Historical ecology is a practical framework for integrating physical, biological, and social science data with insights from the humanities to understand the reciprocal relationship between human activity and the Earth system. Historical ecology traces human-environment relations in both time and space to uncover the characteristics of landscapes and regions and to plan, at a pragmatic scale, their management. The course explores the pivotal role of bridging disciplines, the rules for treating diverse evidentiary categories (e.g., the role of independent lines of evidence, multi-scalar understanding of cause-and-effect relationships), practical applications of the concept, and schemes that can foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Definition: Historical ecology
The Earth System
- Global warming
- Ecology and of complex systems
The Human Dimension
- Landscape history
- Water management
- Evolution of the human-environment relationship
- Evolution of flammability
- Plant succession
Political and Action Anthropology
- Political ecology
- Public anthropology and ecological restoration
- Role of historic sciences in global change
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