Origins of the novel ecosystems concept

Mascaro, Joseph, Harris, James A., Lach, Lori, Thompson, Allen, Perring, Michael P., Richardson, David M., and Ellis, Erle C. (2013) Origins of the novel ecosystems concept. In: Hobbs, Richard J., Higgs, Eric S., and Hall, Carol M., (eds.) Novel Ecosystems: intervening in the new ecological world order. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, pp. 45-57.

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This chapter begins by reviewing the foundational principles that point to the existence and importance of novel ecosystems. It provides a brief review of previous formulations of the novel ecosystem concept. The chapter then steps into synthesis and presents a new framework for the novel ecosystems concept. Using the original Hobbs components of novelty and human agency as a starting point, it develops this synthesis by first considering (1) where and how human agency leads to novelty; (2) what level of novelty constitutes a novel ecosystem; and (3) how human agency acts after a novel ecosystem has emerged. Conceptual examples of the emergence of novel ecosystems in Puerto Rico and California are illustrated.

Item ID: 32246
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-35422-3
Keywords: human intervention; novel ecosystems; novel ecosystems framework
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 05:09
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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