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Abstract:

Taking an ecosystems view

The science of ecology has always sat rather uncomfortably between the academic disciplines of botany, zoology, microbiology, geography, but the way the Earth System works is no respecter of university structures. The environmental challenges of the 21st century have forced both science and policy to raise their focus from the particular to the systemic, but very frequently our student training equips us inadequately for this change in perspective. What are the essential tools and concepts that have emerged over the past three decades that could help us to avoid dysfunctional futures?

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