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Frontiers in Historical Ecology
Human activities are important drivers of
landscape development and ecosystem change. Consequently, the relevance
considering human impacts has become increasingly popular in ecology
the past several decades. Historical ecology has been promoted as an
integrative approach for the study of human impacts on ecosystems and
over time and as a prerequisite to understand current day ecosystems and
At this conference, we do not aim at a consensus on what historical ecology is, but strive to determine promising developments in methodological diversity and interdisciplinary challenges in historical ecology. To facilitate a stimulating exchange of ideas, we will not have parallel sessions and the number of participants will be limited to 150.
We defined four major frontiers in historical ecology and consequently, the conference will be structured in four sessions.
For all four sessions, we welcome contributions ranging from conceptual to empirical papers, based on various methods and approaches and encompassing all types of ecosystems. Contributions should focus on ecosystem and landscape development considering human impacts and be relevant for their present and future management.