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Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation

John N. Kittinger, Loren McClenachan, Keryn B. Gedan, and Louise K. Blight


This edited volume offers a blueprint for using marine historical ecology to confront the challenges of ocean conservation in a rapidly changing world. Marine historical ecology developed out of the growing realization that societies have altered marine ecosystems for millennia. As this interdisciplinary field has deepened our understanding of oceans past, so too has it become increasingly relevant to conservation, management, and policy. In this book, we focus on four critical challenges that confront marine conservation: (1) recovering endangered species; (2) conserving fisheries; (3) restor ... More

Keywords: historical ecology, marine conservation, ocean policy, fisheries, restoration, endangered species, public outreach, solutions, recovery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276949
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John N. Kittinger, editor
Stanford University

Loren McClenachan, editor

Keryn B. Gedan, editor

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One Managing Human Legacies in a Changing Sea

John N. Kittinger, Louise K. Blight, Keryn B. Gedan, and Loren Mcclenachan

Part One Recovering Endangered Species

Lead Section Editor: Louise K. Blight

Three Natural or Anthropogenic?

Jon M. Erlandson, Todd J. Braje, Robert L. Delong, and Torben C. Rick

Four Using Disparate Datasets to Reconstruct Historical Baselines of Animal Populations

Francesco Ferretti, Larry B. Crowder, and Fiorenza Micheli

Part Two Conserving Fisheries

Lead Section Editor: John N. Kittinger

Five Improving Fisheries Assessments Using Historical Data

Alan M. Friedlander, Joshua Nowlis, and Haruko Koike

Six Understanding Fisheries through Historical Reconstructions

Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, Dirk Zeller,and Daniel Pauly

Seven Back to the Future

John N. Kittinger, Joshua E. Cinner, Shankar Aswani, and Alan T. White

Part Three Restoring Ecosystems

Lead Section Editor: Keryn B. Gedan

Eight Historical Information for Ecological Restoration in Estuaries and Coastal Ecosystems

Keryn B. Gedan, Denise L. Breitburg, Robin M. Grossinger, and Torben C. Rick

Nine Estimates of Historical Ecosystem Service Provision Can Guide Restoration Efforts

Philine S.E. Zu Ermgassen, Mark D. Spalding, and Robert D. Brumbaugh

Ten Incorporating Historical Perspectives into Systematic Marine Conservation Planning

Natalie C. Ban, John N. Kittinger, John M. Pandolfi, Robert L. Pressey, Ruth H. Thurstan, Matt J. Lybolt, and Simon Hart

Part Four Engaging the Public

Lead Section Editor: Loren Mcclenachan

Eleven Engaging Public Interest in the Ocean of the Past

Catherine Marzin, Sian Evans, and Karen Alexander

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