Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation: Applying the Past to Manage for the Future

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John N. Kittinger, Loren McClenachan, Keryn B. Gedan, Louise K. Blight
Univ of California Press, Dec 24, 2014 - Nature - 312 pages
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This pioneering volume provides a blueprint for managing the challenges of ocean conservation using marine historical ecology—an interdisciplinary area of study that is helping society to gain a more in-depth understanding of past human-environmental interactions in coastal and marine ecosystems and of the ecological and social outcomes associated with these interactions.

Developed by groundbreaking practitioners in the field, Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation highlights the innovative ways that historical ecology can be applied to improve conservation and management efforts in the oceans.

The book focuses on four key challenges that confront marine conservation: (1) recovering endangered species, (2) conserving fisheries, (3) restoring ecosystems, and (4) engaging the public. Chapters emphasize real-world conservation scenarios appropriate for students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners in marine science, conservation biology, natural resource management, paleoecology, and marine and coastal archaeology.

By focusing on success stories and applied solutions, this volume delivers the required up-to-date science and tools needed for restoration and protection of ocean and coastal ecosystems.
 

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Contents

FRANCESCO FERRETTI Stanford Woods Institute for
1
Recovering Endangered Species
13
Natural or Anthropogenic? Novel Community Reassembly after Historical Overharvest
39
Using Disparate Datasets to Reconstruct Historical Baselines
63
Conserving Fisheries
87
FRIEDLANDER
91
Implications
113
Stanford University RUTH H THURSTAN
120
Restoring Ecosystems
161
University of British Columbia
177
Estimates of Historical Ecosystem Service Provision Can Guide
187
Incorporating Historical Perspectives into Systematic
207
BAN JOSHUA E CINNER
232
Engaging the Public
235
Uncovering the Narrative Potential
265
LOUISE K BLIGHT Townsville QLD 4811 Australia
272

Integrating Customary Practices and Institutions
135
University of Queensland
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John (Jack) N. Kittinger, PhD, is Director of Conservation International's Hawaii program and was previously a Social Science Fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University.
Loren McClenachan, PhD, is the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College.

Keryn B. Gedan, PhD, is Lecturer in the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Maryland.

Louise K. Blight, PhD, is a marine science specialist at World Wildlife Fund in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and the owner of Procellaria Research and Consulting.

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