ecological Research, Volume 62.
Year: 2020
The term “Anthropocene” defines the current, human-dominated, geological epoch of human-caused environmental influences. Some researchers believe that the beginning of this epoch coincides with the inception of the Industrial Revolution (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000). Research is revealing that humans…
Author(s): Richard D. Periman
Keywords: monitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, Anthropocene, human land use
Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 558-564
Year: 2006
During the early years of the 20th century, as biologists strove to discover the processes governing plant succession, it was argued that a fundamental understanding would emerge not only by considering the suite of dynamic interactions among organisms but by expanding the conceptualization to…
Author(s): Thomas P. Holmes
Keywords: Anthropocene, benefit transfer, conservation, efficiency, working landscapes, publication bias, replication, resilience, targeting
Source: Agricultural and Resource Economics Review
Year: 2020
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (the Institute) celebrates its 75th Anniversary with the publication of this Special Issue of Forests. This Issue is based on presentations delivered in a symposium held in San Juan, Puerto Rico…
Author(s): Grizelle González, Ariel E. Lugo
Keywords: conservation, American tropics, long-term ecological research, tropical forest management, Anthropocene, Puerto Rico
Source: Forests
Year: 2019
This essay describes our effort to develop a practical approach to the integration of the social and ecological sciences in the context of a Latin-American city such as San Juan, Puerto Rico. We describe our adaptive social-ecological approach in the historical context of the developing paradigms…
Author(s): A.E. Lugo, C.M. Concepcion, L.E. Santiago-Acevedo, T.A. Munoz-Erickson, J.C. Verdejo Ortiz, R. Santiago-Bartolomei, J. Forero-Montana, C.J. Nytch, H. Manrique, W. Colon-Cortes
Keywords: urban ecosystems, ecosystem services, tropics, Anthropocene, human interactions
Source: Acta Cientifica. 26(1-3): 121-134
Year: 2012
We now live in a world dominated by humans (the Anthropocene), whose activities on Earth are resulting in new habitats and new environmental conditions, including climate change. To many, the Anthropocene is an era of environmental doom that unless reversed, will result in catastrophic reductions…
Author(s): A.E. Lugo
Keywords: Puerto Rico, introduced species, tropical succession, Anthropocene, Homogeocene
Source: Tropical Conservation Science. 6(3): 325-337.
Year: 2013
Throughout Earth’s history, its climates have been changing, and biotic systems have mutated, migrated, and otherwise adapted as tectonic shifts have reconfigured the continents and polar ice caps have ebbed and flowed across the latitudes through glacial cycles. In our own era, there is growing…
Author(s): V. Alaric Sample
Keywords: forest conservation, management, Anthropocene, climate change
Source: In: Sample, V. Alaric; Bixler, R. Patrick, eds. Forest conservation and management in the Anthropocene: Conference proceedings. Proceedings. RMRS-P-71. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 1-7.
Year: 2014
The Anthropocene epoch presents a mix of old and new challenges for the world’s forests. Climatic instability has typified most of the Cenozoic Era but today’s situation is unique due to the presence of billions of humans on the planet. The potential rate and magnitude of future warming driven by…
Author(s): J. Curt Stager
Keywords: forest conservation, management, Anthropocene, climate change
Source: In: Sample, V. Alaric; Bixler, R. Patrick, eds. Forest conservation and management in the Anthropocene: Conference proceedings. Proceedings. RMRS-P-71. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 11-25.
Year: 2014
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