Once there were so many: Animals as Ecological Baselines

Wiersma, Yolanda and Sandlos, John (2011) Once there were so many: Animals as Ecological Baselines. Environmental History, 16 (3). pp. 400-407. ISSN 1084-5453

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The observations of naturalists and explorers have been used as historical sources for determining baseline wildlife conditions from the earliest practice of modern ecology. These sources are rarely critically analyzed, however, and are often incorporated into contemporary scientific literature advocating the conservation and restoration of wildlife. This paper argues that combining approaches from environmental history and recent ecological research will allow for the interrogation of original sources and the application of scientific concepts that questions the assumptions underlying historical baselines.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/671
Item ID: 671
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Date: 2011
Date Type: Publication
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