Anthropocene – A Very Short Introduction

Erle C. Ellis

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  • Oxford University Press
  • 2018
  • ISBN 9780198792987
  • 183 pages
  • Softcover
  • 17.6 × 10.8 × 1.1 cm

Climate scientists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists recognize the profound effects of human activity on Earth, though whether and how this should be recognized as a formal geological epoch – the Anthropocene – remains under debate, Erle Ellis describes how the Anthropocene concept is affecting the sciences, humanities, and politics.

Erle C. Ellis is Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research investigates the ecology of human landscapes at local to global scales towards informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene. He teaches environmental science and landscape ecology at UMBC, and has taught ecology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Ellis is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Subcommission of Quaternary Stratigraphy of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the scientific steering committee of the Global Land Programme, formerly of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), now of its successor organization, Future Earth, and a senior fellow of the Breakthrough Institute.

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