Humans as Components of Ecosystems The Ecology of Subtle Human Effects and Populated Areas

This book, a product of the fourth Cary Conference, amply demonstrates the achievement of a major goal of all Cary Conferences. That is, Cary Conferences were conceived to provide a forum for comprehensive discus­ sion of major ecological issues from more philosophical and comprehensive perspectives...

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Other Authors: McDonnell, Mark J. (Editor), Pickett, Steward T.A. (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: New York, NY Springer New York 1993, 1993
Edition:1st ed. 1993
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • 1 Introduction: Scope and Need for an Ecology of Subtle Human Effects and Populated Areas
  • Section I The Human Factor: Perception and Processes
  • 2 The History and Present Entanglements of Some General Ecological Perspectives
  • 3 An Exceptionally Powerful Biotic Factor
  • 4 Environmental Change: The Human Factor
  • 5 The Iceberg and the Titanic: Human Economic Behavior in Ecological Models
  • 6 Ecosystems and Human Actions
  • 7 The Human Component of Ecosystems
  • Section II Approaches to the Study of Humans as Components of Ecosystems
  • 8 Discovery of the Subtle
  • 9 Land-use History and Forest Transformations in Central New England
  • 10 Variability in Lake Ecosystems: Complex Responses by the Apical Predator
  • 11 Humans as a Component of the Lake Titicaca Ecosystem: A Model System for the Study of Environmental Deterioration
  • 12 Nitrogen Loading of Rivers as a Human-Driven Process
  • 13 Humans: Capstone Strong Actors in the Past and Present Coastal Ecological Play
  • 14 Modification of Nitrogen Cycling at the Regional Scale: The Subtle Effects of Atmospheric Deposition
  • 15 The Application of the Ecological Gradient Paradigm to the Study of Urban Effects
  • 16 The Process of Plant Colonization in Small Settlements and Large Cities
  • 17 Ecological Implications of Landscape Fragmentation
  • Section III Implications for Ecosystem Management and Construction
  • 18 Integration of Social and Ecological Factors: Dynamic Area Models of Subtle Human Influences on Ecosystems
  • 19 Human Influences on Ecosystems: Dealing With Biodiversity
  • 20 “Natural” or “Healthy” Ecosystems: Are U.S. National Parks Providing Them?
  • 21 Restoration as a Technique for Identifying and Characterizing Human Influences on Ecosystems
  • 22 Biosphere 2 and the Study of Human/Ecosystem Dynamics
  • SectionIV Overview
  • 23 Part I: A Social Scientist’s Perspective
  • II: A Human Ecologist’s Perspective
  • III: A Marine Ecologist’s Perspective—Humans as Capstone-Species
  • IV: A Theoretical Ecologist’s Perspective: Toward a Unified Paradigm for Subtle Human Effects and an Ecology of Populated Areas
  • 24 Humans as Components of Ecosystems: A Synthesis