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Historical Ecology; HEF2020; International conference;historical legacies;ecological trajectories; geography;archeology;paleoecology;economy;biology

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The current and future states of ecosystems are strongly related to past processes. Historical socio-economic development of human societies, resulting land use, and changes in climate have all had lingering consequences that still affect the structure, composition, and functioning of today’s ecosystems at various spatiotemporal scales. These historical legacies, both natural and anthropogenic, are thus shaping future ecological trajectories.

An increasing amount of research has been dedicated to deciphering the impacts of past ecological processes on modern-day ecosystems. This has fostered rapid improvement of management practices for the future. Exciting new insights from historical ecology now appear paramount in order to mitigate potential deleterious consequences of socio-environmental challenges to ongoing and future states of the ecosystems.

Historical Ecology for the Future aims at promoting historical ecology and highlighting its recent advances and key results. Geographers, biologists, historians, social scientists, economists, archaeologists, ecologists, paleoecologists, managers, and soil scientists, among others dealing with historical ecology issues, are welcome to join the conference to share and discuss their questions, data, and results.

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Key Dates

  • Announcement of the conference sessions: February 2019
  • Call for abstract: September-December 2019
  • Registration open: September 2019- February 2020
  • Program announcement: February 2020

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