© 1993

Humans as Components of Ecosystems

The Ecology of Subtle Human Effects and Populated Areas

  • Mark J. McDonnell
  • Steward T. A. Pickett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Scope and Need for an Ecology of Subtle Human Effects and Populated Areas

  3. The Human Factor: Perception and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Michael Williams
      Pages 24-39
    3. B. L. Turner II, William B. Meyer
      Pages 40-50
    4. Andrew P. Vayda
      Pages 61-71
    5. Stephen Boyden
      Pages 72-77
  4. Approaches to the Study of Humans as Components of Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-80
    2. Emily W. B. Russell
      Pages 81-90
    3. James F. Kitchell, Stephen R. Carpenter
      Pages 111-124
    4. Jonathan J. Cole, Benjamin L. Peierls, Nina F. Caraco, Michael L. Pace
      Pages 141-157
    5. Mark J. McDonnell, Steward T. A. Pickett, Richard V. Pouyat
      Pages 175-189
    6. Robert H. Gardner, Robert V. O’Neill, Monica G. Turner
      Pages 208-226

About this book


This book, a product of the fourth Cary Conference, amply demonstrates the achievement of a major goal of all Cary Conferences. That is, Cary Conferences were conceived to provide a forum for comprehensive discus­ sion of major ecological issues from more philosophical and comprehensive perspectives. The Institute of Ecosystem Studies is proud to make its staff and facilities available on a biennial basis for the purpose of initiating and fostering these important discussions. On the one hand, the influence of humans on ecosystems may be quite obvious, such as when a forest is cut. On the other, humans live within and among ecosystems, but ecologists largely have avoided making detailed and rigorous analyses of the more subtle effects that human activities generate. Indeed, most ecologists have sought out rather pristine or remote areas for study, rather than those which include humans. This book brings together a stimulating mix of disciplines to highlight and evaluate these problems, as well as the opportunities of including humans as integral components in studies of "natural- ecosystems. An exciting dialogue has ensued. Hopefully this book will convey some of the excitement and challenges that were generated at this Cary Conference.


biodiversity biosphere ecology ecosystem ecosystem dynamics environment environmental change forest lake nitrogen

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark J. McDonnell
    • 1
  • Steward T. A. Pickett
    • 2
  1. 1.Bartlett ArboretumStamfordUSA
  2. 2.Mary Flagler Cary ArboretumInstitute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Humans as Components of Ecosystems
  • Book Subtitle The Ecology of Subtle Human Effects and Populated Areas
  • Editors Mark J. McDonnell
    Steward T.A. Pickett
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-94062-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-98243-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-0905-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 364
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ecology
    Geoecology/Natural Processes
    Nature Conservation
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