Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems

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Barnosky , A D , Hadly , E A , Gonzalez , P , Head , J , Polly , P D , Lawing , A M , Eronen , J T , Ackerly , D D , Alex , K , Biber , E , Blois , J , Brashares , J , Ceballos , G , Davis , E , Dietl , G P , Dirzo , R , Doremus , H , Fortelius , M , Greene , H W , Hellmann , J , Hickler , T , Jackson , S T , Kemp , M , Koch , P L , Kremen , C , Lindsey , E L , Looy , C , Marshall , C R , Mendenhall , C , Mulch , A , Mychajliw , A M , Nowak , C , Ramakrishnan , U , Schnitzler , J , Das Shrestha , K , Solari , K , Stegner , L , Stegner , M A , Stenseth , N C , Wake , M H & Zhang , Z 2017 , ' Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems ' , Science , vol. 355 , no. 6325 , eaah4787 . https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aah4787

Title: Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems
Author: Barnosky, Anthony D.; Hadly, Elizabeth A.; Gonzalez, Patrick; Head, Jason; Polly, P. David; Lawing, A. Michelle; Eronen, Jussi T.; Ackerly, David D.; Alex, Ken; Biber, Eric; Blois, Jessica; Brashares, Justin; Ceballos, Gerardo; Davis, Edward; Dietl, Gregory P.; Dirzo, Rodolfo; Doremus, Holly; Fortelius, Mikael; Greene, Harry W.; Hellmann, Jessica; Hickler, Thomas; Jackson, Stephen T.; Kemp, Melissa; Koch, Paul L.; Kremen, Claire; Lindsey, Emily L.; Looy, Cindy; Marshall, Charles R.; Mendenhall, Chase; Mulch, Andreas; Mychajliw, Alexis M.; Nowak, Carsten; Ramakrishnan, Uma; Schnitzler, Jan; Das Shrestha, Kashish; Solari, Katherine; Stegner, Lynn; Stegner, M. Allison; Stenseth, Nils Chr; Wake, Marvalee H.; Zhang, Zhibin
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Geosciences and Geography
University of Helsinki, Department of Geosciences and Geography

Date: 2017-02-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Science
ISSN: 0036-8075
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aah4787
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308891
Abstract: Conservation of species and ecosystems is increasingly difficult because anthropogenic impacts are pervasive and accelerating. Under this rapid global change, maximizing conservation success requires a paradigm shift from maintaining ecosystems in idealized past states toward facilitating their adaptive and functional capacities, even as species ebb and flow individually. Developing effective strategies under this new paradigm will require deeper understanding of the long-term dynamics that govern ecosystem persistence and reconciliation of conflicts among approaches to conserving historical versus novel ecosystems. Integrating emerging information from conservation biology, paleobiology, and the Earth sciences is an important step forward on the path to success. Maintaining nature in all its aspects will also entail immediately addressing the overarching threats of growing human population, overconsumption, pollution, and climate change.
Subject: CONSERVING NATURES STAGE
CLIMATE-CHANGE
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
SPECIES DISTRIBUTIONS
MAMMALIAN RESPONSE
NORTH-AMERICA
ECOLOGY
AMAZON
FOREST
TRAITS
1172 Environmental sciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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