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

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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 Continue reading

Memes as a dimension of the human niche

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Though human beings can be understood biologically, as one species among others, we have one particularly prominent, even defining, feature: Continue reading

Advancing equity and going beyond basic survival

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In my earlier post I raised the question of how equity issues fit with the concept of habitability in the Anthropocene. This topic perhaps leads us into the muck of the impacts humans cause when Continue reading

Implications of manufacturing habitability

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From my earlier post and that of Ingo, there is agreement that humans have become the most successful environment altering species; modifying our surroundings to meet our needs by manipulating Continue reading

“Organisms as ecosystem engineers”

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CITATION:
Jones, C. G., J. H. Lawton, and M. Shachak. 1994. Oikos, 69, pp. 373-386.
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ABSTRACT:
Ecosystem engineers can alter the environment to meet their needs by controlling the availability of resources. In doing so, they create habitat for themselves as well as other organisms. Continue reading