Special Issue "Humans and Wild Animals: Interactions in Deep Time, Recent History, and Now"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2021) | Viewed by 26556
Interests: evolutionary ecology; nutritional ecology; community ecology; conservation biology; mammals; Africa; North America
Interests: animal behavior; carnivore ecology; animal learning and habituation; urban ecology; Africa; North America
2. Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
Interests: animal studies; integrative sociocultural and ecological methodology; anthropology; ethnoprimatology; human–wildlife interactions; niche construction; primate behavioral ecology and conservation; Africa; Asia
Though human–wildlife conflict has recently received considerable attention, the reality is that we have shared landscapes with wild animals throughout our evolutionary history, suggesting that at no time have we not interacted with sympatric species. Our patterns of interaction with other species are by no means static, however, with significant spatiotemporal shifts in our ecological impact on animal communities and species populations. Salient examples of these ecological interactions include globally documented top-down effects during Pleistocene megafaunal extinction events and wide-reaching bottom-up effects as a consequence of habitat conversion. Most recently, unabated human population growth has exacerbated the intensity and gravity of these human–wildlife ecological interactions and frequency of encounters, with significant conservation and management implications. Some animal species flourish in emerging anthropogenic landscapes and in human proximity, others are declining rapidly in number.
In this Special Issue, we will explore the long history that humans have had with wild animals, with three overarching themes: (1) the changing patterns of human interactions with wild animals over our 200,000+ year history, (2) the circumstances that result in human–wildlife conflict versus coexistence, and (3) the conservation and management implications of human–wildlife interactions. We will consider including articles that address topics such as the ecology and evolution of species coexistence, changing human attitudes towards wild animals, human–animal ecological relationships (predator–prey, competitive, mutualisms, commensalism, amensalism), sources of conflict between humans and animals, competition between humans and animals for resources and space, urban animals and biodiversity in cities, animals as ecotourism subjects, the role of protected space, and implications for wildlife managers.
Dr. Joanna E. Lambert
Ms. Emily Beam
Dr. Amanda Ellwanger
Dr. Joel Berger
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- Human–wildlife conflict and coexistence
- Ecological community interactions