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Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: A Panarchical Perspective on the Evolution of Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America

By: Paul A Delcourt and Hazel R Delcourt

200 pages, Figs, tab

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2008 | #173896 | ISBN-13: 9780521050760
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Hardback | Jul 2004 | #143396 | ISBN: 0521662702
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About this book

This book shows that Holocene human ecosystems are complex adaptive systems in which humans interacted with their environment in a nested series of spatial and temporal scales. Using panarchy theory, it integrates paleoecological and archaeological research from the Eastern Woodlands of North America providing a paradigm to help resolve long-standing disagreements between ecologists and archaeologists about the importance of prehistoric Native Americans as agents for ecological change.

The authors present the concept of a panarchy of complex adaptive cycles as applied to the development of increasingly complex human ecosystems through time. They explore examples of ecological interactions at the level of gene, population, community, landscape and regional hierarchical scales, emphasizing the ecological pattern and process involving the development of human ecosystems. Finally, they offer a perspective on the implications of the legacy of Native Americans as agents of change for conservation and ecological restoration efforts today.

'... the book is a welcome addition to the study on human ecosystems in prehistoric times ... [it] merits attention as an important study in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology.' International Studies


Contents

Acknowledgements; Part I. Panarchy as an Integrative Paradigm: Overview; 1. The need for a new synthesis; 2. Panarchy theory and Quaternary ecosystems; 3. Holocene human ecosystems; Part II. Ecological Feedbacks and Processes: Overview; 4. Gene-level interactions; 5. Population-level interactions; 6. Community-level interactions; 7. Landscape-level interactions; 8. Regional-level interactions; Part III. Application and Synthesis: Overview; 9. The ecological legacy of prehistoric Native Americans; References; Index.

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Biography

PAUL A. DELCOURT is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. HAZEL R. DELCOURT is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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