Ecology in the Anthropocene: Observing, Understanding, and Embracing Human Nature
As a result, it is no longer possible to observe, understand or predict the functioning of ecosystems or evolutionary processes without understanding how human systems interact with, alter, or control them.
The emergence of the Anthropocene therefore heralds new imperatives and opportunities for ecological science and education.
As with humanity, ecology is becoming more global, multifunctional, multicultural, dynamic and adaptive.
Ultimately, to continue to progress, ecological science must embrace, observe, and model humans not as destroyers or disturbers of nature, but as permanent creators, engineers and stewards of our increasingly anthropogenic biosphere.