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The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies$
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Victor D. Thompson and James C. Waggoner Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042428

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042428.001.0001

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Forging Collaborations between Ecology and Historical Ecology

Forging Collaborations between Ecology and Historical Ecology

(p.166) (p.167) 9 Forging Collaborations between Ecology and Historical Ecology
The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies

Steven C. Pennings

University Press of Florida

Ecologists and historical ecologists study many of the same questions, seeking to understand interactions between humans, other species, and the environment, but over different time scales. Collaborations between the two fields would help ecologists understand how the past affects the present, give ecologists a better understanding of what it means for systems to be “natural,” and allow the study of coupled human-natural systems over a wider range of conditions than occur at the present. Historical ecologists would benefit from access to sophisticated theories and models about natural systems that could be tested with historical data, and from adopting more explicit approaches to hypothesis testing. I discuss 3 steps that historical ecologists could take to improve collaboration between the two fields.

Keywords:   coupled human-natural systems, Georgia, hypothesis testing, indirect interactions, interdisciplinary research, models, statistics

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