Special Issue "Long-Term Anthropic Influences on the Diversity of Amazonian Landscapes and Biota"

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A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2009)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William Balée
Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, USA
E-Mail: wbalee@tulane.edu
Phone: +1 504 862 3055
Fax: +1 504 865 5338
Interests: historical ecology; ethnobiology; amazonia

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Dear Colleagues,

Forests and savannas of Amazonia represent intersections of nature and culture. Biological evolution and historical contingency have become intertwined in the explanation of landscapes and their attendant biota in Amazonia. Most models of explanation of species distributions across diverse Amazonian environments tend to be incomplete in one way or another. The refuge model and vicariance biogeography explain diversity by genetic drift, and mostly are different in terms of time scale. Neither considers human factors that could have affected local diversity (alpha diversity) and the diversity across disjunctive landscapes (beta diversity). In contrast to these models, historical ecology, as a research program, offers an understanding of Amazonian landscapes and biota that derives from comprehension of historical contingency and the biological preadaptations of species to human activities on the landscapes affected by those activities. Specific kinds of diversity to be examined with insights from historical ecology include heterogeneity of archaeological landscapes, variation in soil microbes due to agrarian technologies of the past (especially Amazon Dark Earths), patterned distributions of flora (both domesticated and not), and fluctuations in microfauna and other fauna due to human impacts of the past.

Prof. Dr. William Balée
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • historical ecology
  • contingency factors
  • alpha and beta diversity
  • landscape heterogeneity
  • agrarian technologies

Published Papers (12 papers)

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Diversity 2010, 2(5), 787-809; doi:10.3390/d2050787
Received: 26 March 2010; in revised form: 11 May 2010 / Accepted: 12 May 2010 / Published: 19 May 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(4), 618-652; doi:10.3390/d2040619
Received: 28 January 2010; in revised form: 14 April 2010 / Accepted: 15 April 2010 / Published: 19 April 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(4), 586-609; doi:10.3390/d2040586
Received: 23 March 2010; in revised form: 9 April 2010 / Accepted: 13 April 2010 / Published: 16 April 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(4), 473-504; doi:10.3390/d2040473
Received: 29 January 2010; in revised form: 12 March 2010 / Accepted: 24 March 2010 / Published: 29 March 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(3), 331-352; doi:10.3390/d2030331
Received: 4 December 2009; Accepted: 28 January 2010 / Published: 2 March 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(3), 353-369; doi:10.3390/d2030353
Received: 15 December 2009; Accepted: 25 February 2010 / Published: 2 March 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(2), 256-280; doi:10.3390/d2020256
Received: 15 December 2009; Accepted: 22 February 2010 / Published: 24 February 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(2), 163-181; doi:10.3390/d2020163
Received: 4 December 2009; Accepted: 25 January 2010 / Published: 1 February 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(2), 182-206; doi:10.3390/d2020182
Received: 4 December 2009; Accepted: 25 January 2010 / Published: 1 February 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(1), 72-106; doi:10.3390/d2010072
Received: 9 November 2009; Accepted: 31 December 2009 / Published: 6 January 2010
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Diversity 2010, 2(1), 1-16; doi:10.3390/d2010001
Received: 18 November 2009; Accepted: 18 December 2009 / Published: 24 December 2009
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Diversity 2009, 1(2), 151-165; doi:10.3390/d1020151
Received: 14 October 2009; Accepted: 4 December 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
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