Saturday, February 22, 2014

reconciliation ecology

I have come back, over and over, to Professor Michael Rosenzweig's work on "reconciliation ecology". This subdiscipline tries to build up, promote, or enhance biodiversity in the landscapes we have already altered, anywhere we live on Earth.  This is based on the theory that there is not sufficient area for biodiversity conservation to be effective within the areas set aside as nature reserves. The science is grounded in the ecology of trends in land-use and the study of species-area relationships. Aspects of this emerging subdiscipline exist in a variety of places, but there are ongoing challenges.

I continue to find other practitioners engaging in similar work:

Jeff Schaeffer at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center has published this powerpoint online:

The development of a biodiversity park in the UK follows these concepts:

Francis, R, A. & Lorimer, J. (2011) Urban reconciliation ecology: The potential of living roofs and walls Journal of Environmental Management. 92: 1429-1437.

Some of Dr. Rosenzweig's work continues:

A few selected publications from Dr. Rosenzweig:

Rosenzweig, M.L. 2003. Reconciliation ecology and the future of species diversity (Oryx Vol.37,No 2 April 2003)

Rosenzweig, M.L. (2003).Win-Win Ecology: How Earth’s Species Can Survive in the Midst of Human Enterprise.. Oxford University Press, New York. 

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