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Reference Module in Life Sciences
2022

Biodiversity and the Anthropocene

Kenneth R. Young, Sisimac Duchicela

Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States.

Abstract

Humans are intertwined with the environment, and the consequences are profound for biological diversity, and fundamental for planning conservation strategies and goals. The likely formal recognition of the Anthropocene Epoch allows for new approaches to measuring biodiversity, and for clarifying human roles in altering patterns and processes. Many current and future human impacts will create novel ecosystems and assemblages of species. This implies not only much uncertainty in regards to future trajectories of change, but also opportunities to approach biodiversity concerns from perspectives of multiple disciplines and using proactive and adaptive strategies.

Keywords: Anthromes, Biodiversity, Biomes, Biotic homogenization, Climate change, Conservation, Disturbances, Mountaintop extinction, Novel ecosystems, Restoration, RewildingTrophic cascades, Wilderness.

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