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New Harvard Forest Publication: Agrarian Landscapes in Transition

Friday, August 1, 2008
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New Book Examines the History of Agriculture, Ecological Change and Conservation across the U.S.

The introduction, spread, and abandonment of agriculture represents the most pervasive alteration of the earth's environment in recorded history. This new volume edited by Charles Redman from Arizona State University and David Foster from Harvard Forest, draws on research at six U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research sites, to describe what happens when humans alter natural ecological regimes through agricultural practices. Although each research site has its own unique agricultural history, patterns emerge that help us understand the impact of our actions on the earth, and how the earth pushes back.

"The synthesis that emerges is a powerful example of the insights that come from interdisciplinary networks of scientists who share a long-term view. This is a compelling example of the value of long-term research in which scientists from disparate backgrounds come to brilliant insights through intellectual networks that develop over many years of shared work."

-STEPHEN R. CARPENTER, Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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