Reframing landscape fragmentation’s effects on ecosystem services

CITATION: Mitchell, M. G. E. et al. 2015. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,  Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 190-198. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.01.011. ABSTRACT: Landscape structure and fragmentation have important effects on ecosystem services, with a common assumption being that fragmentation

Our Alumni

ANTONIO J. CASTRO is broadly interested in conservation biology, particularly in the links between the conservation of nature and the maintenance of human wellbeing. His research focuses on the characterization of social-ecological systems, and the multidimensional evaluation of ecosystem services. He is particularly interested in exploring trade-offs between the biophysical supply and the social demand […]

“Urban Metabolism and the Energy Stored in Cities: Implications for Resilience”

CITATION: David N. Bristow and Christopher A. Kennedy. 2013.  Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 17, no. 5: pp. 656-667. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: doi: 10.1111/jiec.12038; at author’s ResearchGate site ABSTRACT: Using the city of Toronto as a case study, this article examines impacts of energy stocks and flexible demand in the urban metabolism on the resilience of the […]

Green Cities, Red States

This is the second in Dr. Rosenthal’s three-part series on “Cities and Our Future: Governance in the Anthropocene.” Click for the first post. Cities have variously been characterized as “limited” (Peterson 1981), “dependent” (Kantor 1995), and “ungovernable” (Ferman 1985.) Urban scholar Paul Peterson in his seminal work, City Limits, concluded that cities are seriously limited […]

Who Will Lead?

This is the first in Dr. Rosenthal’s three-part series on “Cities and Our Future: Governance in the Anthropocene.” When President Trump proclaimed that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, he claimed to represent the “citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris.” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was quick to respond, tweeting

“Designing Autonomy: Opportunities for New Wildness in the Anthropocene”

CITATION: Cantrell, B., Martin, L.J., and Ellis, E.C. 2017. Trends in Ecology and Evolution Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 156–66. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.004 ABSTRACT: Maintaining wild places increasingly involves intensive human interventions. Several recent projects use semi-automated mediating technologies to

A moral cartography for the Anthropocene

We welcome Manuel Arias Maldonado, of the University of Malága, as a guest on the blog . . . click for his bio, or go to the “Who we are” tab. This post summarizes an argument in his recent book Environment & Society: Socionatural Relations in the Anthropocene (Springer, 2015). If the Anthropocene were just a […]

Rethinking conservation in the Anthropocene

THIS POST IS PART OF OUR ANTHROPOCENE BIOSPHERE PROJECT–A SERIES OF POSTS ON ERLE ELLIS’ ‘ECOLOGY IN AN ANTHROPOGENIC BIOSPHERE‘ (ECOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS, 85/3 (2015)) We know that humans are a dominant force shaping the planet, but there’s a debate over whether this really constitutes a new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene. For now, let’s leave this debate […]

Setting conservation priorities and moving species in a complicated Anthropocene

THIS POST IS PART OF OUR ANTHROPOCENE BIOSPHERE PROJECT–A SERIES OF POSTS ON ERLE ELLIS’ ‘ECOLOGY IN AN ANTHROPOGENIC BIOSPHERE‘ (ECOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS, 85/3 (2015)) The anthropogenic biosphere calls for a new perspective on preserving nature. In his paper for the centennial of the Ecological Society of America, Erle Ellis argues that in order to sustain humanity, […]

“A Manifesto for Abundant Futures”

CITATION: Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and Juanita Sundberg. 2015. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 322-330. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: Publisher’s website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2014.973007  ABSTRACT: The concept of the Anthropocene is creating new openings around the question of how humans ought to intervene in the environment. In this article, we address one arena […]

“Fifteen forms of biodiversity trend in the Anthropocene”

CITATION: Brian J. McGill, et al. 2015. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 104-113. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: Science Direct: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534714002456 ABSTRACT: Humans are transforming the biosphere in unprecedented ways, raising the important question of how these impacts are changing biodiversity. Here we argue that our understanding of biodiversity trends in the Anthropocene, […]

“Justice and the Environment in Nussbaum’s ‘Capabilities Approach’: Why Sustainable Ecological Capacity Is a Meta-Capability”

CITATION: Breena Holland. 2008. Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 2, pp. 319-332. ON-LINE AVAILABILITY: JSTOR Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20299735 Other web source: http://prq.sagepub.com/content/61/2/319.abstract ABSTRACT: What principles should guide how society distributes environmental benefits and burdens? Like many liberal theories of justice, Martha Nussbaum’s “capabilities approach” does not adequately address this question. The author argues that […]

Habitability as a commons: Fearing a tragedy of human(ized) nature

THIS POST IS PART OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT—SEE THIS DESCRIPTION OF OUR SUBMISSION.   Some of the recent posts have made me think of the famous book written by Elinor Ostrom, “Governing the Commons.” Ostrom looks at the problem of