94th ESA Annual Meeting (August 2 -- 7, 2009)

SYMP 8-10 - Concluding thoughts and discussion

Tuesday, August 4, 2009: 4:25 PM
Blrm B, Albuquerque Convention Center
James H. Brown, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Background/Question/Methods and Results/Conclusions

I will use my time to try to bring forward and link together some of the diverse contributions to this symposium. I will give my own take on what we might mean by “human ecology”. I will emphasize that disciplines such as economics, sociology, and demography, previously considered the preserve of social science, necessarily include ecology – interactions between humans and their abiotic and biotic environments – and should necessarily incorporate the expertise of ecologists. Then I will highlight how macroecological and metabolic approaches can offer novel and valuable perspectives on the past, present, and future of our own species.